Individual Presentation:
• Jun Lu: Memory restoration: Working through Histories in the North American Chinese Diaspora (60 min)

Abstract: From the perspective of psychoanalytic theory, this presentation attempts to clarify the way and possibility of working through difficult histories in the Chinese diaspora in North America. Considering the discrete nature, fragmentation, mobility, and prevalence of individual and familial units within the diaspora, psychoanalysis provides an advantageous framework for investigating and addressing historical experiences and their aftermath.

Case studies will illustrate the utilization of cultural products from the Chinese diaspora as a means to comprehend their ongoing struggle between the processes of remembrance and forgetting. In my analysis, I consider not only the textual material itself, but also the factors pertaining to the authorship and reception of the text. These factors include situations of diaspora, traumatic experiences, the act of bearing witness, modes of learning, and the diligent endeavors of working through.

Bio: Jun Lu is a Ph.D. candidate in the Social and Political Thought program at York University, Canada. She is also a graduate associate at York Center for Asian Studies. Her research work focuses on large-scale phenomena and aims to deepen our understanding of the human condition and how we are affected by the past. She is trained in the Fundamental Psychoanalytic Perspective program at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. She is a member of Psychohistory Forum and audits multiple courses offered at the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.