Cathy"Re-Sighting Southeast Asian American Studies"

If “sight” suggests a way of seeing, a field of vision, and a specific location (site), then this keynote address correspondingly explores the pioneering approaches, re-envisioned places, and alternative cartographies integral to Southeast Asian American Studies. Because of history (war), memory (trauma), and politics, this emergent field is redolent of alternative methodologies and imaginations. Within this multivalent milieu, “Re-Sighting Southeast Asian American Studies” commences with Kandice Chuh’s notion of “subjectless discourse”  by way of “imagining otherwise” and explores the possibilities, limitations, and contradictions of academic inquiry and practice.

Rooted in a personal history marked by immigration, migration, and diaspora, Dr. Schlund-Vials’ academic projects are informed by the experiences of dislocation and migration, and the crucial connections between history, memory, citizenship, and human rights. Her first book, Modeling Citizenship: Naturalization in Jewish and Asian American Writing (forthcoming, Temple University Press), examines the interplay between citizenship, performance, and immigration policy in the literatures of two “model minority” groups. Dr. Schlund-Vials’ second book, Resistive Memory:  Genocide Remembrance, Justice, and Cambodian American Memory Work (forthcoming, University of Minnesota Press), focuses its analytical attention on juridical activism in Cambodian American literature, performance, film, and hip-hop.

Cathy J. Schlund-Vials is an Assistant Professor in English and Asian American Studies at the University of Connecticut at Storrs.  She is also the Associate Director of the UConn Asian American Studies Institute. Her research interests include refugee cultural production, critical race theory, and contemporary ethnic American literary studies. Her work has appeared in Life Writing, Embodying Asian/American Sexualities (edited by Sean Metzger and Gina Masquesmay), and Journal of Asian American Studies.


Bill“21st Century Civil Rights Issues of Southeast Asian Americans in the Diaspora”

21st century civil rights issues affect the South East Asian and greater Asian Pacific diaspora in a variety of ways.  Racial categories developed through the 1960's through 1980's to capture in part the relationship of certain ethnic groups to the history and presence of U.S racism were important in framing the issues to address.  But in a global economy that has produced global migration and an underside of both human and sex trafficking, exploitation and marginalization of immigrant labor in the United States, what racial categories, if any, are still relevant and what updates are needed?  The speaker will explore this issue based on civil rights litigation and his legal representation of workers from the Philippines, Korea, China, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Burma, Bangladesh, etc. in United States federal courts in employment discrimination cases and before federal immigration authorities. 

(Bill Tamayo) was appointed in 1995 as the Regional Attorney for the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, San Francisco District. He currently directs the Commission’s litigation and legal program in Northern California, Northern Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho and Montana.  From 1995-2005 he directed the program in Northern and Central California, Hawaii, American Samoa, Wake Island, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

From 1979 – 1995 he was a staff attorney and the Managing Attorney for the Asian Law Caucus. Inc. of San Francisco where he emphasized the practice of immigration and nationality law and civil rights litigation and advocacy involving employment discrimination, affirmative action, immigrant rights, voting rights, and the Census.  He was co-counsel for the plaintiff-intervenor in EEOC and Castrejon v. Tortilleria La Major, 785 F. Supp. 585 (E.D. Cal 1991) (undocumented workers are protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964) and was on the legal team that developed the “self-petitioning provisions” for immigrant battered women under the Violence Against Women Act.

Mr. Tamayo has served as a speaker and trainer for the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Labor, Mexican consulates, American Bar Association, National Employment Lawyers Association,  Society of Human Resource Managers, American Immigration Lawyers Association, the State of Hawaii, the State Bar of California, Latino/a Critical Legal Studies, Washington Human Rights Commission, Puget Sound Business Journal, Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industry, Peking University Women’s Law Studies & Legal Aid Center, Yunnan Provincial Women’s Federation (China), Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Southern Poverty Law Center, National Network to End Violence Against Immigration Women, various law schools and others. 

