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A new article was published in American Literary History by Colleen Lye, faculty affliate of ISSI's Asian American Research Center. Lye addresses how sharpening contradictions in the US-China economic interdependency has led to a boon in the Asian American novel as a genre of credit economy, but also has made visible how antiracism and anti-imperialism do not necessarily align.

Departures: An Introduction to Critical Refugee Studies (UC Press) is a new book co-authored by Khatharya Um, faculty affiliate of ISSI's Asian American Research Center. Departures is a guide for the foundations of critical refugee studies and a resource in applying the core teachings of the field.

Bay Area premiere of the award-winning documentary film, Before They Take Us Away, by Evelyn Nakano Glenn

Sunday, October 30. at 2:00 & 5:00 p.m.

East Bay Media Center, 1939 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA 94704 

Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at: or by calling: (510) 843-3699

Each screening will include a Q&A with the filmmakers.  A community reception will be held between the screenings at 4:00 p.m.

Winner of the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Documentary at the DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon and the Best Japanese American Award at the Japan Film Festival Los Angeles, Before They Take Us Away chronicles the untold stories of Japanese Americans who “voluntarily” evacuated from the West Coast in the wake of Executive Order 9066 and spent the years of World War II living outside the concentration camps that held their friends and family members.  While these “self-evacuees” had their freedom, they became refugees in their own country, on a forced migration into the unknown.  Many faced isolation, poverty and racial violence as they struggled to rebuild their lives.  

For more information, please visit the Before They Take Us Away website at:

This Berkeley News story features Carolyn Chen, ISSI graduate fellow alum and now faculty affiliate of ISSI's Asian American Research Center and Center for Research on Social Change. Chen shares her research done for her recent book, Work Pray Code, where she interviewed tech workers in Silicon Valley, one of the least religious places in America, and discovered that work has become their religion instead.

Dr. Franklin Odo passed away on September 28, 2022.  Dr. Odo was best known for being the founding director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and for his path-breaking research on Japanese American history.  His books include Roots: An Asian American Reader (1971), No Sword to Bury: Japanese Americans in Hawai‘i During World War II (2004), and Voices from the Canefields: Folksongs from Japanese Immigrant Workers in Hawai‘i (2013).  He was among the first generation of scholars that helped establish the foundations of Asian American Studies. 

Dr. Odo also served as President of the Association for Asian American Studies between 1989 and 1991. For his immense contributions to the field, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from AAAS.  His passing is a huge loss to our community.  We offer our deepest condolences to his family, friends, colleagues, and the larger Asian American community.  

In an episode of "The Takeaway" podcast, Catherine Ceniza Choy discusses her new book, Asian American Histories of the United States, which highlights the experiences of violence, erasure, and resistance of Asian Americans in the US. Professor Choy is a faculty affiliate of ISSI's Asian American Research Center.

For UC Berkeley Faculty and Graduate Students

Application deadline: October 17, 2022, 5:00pm PT

The Asian American Research Center (AARC) invites proposals from current UCB faculty and graduate students working on scholarly, community engagement, and/or creative projects that focus on Asian American populations. We seek projects that center Asian American perspectives, agency, and epistemologies. We are especially interested in funding projects that engage communities as partners and/or involve Asian American populations. Faculty awards are up $10,000; graduate student awards are up to $5,000. More information and the applications are available online.

Khatharya Um, faculty affiliate of ISSI's Asian American Research Center, tells her personal story in this "I'm a Berkeleyan feature." She recounts the struggles she faced as a Cambodian refugee as well as the struggles her community faced in building a place for themselves and future generations in America. Um also shares her journey in becoming the first Cambodian American women to complete a PhD in the U.S. and how she hopes to empower her students and help reaffirm their sense of self.

Congratulations to Lok Siu, Chair of ISSI's Asian American Research Center, for receiving a 2022 Graduate Assembly Faculty Mentor Award. "She has the unique ability to see the great potential in her students and has a personal investment in seeing her students develop as not just scholars, but also people."

 Saturday, July 30, t 8 am PT / 11 am ET. Lok Sui, Chair of AARC, will guide us through The Making of Asian Americans in Part 1 of a workshop called Missing in History: The Asian American Journey. Sign up here (free)

Who are Asian Americans? Where did they come from and why are they here? This workshop will take you through the histories of migration, the diversities among Asian Americans, and their various challenges and struggles. This session provides an excellent foundational introduction to the ethnic studies framework and how it illuminates the social and political histories of Asians who have made the U.S. their home. 


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2420 Bowditch Street #5670
University of California
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