This talk will be taken from Timothy K. August's first book, The Refugee Aesthetic: Reimagining Southeast Asian America, which investigates why a number of Southeast Asian American authors have recently embraced the refugee identity as a transformative position. Arguing that aesthetics should be central to the conceptualization of critical refugee studies, he shows how the refugee image can galvanize or marginalize refugees, depending upon how refugee aesthetics are used and circulated.

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