“The Transpacific: Life Narratives Across Media” with Ahngeli Shivam

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Date(s) - 10/20/21
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Fulbright Association Hawaiʻi Chapter Monthly Zoom Conversation

6-7 p.m. Wednesday, October 20, 2021


“The Transpacific: Life Narratives Across Media”

with Ahngeli Shivam

Fulbrighter from Germany at UH-Mānoa’s Center for Biographical Research

Meeting ID: 850 1363 6972

Passcode: VYd1dA


Ahngeli Shivam is a dual PhD student in American Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany, and in English (concentration in Literary Studies) at Georgia State University. As a Fulbright Scholar, she is a visiting researcher at UH-MānoaCenter for Biographical Research and the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California while working on her dissertation. Her chapter “A New Age of Diversity and Visibility” will be published in McFarland & Company’s upcoming book on “Streaming Video Services: Essays on Markets, Audiences and Content of Internet Television.” As a humanities scholar with experience in the academic, journalistic and public relations sectors, she is passionate about cross-culture communication and research in the field of transnational American Studies—particularly Life Writing and Transpacific, Television, and Gender Studies.

“For my dissertation research, I focus on the contemporary, multimedial representation and portrayal of subjects associated with the Transpacific to address the presence of harmful stereotypes related to societal issues, race and racial politics, gender, economy, migration, identity, and class, as well as the complexities of the pan-ethnic identity marker “Asian American.” I examine life writing and contemporary onscreen representations—which have overwhelmingly depicted marginalized groups as passive, stereotyped characters—to explore how these forms currently address cultural identity, the model minority myth, and ethnic invisibility. My primary research subjects are Jimmy O. Yang, Mindy Kaling, and Barack Obama, their written and medial works, and how their platforms enable them to provoke potential change and contribute to social movements.”

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