Book Talk: Transpacific Literary and Cultural Connections | DKU Library Book Fair 2021 | Duke Kunshan University

Book Talk: Transpacific Literary and Cultural Connections | DKU Library Book Fair 2021

Event List | Duke Kunshan Library Book Fair 2021


10 – 11 am, April 22 (CST) • AB Ballroom & Online
Webinar ID: 991 4878 9893.

In this book talk, Miguel Rojas-Sotelo, Jie Lu and Martín Camps will join Zairong Xiang virtually to discuss Transpacific Literary and Cultural Connections: Latin American Influences in Asia. Edited by Lu and Camps, the book focuses on Latin American intellectual, literary, and cultural influences on Asia, which have long been overshadowed by the dominance of Europe-/North America-oriented discourse. The volume examines how Asian literature, films, and art interact with Latin American literature and ideas to re-examine, re-consider, and re-explore issues related to the two regions’ historical traumas, cultural identities, indigenous/vernacular traditions, and peripheral global-ness. Rojas-Sotelo’s contribution to the volume adopts a comparative reading of recent cultural productions in China and Latin America and argues that the shared commonalities followed important cultural exchanges of the 1970s and 80s which reflect the politics of the time as well as cultural flows among otherwise estranged territories.

Transpacific Literary and Cultural Connections: Latin American Influence in Asia
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Guest Speakers

Martín Camps is Professor of Spanish and Director of Latin American Studies at the University of the Pacific. He is the author of Border Crossings: Towards a Narrative of the Desert (2008) and editor of four books, including Dialogues on the Delta: Approaches to the City of Stockton (2018), A Smile Sharp as a Blade, Enrique Serna’s Writings (2018), and Critical Essays on L. A. Ramos (2003). He has published more than 30 articles and book chapters in Latin American fiction, and he is the author of six books of poetry, one novel, and two book translations.

Jie Lu works on issues of representation of the city and new urban culture in contemporary Chinese fiction and film. She is Professor of Chinese Studies & Film Studies at the University of the Pacific; the author of Dismantling Time: Chinese Literature in the Age of Globalization (2005); co-editor of China and New Left Vision: Political and Cultural Interventions (2012); editor of China’s Literature and Cultural Scenes at the Turn of the 21st Century (2008), and guest-editor of two special issues in Journal of Contemporary China (03, 08).

Miguel Rojas-Sotelo is an author, visual artist, filmmaker, and multidisciplinary scholar. He works on the nexus of culture, history, and the environment from an engaged, situated and contextual approach. His recent books, Irruptions, Compressions, Contraventions (2017) and BE PATIENT | SE PACIENTE Artistic and Medical Entanglements in the Work of Libia Posada (2018) are a testimony of such method. He won the 2017–2018 National Prize in Art Criticism by the Colombian Ministry of Culture and is co-editing two new books, GRAPHIC IN TRANSIT | Sergio Sánchez Santamaría, and MINGAS DE LA IMAGEN: intercultural networks. A former visiting professor at DKU, he lived and traveled in China between 2017 and 2019, where he developed the comparative approach to his work which he applied to his text “Common Ground,” which he will talk about in this event.


Zairong Xiang is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Associate Director of Art at Duke Kunshan University. He is the author of Queer Ancient Ways: A Decolonial Exploration (2018). He curated the “minor cosmopolitan weekend” at the HKW Haus der Kulturen der Welt (2018) and is the editor of its catalogue Minor Cosmopolitan: Thinking Art, Politics and Universe Together Otherwise (2020). As a member of Hyperimage Group, he curated the “Why Collectivity?” exhibition of the 2021 Guangzhou Image Triennial. He is working on two projects, respectively dealing with the concepts of “transdualism” and “counterfeit” in the Global South, especially Latin America and China.