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Jayson Gonzales Sae-Saue

Assistant Professor

Stanford, PhD, 2010


Jayson Sae-Saue

Professor Sae-Saue specializes in Chicana/o and ethnic American literatures.  He is finishing a book manuscript, “Southwest Asia”: The Transpacific Encounters of Chicana/o Literature, 1949-2011. This work assesses the significance of Chicana/o-Asian engagements in key Chicana/o writings. As the first book-length study to examine the weight of Asians and Asia across six decades of Chicana/o literary production, Southwest Asia reveals Asian spaces and bodies to be important components of how Chicana/o culture articulates its political ideas. It exposes the peripheral, yet consistent presence of Asia and Asians in classic Chicana/o texts, arguing that their marginalization symbolizes the tensions of a culture that commits itself to local concerns, despite it drawing inspiration from interracial and global political issues. In doing so, this work coins the term “Southwest Asia” to conceptualize how Chicana/o literature often levels differences between distinct racial populations and political spaces in order to articulate oppositional ideals, including those coded in “Aztlán”: the community’s spiritual homeland and future nation-state. As such, this book uncovers how Chicana/o literature’s transnational constructions of Aztlán decouple this space away from the local to represent more than a utopian nation-state, or the Mexican lands taken by the United States in the nineteenth-century. Instead, it shows Aztlán to be a multi-racial territory that extends across the Pacific, revealing that this key word of the Chicana/o cultural lexicon symbolizes not only a particular history of Anglo-American expansion, but also a larger and more general history of U.S. aggressions in Asia.  



Courses taught

  • English 2312: Introduction to Fiction
  • English 3363: Chicana/o Literature
  • English 3373: Literatures of the US Southwest: Imagining a Transnational Geography
  • English 4360: The “Transnational and Interethnic Turns” in American Literature
  • English 7370: An Advanced Seminar in Minority Literature: The Interethnic Form of Borderlands Culture.

Publications (selected)