pacific thoughts

“What does the ocean allow you to think or do that other concepts do not?” In this piece, Buyco suggests the ocean can be generative in imagining relationalities...

Colors of Rot: Pandemic’s Fungal Turn

Lawrence Cohen lays out the events precipitating and surrounding the epidemic proliferation of mucormycosis or “black fungus” in India, charting its pathophysiological, mediatic, and chromatic dimensions. Colors of...

august 2021

Jane Yang offers a creative re-imagination of Lu Xun’s A Madman’s Diary within/alongside/vis-à-vis the pandemic.

july 2021

Carlos Rojas discusses first responses to COVID-19 as recorded by an archival project created by Duke Kunshan University (DKU), a partnership between Duke University and Wuhan University.

june 2021

Artist Tada Hengsapkul and curator Thanavi Chotpradit explore the underwater afterlives of the Cold War.

First Looks: Notes on COVID-19

“First Looks” is a forum that captures the sense of an “unsettled” pandemic interregnum to ask: can the irresolution, the waiting, the vanishing certitudes of the interregnum be productive?

special issue: critical reflections on "comfort women" 75 years on​

fall 2020


From a piercing collection of poems, A Cruelty Special to Our Species, poet Emily Jungmin Yoon explores gender, race, and...

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