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APIDA Heritage Month Keynote Speaker Series Featuring Mimi Khúc: Why We Feel Like We Owe Everything to Our Immigrant Parents: A Conversation on Filial Debt (DICE)


Time: Thursday, February 14, 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Location: Curl Hall

Do you feel like you owe your parents for their sacrifices? How does this sense of debt--and the gratitude that it requires--shape your experiences and choices? This workshop will discuss the concept of filial debt, where it comes from, and how it shapes relationships in immigrant families. We will explore how it feels to try to be a person in the shadow of all-consuming debt to one's parents. Participants will gain new tools for understanding their own family dynamics, reflect on how to navigate them, and perhaps find new strategies of finding agency and selfhood.


Mimi Khúc, PhD, is a writer, scholar, and teacher of things unwell. Her research interests include mental health and critical disability studies, queer of color feminist critique, religion and magic, and Asian American motherhood. She is an adjunct professor of Asian American studies, religious studies, and women+gender studies, and the managing editor of The Asian American Literary Review, a DC-based arts nonprofit. She is the guest editor of Open in Emergency: A Special issue on Asian American Mental Health, an arts and humanities intervention that works to rethink and decolonize Asian American un/wellness.


Sponsored by Social Justice Engagement (SJE)

This is part of the APIDA Heritage Month 2019

This event also counts for 1 DICE Credit toward your DICE Certificate. More information about DICE and how to earn credits can be found here:

Gelli Ann Dayrit

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