No, we’re not really going to Hawaii (just yet), but we were there by proxy at the 4th Annual Ethnic Studies Colloquium at the University of Hawaii!
Last fall, Sulu DC had the privilege of connecting with Camille Cabalo, a young scholar from the University of Hawaii. While interning at the Smithsonian APA Program, she was working on a research project exploring and expounding the identity formation of API spoken word artists and concepts of cultural memory, imagined community, articulating Asian femininity, and inter-generational conflict. Alex Cena and I were interviewed for this project, including Sulu DC artist alums, Michelle Myers (Yellow Rage), Kelly Tsai, and Marco Mercado.
Camille’s research paper was chosen to be presented at the 4th Annual Ethnic Studies Colloquium at the University of Hawaii. We’re honored that she chose to research and write about spoken word, which in many ways is, in comparison to other art forms, a rather new phenomenon, and how Asian American artists (de)construct identity through spoken word. We’re especially thrilled that she talks about the work of Sulu DC, and even included a video of the collaboration between Gowri K, Alex Cena, and myself in her presentation. You can catch the first part of her presentation below.
Thank you, Camille, for your contributions to Ethnic Studies/Asian American Studies! Keep an eye out for Camille–future critical scholar. She may be teaching my kids some day (that is, if I have kids).