About Anne Cong-Huyen

PhD in English and digital media at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Research interests include transnational literature, hospitality, narratives of migration and labor, and graphic and digital media.

For fans of Gene Yang

He has a two-book set coming out in September! Boxers and Saints, about the Boxer Rebellion in China. Looks stunning!


From the publisher:

The Boxer Rebellion is a war that took place on Chinese soil over 100 years ago.  Back then, the Chinese government was incredibly weak. Western powers were able to establish concessions – pieces of land that functioned as colonies – all across China. The poor, hungry, illiterate teenagers living in the Chinese countryside felt embarrassed by their nation’s weakness, so they came up with this ritual that they believed would give them mystical powers. Armed with these powers, they marched across their homeland into the major cities, killing European missionaries, merchants, soldiers, and Chinese Christians. Because their martial arts reminded the Europeans of boxing, they became known as the Boxers.

More info on Yang’s site

Thank you!

Just one final post to thank you guys for a great summer session! I really enjoyed having all of you in my class. You each contributed in very valuable ways. I wish you all the best for the future and hope to see you all again. I also encourage you all to keep in touch!

And if anyone is interested in pursuing interests in the Asian Am pop culture scenes, here are a few opportunities that I came across today: 

AT&T and ISAtv short film pitch contest with Wong Fu Prod., John Chu, and Freddie Wong

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Hyphen Magazine Erotic Fiction Contest (entries due Sept. 9): 

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Examples for a Cultural Theory of Asian Am YouTube

In case we don’t get to these during our final class, here are a couple examples of participatory culture and Youtube as the meeting point of commercial mass media, grass roots and activist groups, and community-based media makers. Hopefully we’ll have time to discuss these tomorrow!

Original Apple Macintosh 1984 Superbowl commercial:

The reappropriated and remixed Obama ad prior to the 2008 Democratic Primaries:

And an example of Asian American grassroots community action on Youtube, the 18Million Rising “(Don’t) Vote” PSA that features many familiar Asian Am Youtube and Internet celebrities.

Let me know if you guys can think of additional examples!

George Takei’s Petition to Preserve Access to Tule Lake Internment Camp

In a collision of many things discussed in this class–politics, representation, history, and critical cultural studies–outspoken actor, gay rights activist, social media guru, and Asian American pop culture hero, George Takei has blogged about a plan to build a wall around Tule Lake Internment Camp in Northern California, where he and his family were imprisoned during WWII.

Here is an excerpt from his blog post:

Tule Lake had a “stockade” concrete prison block where those who vocalized their opposition to the internment were held in solitary confinement and tortured. It was our own Guantanemo. Brad and I undertook a pilgrimage back to Tule Lake and visited the stockade, a sad but important reminder that when our democracy fails, any one of us could be its targets.


I have spent my life ensuring that we never forget, and never repeat, these mistakes of the past. The culmination of this work is the musical “Allegiance” which is coming to Broadway next year, which I hope many, many people will see.


I recently learned, however, that the FAA has proposed to construct an 8 foot high, 16,000 foot long fence to close off the Tule Lake site, ostensibly to protect the airstrip (used primarily for cropdusters) along the campsite firebreak road. This fence, which is overkill simply to keep out wildlife such as deer, would prevent any visitors to the grounds of the former internment camp, include the infamous stockade. It would be a body blow to our efforts to keep this critical piece of American history, however blighted, from fading from our collective memory.

This news coincides with our upcoming week’s topic of digitized Asian America and highlights the importance of digital and networked communications technologies for Asian American politics, activism, and cultural production. That said, here is the link to his petition.

Here is more information on Tule Lake Internment Camp (or Tule Lake Relocation Center).

Upcoming Coalition for Justice Events in SB

The Santa Barbara Coalition for Justice will be hosting a series of Teach-In Events on Thursdays to educate and spread awareness of injustices that people of color (POC) face. I’ll be at the event tomorrow (Thursday) where I’ll be happy to hand back quizzes, and would love it if any you are free and could also attend. Please spread the word!

The workshops will focus on (but are not limited to) blackness, anti-hate, prejudices, structural racism, stereotypical clothing, etc. The first one is tomorrow:

  • Trayvon Martin Teach-In: Beginning Thursday July 25th, 2013  from 11:30 am – 2:00 pm At the Arbor. This is a safe space for people to voice their opinion and learn more about the Trayvon Martin case and tragedies similar to this case.https://www.facebook.com/events/406497212792933/



Additional events that are coming up this week include the following:

  • Candle Light Vigil & Silent March – Justice for Trayvon: Friday July 26th, 2013 from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm Starting at the Theater and Dance Courtyard at UCSB and leading in Isla Vista  https://www.facebook.com/events/541565452557520/
  • March and Rally in Downtown Santa Barbara – Justice for Trayvon: Saturday August 17th, 2013 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Starting at the Santa Barbara Courthouse and leading to Stearn’s Wharf.

For more information please contact the Coalition for Justice SB at coalitionforjustice.sb@gmail.com