Ridiculous and Absurd: Exploring Contemporary Transnational Parodies

In March 2011 Updates on March 2, 2020 at 4:11 pm

The 61st Annual Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference will take place at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel from April 1-5, 2020.

On Saturday, April 4 at 3:15pm, Thaïs will be co-chairing a panel with scholar and writer Miyoko Conley called “Ridiculous and Absurd: Exploring Contemporary Transnational Parodies.”

On this panel, Thaïs will present on “‘Historic Irony’ and Post-Colonial Guilt: Parody, Self-Deprecating Humor, Activism, & Apology in Au service de la France.” Miyoko will be presenting on “Romancing the Night Away: Dating Game Parodies, Queerness, and Transnational Asian Media.” Scholar and panelist Jonathan Branfman (College of William and Mary) will present on “Jewy/Screwy Leading Lady: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and the Critique of Rom-Com Femininity.” Scholar Hahkyung Darline Kim (University of California, Santa Cruz) will be the panel’s respondent.

“Passing” Selected as a Quarterfinalist for the 2019 ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story Competition

In March 2011 Updates on January 8, 2020 at 4:18 pm

The 2019 ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story Competition selected Thaïs’s short story “Passing” as a quarterfinalist.

This short story previously won for Setting in the 2018 CRAFT Elements Contest. This story was also a finalist for Dialogue in the 2018 CRAFT Elements Contest.

“Passing” is available to read online for free through the CRAFT website:

Writing Courageously: Writing Retreat at the Land of Medicine Buddha

In March 2011 Updates on December 5, 2019 at 2:05 pm

From Friday, December 6 – Sunday, December 8, Thaïs is excited to attend an all-inclusive writing retreat for advanced graduate students at the University of California, Santa Cruz. This retreat is located in the Soquel Mountains at the Land of Medicine Buddha Retreat Center.

After a workshop with scholar-activist Professor Francesca Royster on Friday afternoon, Thaïs will spend the weekend focusing on her new short story collection and novel.