His publications include, inter alia,  “The EEOC and Immigrant Workers”, 44 U. San Fran. L.R. 253 (Fall 2009), “The Role of the EEOC in Protecting the Civil Rights of Farm Workers”, 33 UC Davis L.R. 1075 (2000), and “The Effects of Immigration Status on Employment Litigation After Hoffman Plastics Compound” (National Employment Lawyers Association, 2004), and “When the ‘Coloreds’ Are neither Black nor Citizens:  The U.S. Civil Rights Movement and Global Migration”, 2 Asian L.  Jour. 1 (1995).  

During his tenure as Regional Attorney, the EEOC San Francisco District  has obtained significant settlements including among others, Arnett & EEOC v. California Public Employee Retirement System ($250 million for disabled public safety officers);  EEOC v. Walmart ($3.5 million for disabled workers denied accommodations or jobs) EEOC v. Lockheed-Martin ($2.5 million for black avionics electrician harassed and retaliated against); EEOC v. Les Schwab Tires ($2.0 million for women denied sales and service jobs); EEOC v. Tanimura & Antle ($1.855 million for sexually harassed and retaliated farm workers), EEOC v. Lowe’s Home Improvement  ($1.72 million for sexual harassment of store workers), EEOC v. Kovacevich “5” Farms ($1.68 million for female farm workers denied hire) and EEOC v. Herrick Corporation ($1.11 million for 4 Pakistani Muslims harassed at work), and a nearly $1 million verdict for a farm worker who was sexually harassed and retaliated against, EEOC v. Harris Farms

Mr. Tamayo received the 1990 Award for Lawyering from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, the 1993 Judge John Minor Wisdom Award from the American Bar Association (Section on Litigation), a 1993 Charles Bannerman Memorial Fellowship, the 1995 Carol King Award from the National Lawyers Guild National Immigration Project, the 1999 Jesse De La Cruz Community Service Award from California Rural Legal Assistance,  the 2004 Joe Morozumi Award for Exceptional Legal Advocacy from the Asian American Bar Association,  the 2004 Achievement Award from Filipinas magazine, the 2004 Accomplishment Award from the Asian Pacific Fund, a 2005 Trailblazer Award from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, the 2008 Government Employee Leadership Award  from the Midwest Association of Farmworker Organizations (MAFO) and the 2008 Workers Rights and Social Justice Award from Filipinos for Affirmative Action. 

He serves on the Advisory Board of the National Network to End Violence Against Immigrant Women, the Board of Asian Pacific Islanders with Disabilities in California, and the Executive Committee of the Bar Association of San Francisco Labor and Employment Committee.   He is a Government Fellow of the American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Committee (2008-2010).

B.A. San Francisco State University.  J.D. University of California, Davis, School of Law, King Hall. 


Performance by SEACHAMPA artist community.


South East AsianCultural Heritage & Musical Performing Arts:
Artists, Musicians, Performers uniting to preserve Culture and Heritage

South East Asian Cultural Heritage & Musical Performing Arts is a collaboration of volunteers and supporters of a South East Asian American lifestyle, uniting artists, musicians and performers.  This grassroots effort is supported by volunteers and will organically change with the population it serves.



"The Nguyens"

Award-winning spoken word poet Bao Phi explores alternative stories of Vietnamese American life through his newest work, The Nguyens.  After many years feeling caught between expectations for either a hegemonic, stereotypical immigrant narrative or a non-threatening assimilationist aesthetic, Bao Phi wanted to explore alternative stories and politics of Vietnamese Americans through fictional character poems.  From stuntwomen to auto mechanics to Prince impersonators, he seeks to invigorate the spirit of community and add to the rich dialogue of our growing communities.


