This year, Teresa Ko, an associate professor of modern languages and Latin American studies coordinator, published an article titled, “Self-Orientalism and Inter-imperiality in Anna Kazumi Stahl’s ‘Flores de un solo dia’,” published in the journal Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies.
According to Ko, her research analyzed the literary works of fiction writer Anna Kazumi Stahl to understand why cultural producers of Asian descent replicate Orientalism; and why Orientalism proliferates in Latin America—particularly in Argentina—despite the region’s own marginalized position.
“I hope this article will help shed light on Asian-Latin American cultural production, as well as the particular issues that affect this often-ignored group,” Ko said. The Ursinus scholar has also been named a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) for 2020. The fellowship allows Ko to pursue her book project, Argentina: Race in a Raceless Nation. Ko is among the 81 fellows, selected from a pool of nearly 1,200 applicants, to be recognized for her research goals.