Asia-Pacific in the Making of the Americas: Toward a Global History

The Asia-Pacific in the Making of the Americas: Toward a Global History (APMA) research initiative was established in 2010 by the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America. The initiative aims to create a community of faculty, curators, librarians, and graduate students whose work focuses on the global history and interdisciplinary contexts of the study of encounters and exchange between the Asia-Pacific and the Americas.

The APMA sponsors small, focused symposia that feature talks and paper presentations by regional, national, and international scholars of Pacific histories based in a range of disciplines including American studies, art history, Asian American studies, English, ethnic studies, economics, and history. The APMA also hosts workshops for Brown faculty and students to discuss the work presented by invited scholars.

Since 2010 we have held seven international symposia, the full schedules for which can be accessed on the left-hand menu.  They are: "Repositioning Taiwan and the Americas: Formosa to the Present," "Interconnected: Finding East Asia in Unexpected American Places" (held in conjunction with the John Carter Brown Library), "Manila: Transpacific Nexus of Cultural Translation,"  "America and the China Trades, 1750-1850," "Transpacific and Transoceanic Exchanges,"  "Approaches to Transnational Asian American Histories,"  "Intimate Relations: Nineteenth-Century Chinese Immigration before Exclusion"  (held in conjunction with the JNB Center for Public Humanities), and "Repositioning Taiwan and the Americas from Formosa to the Present."