Bao Phi has been a performance poet since 1991.  A two-time Minnesota Grand Slam champion and a National Poetry Slam finalist, Bao Phi has appeared on HBO Presents Russell Simmons Def Poetry, and a poem of his appeared in the 2006 Best American Poetry anthology.  His poems and essays are widely published in numerous publications including Screaming Monkeys and Spoken Word Revolution Redux.  He has also released several CDs of his poetry, such as the recently sold-out Refugeography to his newest CD, The Nguyens EP.  He has performed in venues and schools across the country, from the Nuyorican Poets Café to the University of California, Berkeley.  He was featured in the award-winning documentary feature film The Listening Project as an American listener who traveled the world to talk to every day people about global issues and politics.  He also returned to acting in 2008 with a feature role in Theatre Mu’s production of Q & A.  In addition to his creative work, he was nominated for a Facing Race Ambassador award in recognition for his community work, and has published essays in topics from Asians in hip hop to Asian representation in video games. He maintains a popular blog for the Star Tribune’s website, which he uses to bring issues and alternative perspectives on Asian American community to light.  Currently he continues to perform across the country, remains active as an Asian American community organizer, and works at the Loft, where he creates and operates programs for artists and audiences of color.  His series, Equilibrium, recently won the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Anti-Racism Initiative Award.


The Like Me's

Beyond connecting to our roots, we want to revive and sustain the tradition of the arts in our culture. The universal language of music is valuable to contemporary Cambodian issues not only because is it a tool of empowerment and education, it is an intangible cultural artifact that no regime, whether democratic or totalitarian, can steal from Cambodians again. We believe it can provide real reconciliation solutions for Cambodians culturally and psychologically in regards to the genocide.

Members: Laura Mam, Monique Coquilla, Ben Everett, Loren Alonzo, Helena Hong, Raymond Bernal


Orkes Pantai Barat, University of Caliofrnia, Riverside Keroncong Ensemble

Orkes Pantai Barat formed two years ago and consists of students and faculty members.  We play keroncong , a string instrument-based music that has its roots in the Portuguese fado music brought to Indonesia by traders in the late 16th century and was played primarily in urban, lower class, mixed-race (Eurasian) communities in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  A traditional keroncong ensemble is comprised entirely of Western instruments—violin, flute, cello, guitar, contrabass, as well as the cuk and cak (two Indonesian ukeleles).  The flute and violin play soaring melodies while the remaining instruments play complex melodic figuration and rhythmic patterns.  Vocalists are also integral in keroncong, not only in terms of adding to the lush textures but also by structuring songs (usually in refrain form). 

Orkes Pantai Barat (UCR Keroncong ensemble) is:

Michael Atienza: voice
-MA in Southeast Asian Studies from Moreno Valley, CA, also studied music at UCR
Matt Geer: cello
-sophomore majoring History, minoring in Music, from LA
Craig Chin: cuk (ukulele)
-senior majoring in Biochemistry, from San Francisco, also plays Hawaiian ukulele well
Russ Skelchycak (ukulele)—PhD candidate in Ethnomusicology, MA in Southeast Asian Studies, founder of Orkes Pantai Barat in 2008, from Chicago, IL (born in KL)
Kate Alexander: cak (ukulele)
-2nd year PhD student in Ethnomusicology, from San Diego
Aaron Singer: guitar
-pursuing concurrent MAs in Southeast Asian Studies and Ethnomusicology, from Huntington Beach, CA
Husni Abu Bakar: guitar
-3rd yr PhD student in Comparative Literature and Southeast Asian Studies, from KL
Rene Lysloff: keyboard
-professor in Ethnomusicology and former director of SEATRiP (Southeast Asian Text Ritual and Performance), from Oshkosh, WI
Julian Lozos: violin
-has an MA in Composition from UCR but currently a Geoscience PhD student at UCR, from Virginia originally
Deborah Wong: flute
-professor in Ethnomusicology, former president of the Society of Ethnomusicology (SEM), currently chair of the UCR Music Dept., originally from Buffalo, NY
Vito Mahaputra: bass
-visiting student at James North High School in Riverside, CA from Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Contact Russ Skelchy for more information.