Words from the CRG Student Advisory Committee

Words from the CRG Student Advisory Committee Originally printed in the Spring 2015 issue of FaultLines Where each publication of the Center for Race and Gender’s FaultLines customarily features “Words from the Director,” the circumstances currently afflicting the Center’s well-being have called for the newly assembled student advisory board to address our readers. While Professor Emerita Evelyn Nakano Glenn remains Acting Director, she, alongside students, other faculty, and staff, have joined together to lead the CRG in both its daily function and its dispute with the UC Berkeley Administration against a looming downgrade. The CRG was founded as a result of the 1999 Ethnic...

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Announcing New Research Project at the CRG!

The CRG Welcomes New Research Initiative: The Political Conflict, Gender, and People’s Rights Project The Center for Race & Gender is thrilled to welcome the Political Conflict, Gender and People’s Rights Project as our newest major research initiative.  An exemplar of critical intersectional research, Sociologist and Gender Studies scholar Professor Paola Bacchetta and Anthropologist and scholar of Gender and Political Conflict, Professor Angana P. Chatterji, lead this initiative focusing on political conflict and gendered and sexualized violence at the intersections of minoritization, majoritarianism, the racialization of difference, and decolonial movements. Beginning with a particular emphasis on South Asia, this research endeavor focuses on the centrality of...

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UC Divestment from Private Prisons

Originally published in the Spring 2016 issue of FaultLines. On November 30, 2015, the UC-wide coalition of black student organizations, Afrikan Black Coalition (ABC), demanded that the UC system divest from its investments in private prisons because these prisons turn “Black, brown, and immigrant bodies into a profit under the guise of rehabilitation.” On December 18, 2015, the Daily Cal reported that the University of California officially “sold approximately $25 million worth of investments in private prison corporations.” According to an ABC press release, UC Chief Investment Officer Jagdeep Singh Bachher stated that “he would partner with the Afrikan Black Coalition and has pledged to inform each UC...

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Interview with Professor Elaine H. Kim

Originally published in the Spring 2016 issue of FaultLines By Evelyn Nakano Glenn, Founding Director of CRG, Professor of the Graduate School Elaine H. Kim, Professor of Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies in the Department of Ethnic Studies retired as of June 30, 2015, after 44 years at UC Berkeley. I caught up with her to ask her to share with our readers some reflections on her career, how her scholarly interests evolved over time, her involvement in the creation and development of the field of Asian American Studies, and changes in her relationship with students. ENG: Looking at your publications it strikes me that your concerns changed over time from Asian American literature to Asian American art and film. Were there distinct periods marking changes in your interests? EHK: When I started out in the 1970s, I was interested in the relationship between U.S. imperialism in Asia and domestic racism toward Asians. In the 80s, I continued to be interested in the relationship between U.S. imperialism and domestic racism. I also started working in the local Korean community in opposing the U.S.-supported military dictatorships in South Korea. The Gwangju Uprising and subsequent military massacre of civilians in 1981 galvanized the diaspora communities because, although the press was censored in South Korea, we who lived outside South Korea were able know what happened. Also that was when South Koreans...

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Student Mobilization for Ethnic Studies: twLF 1969-1999

Originally printed in the Spring 2016 issue of FaultLines. By Desirée Valadares, CRG Graduate Student Researcher On Saturday, November 21st 2015, UC Berkeley hosted activists, scholars, students and faculty to honor those involved in the Third World Liberation Front (twLF) strikes of the late 1960s at San Francisco State University and UC Berkeley. The Third World Multiracial Solidarity and Community Engagement Conference was organized by UCB Students from Ethnic Studies 41AC and Asian American & Asian Diaspora Studies 20AC under the leadership of Prof. Harvey Dong and Prof. Emeritus Carlos Muñoz. Distinguished guests included LaNada War Jack (PhD, 1969...

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