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An Imagine Otherwise podcast miniseries

A podcast miniseries collaboration between the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Ideas on Fire, and the Association for Asian American Studies featuring emerging scholars in Asian American studies.

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Tara Fickle on Tarot in the Classroom

What do game studies, literary studies, and Asian American studies have in common? How can immersive role play games help us better understand racial formation and resistance?

In episode 35 of the Imagine Otherwise podcast, host Cathy Hannabach interviews Tara Fickle about why video games and literature are such fruitful sites for understanding racial formation; what it was like for Tara to design and build her own video game about Japanese-American internment during World War II; how emerging scholars can gain the technological skills they need to create public, multimedia work; and how Tara uses cultural forms like tarot and comics in her teaching to get students to imagine different worlds.

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Leah Milne on the “Good Trouble” of Racial Justice

What is metafiction, and how can it serve as a tool for confronting power dynamics? Can incorporating unconventional genres in curriculum teach students critical thinking skills?

In episode 36 of the Imagine Otherwise podcast, host Cathy Hannabach interviews Leah Milne about how metafictional narratives by authors of color can provide a pedagogy of discomfort, how comics and graphic novels can spur the “good trouble” of social justice activism, and how she uses the classroom to teach radical empathy.

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Emily Hue on Burmese Performance Art

How are Burmese diasporic artists resisting notions of indebtedness and redefining narratives of political oppression and liberation? How can performance art and organic networking interrupt the academic-industrial complex?

In episode 37 of the Imagine Otherwise podcast, host Cathy Hannabach interviews Emily Hue about how Burmese performance artists navigate the intersecting violences in the asylum and refugee process, why grad students and other academics should explore multiple outlets for their work beyond the academic monograph, what luxury hair markets and oil spill cleanup have to do with one another, and Emily’s contribution to the giant wish list we’ve been compiling on this podcast as guests imagine and create better worlds.

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Surbhi Malik on Diasporic Radio

How does place-making help migrants understand and disrupt racial narratives? What role does mentoring play in academic progression and in everyday life? How can scholars move past capitalist definitions of self-worth as academia becomes increasingly corporatized?

In episode 38 of the Imagine Otherwise podcast, host Cathy Hannabach interviews Surbhi Malik about the complex place-making practices migrants employ, how Surbhi mentors students to consider their whole selves even while in academia, how she went from hosting an American music radio show in India to hosting an Indian music radio show in the US, and how public projects like radio and activism inform all of her scholarly work and taught her how to both identify and resist colonial legacies.

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Lila Sharif on the Settler Colonial Politics of Food

What does the rising popularity of the olive mean for global consumers, producers, and resisters? How do our intimate connections with food build memories and notions of place?

In episode 39 of the Imagine Otherwise podcast, host Cathy Hannabach interviews Lila Sharif about the role of food in both transnational settler colonialism and resistance to it, how Lila uses the classroom to get students thinking about their own food histories, the complex dynamics of ethical consumerism and where we get our food, and decolonization as an embodied, everyday form of imagining otherwise.

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