Summer 2021 Dresher Center Summer Faculty Fellows
Project: “Racial-Ethnic and Advocacy Socialization in Chinese American Families during the COVID-19 Pandemic”
Charissa Cheah currently leads a research project that examines various forms of racism and racial discrimination experienced by Chinese American parents and children during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the associations between these experiences of social rejection with their racial-ethnic identities, struggles with integrating their multiple identities, and the subsequent impact of these identities on their mental health and well-being using surveys. Over the course of this fellowship, Cheah will work to develop the level of expertise in relevant Asian American studies literature necessary to historicize these racialized experiences. She will learn discourse analysis to reveal Chinese American parents’ critical consciousness and racial justice advocacy through how they imagine their families’ racial and civic identities and lives, and co-participate in socialization using interviews conducted with 80 parents from May to June 2020. She will also draft a manuscript from these interviews.
Associate Professor, Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication
Project: “Patriarchy’s Remains”
Erin Hogan’s book project, “Patriarchy’s Remains,” offers a requiem for the living dead. On screen, “patriarchal putrefaction” flags an array of inequalities in grotesque tradition, cinema, and contemporary quality of life. This project is a longitudinal study of the patriarch on the Spanish screen whose corpus is sliced into four thematic cross-sections that align with significant socioeconomic, demographic, and cultural shifts over the last sixty years. In her book, Hogan dissects Iberian dark humor films (1958-2018), arguing that the uninterred patriarch’s bare death indicates the vulnerability of the living dead, his indebted companions. During the fellowship, Hogan will revise Chapters Two and Four, which examine intimate revolt and the rise of matriarchal sovereignty, and complete her book manuscript.
Professor of the Practice, Media and Communication Studies
Project: “‘I’ve Endured’: The Music and Legacy of Ola Belle Reed”
“‘I’ve Endured’” is a 20-30 minute video documentary on traditional musician Ola Belle Campbell Reed (1916-2002). Ola Belle’s story embodies the experience of southern migrants in the 1930s to 1960s. She is credited with playing a central role in the revival of old-time and bluegrass music during the 1960s-1970s. In addition to documenting her career, this film will focus on the living legacy of her music and life. The film is intended to screen in conjunction with a 2023 exhibit at the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery, focusing on Ola Belle and the wave of Appalachian migration to Maryland. It will also screen at festivals, community events and online.