The 2021 Pop Convergence: A Virtual Pop Conference, April 22-25th
Artwork by Alex Nero; Design by The Art Dictator
Saturday, April 24 • 11:30am - 12:45pm
Listening Queerly: Sounds of the Asian/American Diaspora in Flux (Room A: Sky Church)

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Listening Queerly: Sounds of the Asian/American Diaspora in Flux (Room A: Sky Church)

This critical karaoke session thinks alongside Asian American musicians and artists to reckon with the violence of the present. Across analyses of queercore, country, house parties, and gallery installations, we seek to listen queerly, which Thea Quiray Tagle theorizes as “otherwise possibilities for living together and being in relation that can better realize our mutual and collective survival.” In doing so, we collectively reflect on the political reverberations of 2020 through how Asian American racialization proceeds in flux--that is, we heed critiques in organizing and academic theory of how the Asian diaspora can perpetuate antiblackness and settler colonialism as part of a larger upheaval in socially engaged thought. Through the critical karaoke format, a presentation that emphasizes accompaniment and the mutual exchange between artist and critic, we seek to highlight Asian American artists’ interventions into race, space, and genre with a special attention toward mutual relationality. We argue that the sights and sites of Asian American sound are central toward that task.

Paper order will be: Liu, Ishii, Pereya, and Tagle.


Runchao Liu

Bad Punk: Queer, Angry, Asian, and Some Punk StoriesThis presentation curates an Asian American punk soundtrack to tell some bad punk stories of Asian America in a critical karaoke format. My inspiration of theorizing “Bad Punk” comes from other similar two-word combinations... Read More →
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Douglas Ishii

Douglas S. Ishii is an assistant professor at the University of Washington. He received a Career Enhancement Fellowship from the Institute for Citizens & Scholars. His articles are published in Camera Obscura; American Literature, for which his essay was named Honorable Mention for... Read More →

Jewel Pereyra

“No Requests”: Pinay Mobile DJ Cultures in the Washington, D.M.V. AreaPresenterThis critical karaoke presentation details the myriad ways that Filipina Mobile DJs construct and fashion their racial and gendered identities within the Washington, D.M.V. (D.C., Maryland, and Virginia... Read More →
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Thea Quiray Tagle

Assistant Professor of critical ethnic studies and queer studies, UMass Boston
Y’all Better Listen: Queer Punctuations of Public Space During Crisis This critical karaoke performance ruminates alongside three sound pieces accompanying artworks by queer Asian diasporic, Black, and Indigenous artists/poets/musicians/performers Art 25, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, and... Read More →

Saturday April 24, 2021 11:30am - 12:45pm PDT
Room A: Sky Church