Title

Thus Spoke the Heretic: Poetry from the liminal state

Lead Author Major

Psychology and English

Lead Author Status

Junior

Format

Oral Presentation

Faculty Mentor Name

Amy Smith

Faculty Mentor Department

English

Abstract/Artist Statement

Saturated by my experiences as a second-generation Chinese American woman, the works in this ongoing collection are unified by the thematic underpinnings of “otherness,” displacement, liminality, generational trauma, power(lessness), and filial piety. The disorientation that comes from feeling not quite at home anywhere is a distinct part of diasporic identity that is nested within the core of my poetry. Additionally, ambiguous grief and embodied mourning, derived from inheriting the historical trauma of “Chinese American-ness” (e.g., the 1875 Page Act and the Chinese Exclusion Act), act as the sites at which art and countermemory collide in this collection. Thus Spoke the Heretic represents an important addition to the explosive contemporary literary movement that is being spearheaded by queer, BIPOC writers and thinkers. It calls attention to the intersection of womanhood and race—in the context of growing up Chinese American in a predominantly white environment—with an authentically strained voice shaped by my lived experiences.

Location

Yosemite Learning Lab, William Knox Holt Memorial Library and Learning Center

Start Date

30-4-2022 1:00 PM

End Date

30-4-2022 1:19 PM

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Thus Spoke the Heretic: Poetry from the liminal state

Yosemite Learning Lab, William Knox Holt Memorial Library and Learning Center

Saturated by my experiences as a second-generation Chinese American woman, the works in this ongoing collection are unified by the thematic underpinnings of “otherness,” displacement, liminality, generational trauma, power(lessness), and filial piety. The disorientation that comes from feeling not quite at home anywhere is a distinct part of diasporic identity that is nested within the core of my poetry. Additionally, ambiguous grief and embodied mourning, derived from inheriting the historical trauma of “Chinese American-ness” (e.g., the 1875 Page Act and the Chinese Exclusion Act), act as the sites at which art and countermemory collide in this collection. Thus Spoke the Heretic represents an important addition to the explosive contemporary literary movement that is being spearheaded by queer, BIPOC writers and thinkers. It calls attention to the intersection of womanhood and race—in the context of growing up Chinese American in a predominantly white environment—with an authentically strained voice shaped by my lived experiences.