This special issue of Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas, “Memory and Migration,” addresses the ways that polycentric positions and multi-sited locations constitute diasporic cultures. For scholar, cultural theo- rist, author, and activist Gloria Anzaldúa: “Culture forms our beliefs. We perceive the version of reality that it communicates.” Embodied movements, including access to (and restriction of) mobility across geographical terrains, expose the artificiality of society—geopolitical and cultural constructions— whose power differentials often delineate fields of academic knowledge. The academics and artistic practitioners who have contributed to this issue engage polycentric perspectives in order to approach their studies of Asian diasporic movements from different locations within and without academic provinces. Each piece provokes an understanding of necessarily global histories, such as immigration, trade, cultural and literary exchange, and translation, as well as the power dynamics that shape—and are shaped by—practical experiences of language, nation, ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, and religion.
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