Tamara C. Ho PO ’91
Associate Professor, Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies
University of California, Riverside
Associate Professor, Department of Asian American Studies
California State University, Fullerton
Sponsored by ASAM94: Community Health, Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies (www.idaas.org), Pitzer College Campus Life – Academic Events Fund
The special issue of AALR on mental health pays particular attention to:
- adopting a broader vocabulary of vulnerability and woundedness;
- locating un/wellness in the context of social structures and systems of violence;
- reconsidering existing, predominantly medicalized, understandings of mental health as fundamentally part of the crisis; and
- centering alternate understandings of un/wellness emerging from Asian American communities.
The collection explores these approaches through a wealth of multimedia art, writing, and scholarship, including:
- a deck of tarot cards— featuring original art and text that work to reveal the hidden contours of our Asian American emotional, psychic, and spiritual lives;
- a foldout testimonial tapestry— a collectively woven tapestry of written and visual testimonials of trauma, survival, and care;
- a “hacked” mock DSM: Asian American Edition— a new catalog of “definitions”/reflections, with alternate understandings of un/wellness and critiques of Psychology as field, discourse, and industry; and
- a stack of daughter-to-mother letters— handwritten letters that rethink intergenerational intimacies and violences, Asian American daughterhood and motherhood.
The event is free and open to the public.