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Get Lit: How Much of These Hills is Gold with Karen Kuo

Date(s): Thursday, November 5, 2020, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m Arizona time
Genre and Form(s): Asian American, History, Race
Cost: Free

About this Event

Spirited Conversation. Literary Culture. Normally every 1st Thursday at Valley Bar. Online During COVID-19.

This Month: How Much of These Hills is Gold with Karen Kuo

How are Asian Americans represented in the United States of America? What role did they play in western expansion? Which narratives have been included? Which have been left out? What does it mean to reconsider US history through Asian American identity and migration? How can we undermine the myth of manifest destiny? What does being American even mean?

Join Karen Kuo, ASU Professor of Asian Pacific American Studies, for a conversation exploring Asian American identity, migration, representation, and history at Get Lit on Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 7 pm Phoenix MST.

While this month's Get Lit is inspired by C Pam Zhang's How Much of These Hills is Goldyou do not have to have read or be familiar with the book in order to attend.

C Pam Zhang will be visiting with ASU Professor Julian Lim at the Scholarly Series on Hope and Empowerment on Friday, November 20, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. (presented in partnership with the Institute for Humanities Research at ASU). To learn more about the Scholarly Series on Hope and Empowerment, visit our website at

Please note: while this event is free and open to the public, you must register through Eventbrite to receive the Zoom link. Space is first-come, first-served. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Attendance may be capped at 30 guests in order to allow everyone the opportunity to speak. Registrations do not guarantee or reserve seats. The Zoom link will be sent two days and two hours before the meeting. If you have any questions or require different forms of access, please reach out to Marketing and Outreach Specialist Jake Friedman at

About the Author

Karen Kuo is an associate professor in the School of Social Transformation. Her current work focuses on the geopolitical and cultural representations of Asia and Asians in films and novels of early twentieth century America. Her work examines how U.S. narratives about Asia and Asian migration culturally defined US understandings of the foreign and the domestic. She was also the lead principal investigator for the International Nikkei Legacy Project (INRP) sponsored in part by the Japanese American National Museum.