The Fifth Asians in the Americas Symposium

Southeast Missouri State University
September 22-23, 2017
Download the symposium program (.pdf)

Symposium Background

The Asians in the Americas symposium started in 2012 at Southeast Missouri State University as an answer and partial solution to the complete absence of any meaningful discussion of the many aspects of what it means to be Asian in the Americas in the forums that already existed.

The goal of the symposium is to expand the conversation, to cross borders and boundaries, both real and imaginary, to compare and contrast, but always with the idea that a unified study that linked the Americas and incorporated “Asian” in the greatest sense of the word would bring to the forefront the complexities of identity, citizenry, and Nation in discussions by and about people of Asian descent living in the Americas.

The Symposium invites papers that focus on any aspect of the Asian experience in the Americas. We especially encourage submissions that challenge the geographical boundaries of Asian America, themes that expand the boundaries and bring to light the experiences of people in the Americas from the Asian continent. In light of the most recent executive order banning the entry of people from certain regions of the world into the United States, we are reminded historically of the human toll such nationalistic actions can take. Sessions regarding his(stories) of exclusion against all people of Asian descent and theories debasing such policies throughout the Americas are highly encouraged.


All presentations should be given in English and last no more than 20 minutes.

Registration for Symposium

Your registration fee covers the cost of symposium plus membership in the Asians in the Americas Association.  The fee for the symposium includes a reception on Friday, September 22, and lunch and dinner on September 23.

Hotel Information

Registration for hotels must be made by August 21 to ensure the rate.  Please mention Asians in the Americas when registering.  Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Debbie Lee-DiStefano at

Clicking the name of each hotel will take you to their website for more information before making your choice.

Auburn Place Hotel and Suites
$74 per night

Hampton Inn and Suites
$119 per night

Holiday Inn Express and Suites
$104 per night

Getting to Cape Girardeau

St. Louis is the closest city with a major airport many car rental facilities onsite.  STL is the city code.  You can also transfer in St. Louis and fly directly to Cape Girardeau from St. Louis with Cape Air.  The airport code for Cape Girardeau is CGI.





To register, please fill out the registration form. Make certain to list any dietary restrictions. Once you submit the form, you can click on the PayPal button to submit your symposium registration fee. Please email if you have any questions. 

Registration Fee

Once you complete and send the registration form, click the PayPal button to submit your $175 symposium fee. Please send any questions to Debbie Lee-DiStefano by sending email to

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