If you want to know all about Southeast Asian cultures, politics, history and diasporas, the Southeast Asian Diaspora Conference at San Francisco State is taking place March 10-11, and it is a free event.
Discussions vary from Khmer arts to Hmongs’ resettlement in the West, from exploration of the Caodai religion to Southeast Asian mental health.

"The San Francisco Bay Area is home to sizable populations of Burmese, Cambodian, Filipino, Hmong, Indonesian, Lao, Malaysian, Singaporean, Thai, and Vietnamese Americans," notes the conference home page. "This conference will foreground the large Southeast Asian American communities of the Bay Area, Silicon Valley, and the Pacific Northwest, as well as continue to build momentum and grow just as the Southeast Asian American demographics increase in size and visibility here in the U.S. and in particular, on the West Coast."

According to AsianWeek, the two-day conference explores “memories (e.g., memories of homeland; memories of war; memories of childhood and growing up American; historical memories; embodied memories; intergenerational memories; technologies of memories; and imagined/created memories) and visions (actual sightings and sites of Southeast Asian Americans and their communities, both real and imaginary).” Since the conference is taking place after the 2010 census, AsianWeek reports, “the focus will be on locating/situating Southeast Asian American Studies for the 21st century."

Among the keynote speakers will be Dr. Schlund-Vials, author of "Resistive Memory: Genocide Remembrance, Justice, and Cambodian American Memory Work," and award-winning spoken word poet Bao Phi, who explores alternative stories of Vietnamese American life through his newest work, “The Nguyens.”

Andrew Lam, author of "East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres," will be speaking at this conference on Friday March 11 at 2 pm. see info.