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(Gay) Panic Attack: Series of Case Histories and Commentaries
Start Date: 4/4/2017Start Time: 4:30 PM
End Date: 4/4/2017End Time: 6:00 PM

Event Description:
(Gay) Panic Attack: A Series of Case Histories and Commentaries on Accomplished Gay Parachute Children, will be presented by Professor David Eng from chapters of his forthcoming book on academically accomplished parachute children, all of whom identity as gay. The term “parachute children” encompasses adolescents and children as young as eight who migrate often on their own from different parts of Asia to English-speaking countries in the West for educational opportunities.) What remains perplexing in nearly every case history of these driven undergraduate and graduate students is the fact that sexuality remains largely tangential to their self-understandings of their psychic predicaments. All have sought therapy because of debilitating panic attacks—high levels of anxiety and stress that rendered them incapacitated, depressed, and dissociated. Strikingly, while they view sexual orientation as key factor in their desires to immigrate, they do not regard it as a significant site of conflict or related to their panic attacks. What, then, is all the panic about? To answer this question, my talk explores among other things the psychic structures of colorblindness among millennials.

David Eng, Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, specializes in areas including American literature, Asian American studies, Asian diaspora, psychoanalysis, critical race theory, queer studies, and visual culture. He is author of The Feeling of Kinship: Queer Diasporas and the Racialization of Intimacy (Duke, forthcoming) and Racial Castration: Managing Masculinity in Asian America (Duke, 2001). In addition, he is co-editor with David Kazanjian of Loss: The Politics of Mourning (California, 2003), with Alice Y. Hom of Q & A: Queer in Asian America (Temple, 1998), and with Judith Halberstam and Jose Muñoz of a special issue of the journal Social Text (2005), “What’s Queer about Queer Studies Now?” He is currently at work on two new projects, a study of neoliberalism and desire in Chinese cinema and an analysis of political and psychic reparation.
Location Information:
*Swarthmore College - Kohlberg
Room: Kohlberg, Scheuer Room
Contact Information:
Name: Anna Everetts
Phone: (610) 328-7750
Email: aeveret1@swarthmore.edu
David Eng
Event Sponsors
Asian Heritage Month Event, X-Pride Month Event, Asian Studies, and Gender and Sexuality Studies
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The Public

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