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Community, History, Refugees

Learning About Migrants and Refugees in Rural Iowa Through Course-Embedded Fieldwork

October 23, 2018

By Sharon M. Quinsaat

In spring 2018, I taught a sociology course entitled “Migrants, Refugees, and Diasporas” at a private liberal arts college in central Iowa, Grinnell College. The course offered an introduction to the study of migration from a global and transnational perspective.

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Activism, Art, Refugees

On Refugee Re/Enactments

July 30, 2018

By Lucy Burns, Tiffany Lytle, and Jolie Chea

In the fall of 2017, we, along with Thu-huong Nguyen-vo, began Refugee Re/Enactments, a series of activities that remembers and revives the history of social and political engagement at UCLA. Inspired by award-winning writer Toni Morrison’s concept of “rememory,” Refugee Re/Enactments grapples with the persistence of war memories through the performance of oppositional acts.

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Community, History, Militarism and Policing, Refugees

Immigrants, Refugees, and American Family Values: A Historical Reckoning  

July 16, 2018

By Anita Casavantes Bradford

In April 2018, the US Department of Justice authorized Immigration and Custom Enforcement officers to file immediate criminal proceedings against any person apprehended while attempting an unauthorized entry into the U.S.—regardless of their reasons for seeking entry—and their subsequent separation from any minor children that accompanied them. As I write, several thousand children between the ages of 5 and 17 are still awaiting court-mandated reunion with their families before the end of July.

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Critical Refugee Studies Collective Book Series

March 27, 2018

By Olivia Quintanilla

The CRSC is excited to launch the Critical Refugee Studies Book Series, which will be published by the University of California Press. We welcome book proposals that integrate theoretical rigor and policy concerns with refugees' rich and complex lived worlds.

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Community, History, Militarism and Policing

Waiting: Life under Israel-Occupied Palestine

March 15, 2018

By R.T.

In this essay, R.T. shares personal stories and experiences that represent their understanding of the direct consequences that the U.S. support of Israel had had on them, their family, and the Palestinian people.

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Militarism and Policing

Dadaab Kenya: Policing the Refugee Camp

September 26, 2017

By Mohamed Abumaye

The Dadaab refugee camp, constructed in 1991 to be a temporary shelter for up to 90,000 refugees, ended up housing 300,000 refugees.

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History, Refugees, Trauma

The Hidden Scars All Refugees Carry

September 12, 2016

By Viet Thanh Nguyen

*The following op-ed by Viet Thanh Nguyen was originally published by The New York Times.  

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Art, Literature

On Giving Fire by Sophia E. Terazawa

December 17, 2015

By Sophia E. Terazawa

In this essay, poet and performance artist Sophia E. Terazawa fuses text and image into a hybrid literary form, to give us a glimpse into the experience of having mixed Vietnamese-Japanese ancestry. 

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Literary World, Race

The Trouble with Talking — or Not Talking — about Race

May 5, 2014

By Aimee Phan

In Aimee Phan’s essay, she debates why mainstream critics fail writers of color. The original essay was featured in Talking Writing and on the website, diacritics.org.

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Cham, Imperialism, Vietnam

You Didn’t Kill Us All, You Know — Part One

April 21, 2014

By Julie Thi Underhill

In-depth introduction to the sometimes fraught relationship between Chăm Americans and Vietnamese Americans. 

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Activism, Cham, Community

You Didn’t Kill Us All, You Know — Part Two

April 21, 2014

By Julie Thi Underhill

Part two of this provocative essay is the first essay published in English, since 1987, which exclusively centers the Chăm in Việt Nam and their communities and identities in the US. 

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