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Morning Dew: The Stigma of Being "Brainwashed"Film Screening with Multimedia Artist Soni Kum

March 7 | 4:00 – 6:00 PM | Huerta Vera Cruz Room (Price Center)

From 1959 to 1984, more than ninety thousand Zainichi Koreans (ethnic Korean residents in Japan) were repatriated by the Japanese and North Korean governments to North Korea, a program of deportation that was couched as a humanitarian effort but was driven by Cold War politics. The so-called “returnees,” convinced they were moving to a “paradise on earth,” faced a harsh reality in North Korea that compelled some of them to defect. Those “ex-returnees” now living again in Japan hide the fact that they defected from North Korea due to fear of ongoing discrimination within the Zainichi community and worries for their relatives who remain in North Korea. Stigmatized as having been “brainwashed” by the totalitarian North Korean government, they live an invisible existence in Japan.

Soni Kum is an artist. She works across a variety of media, including film and video, installation, performance, writing, photography, drawing, and dance. Kum is a third-generation Zainichi Korean who was born and raised in Tokyo.

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Please join Latin American Studies for our next Tertulia, tomorrow Thursday, November 3rd at 3:30 pm at the Gildred Library for a coffee and cookies afternoon conversation with our guest Daphne Taylor Garcia from Ethnic Studies

Looking forward to seeing you at the Gildred Building Library (MAP )

News for 2020-21

Academic Senate Approves Minor in Native American and Indigenous Studies

'Your community is your medicine'

Asked by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation to reflect on racism and public health, Andrew Jolivette of Ethnic Studies recalls the powerful words of a friend shortly after being diagnosed with AIDS: "Your community is your medicine." What Black, Indigenous and queer communities need today, Jolivette writes, are not allies or accomplices, but kinsfolk – brothers and sisters, family – that care always, not just "when it’s the popular time to show support."  (Read more)


News for 2019-2020

You are invited to attend a free musical:

Refugee Songs: A Musical Journey, funded by the Critical Refugee Studies Collective.

Refugee Songs is a unique concert experience that weaves together an original world fusion and acoustic-rock musical score with spoken word poetry and storytelling to narrate the journey of a young Persian American musician uprooted from Iran after the 1979 Revolution and his subsequent struggle to create a new home for himself in the United States. Interwoven with spoken word poetry inspired by oral histories gathered from refugees, Refugee Songs offers an intimate close-up on one young man’s experience of childhood displacement and coming of age as well as wide-angle poetic musings on the triumphs and tribulations that many displaced people experience—albeit differently—in their own journeys.

​Click here for more information on and to register for the event:

2018- 2019 Affilated Events
Refugee Teaching Symposium
Friday, November 3, and Saturday November 4,

East African Community and Cultural Center, 4061 Fairmont Avenue, San Diego, California

The Critical Refugee Studies Collective (CRSS) invites you to attend a two-day symposium on Refugee Teaching, which will bring together local educators, students, parents, and community groups to discuss our vision for teaching and learning in/for the 21st century


More Than A Word
Friday, November 3rd

        Price Center East Forum 5pm to 8pm

Join us for a free screening of More Than a Word. This documentary focuses on the Washington football team and their use of the derogatory term R*dskins.

Contact or (858) 822-0048 for more information

Congratulations to Professor Curtis Marez

Professor Curtis Marez’s book Farm Worker Futurism: Speculative Technologies of Resistance (University of Minnesota Press, 2016) was named runner up for the American Studies Association’s John Hope Franklin Publication Prize. The award is given yearly and honors the most outstanding book published in American studies for the year preceding the annual meeting. The committee praised the book’s “innovative approach to the figure of the farm worker and it claims for the centrality to American Studies of histories that have sometimes remained too narrowly confined to Mexican American studies.  Your innovative method for interdisciplinary scholarship was also notable, especially your use of expanded understandings of visual cultures and technologies to articulate new ways of thinking about the important concept of futurism.” 

Amigas, Queens, & Gold Stars: Queer Chicanas Behind the Cameras
with Professor Karla Legapsy
Tuesday November 7, 2017 at 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Raza Resource Centro, Lounge

A short Film Screening and Facilitated Discussion with Q&A.

Ethnic Studies will be at the following on campus events to meet with students:

Saturday, Aug. 19, from 830-1200 at OASIS: Summer Bridge Student Info Fair at Revelle Plaza
Monday, Sept. 25, from 1200-130 at the Student Services Fair on the UCSD Ridge Walk
Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 230-430 at the Welcome Week Block Party at the Cross-Cultural Center
Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 400-600 at the Welcome Week Fest at the UCSD Women's Center
Thursday, Sept 28, from 1230-130 at the Studying Social Justice Event at the Cross-Cultural Center



Studying Social Justice
Thursday, Sept. 28, from 1230-130 at the Cross-Cultural Center in the Comunidad Room at the Price Center East.
Meet students from African American Studies, Critical Gender Studies, Chicano/a Latino/a Arts & Humanities (CLAH) and Ethnic Studies who will share how studying social justice can be a personally rewarding and academically enriching experience at UC San Diego! This event is sponsored by Student Promoted Access Center for Education and Service (SPACES). There will be FREE food!

Call for Proposals: 2018 Grants in Critical Refugee Studies

Grant period:  January 2018 through December 2018

Application deadline: Monday, October 16, 2017, 5:00pm PDT

For Faculty, Students, Community Organizations, and Artists

The UC Critical Refugee Studies Collective (CRSC) invites grant proposals from faculty, enrolled graduate and undergraduate students from any campus in the University of California system, as well as community organizations and artists working in the field of Critical Refugee Studies for projects to be undertaken from January-December 2018. 

In this second of our four annual grant cycles, priority will be given to projects that focus on the theme of Land and Water, though we welcome all proposals that shift the reference point in refugee studies from that of the state, humanitarian organizations, and policy makers to that of the refugees.  

Additional details about the CRSC grants, application process, and deadline can be found on our website at

Funded by the University of California Office of the President (UCOP), the UC CRSC is a four-year initiative aimed at making the University of California the premier institution for critical refugee teaching, research, and public initiatives.

For more information about CRSC and our initiatives, including the CRSC grants, please visit our website or contact us at

Refugee Teaching symposium
November 3-4, 2017

Yến Lê Espiritu, Ethnic Studies, UCSD & Anita Casavantes Bradford, Chicano/Latino Studies & History, UC Irvine

Join us for a two-day symposium on Refugee Teaching, which will bring together local educators, students, parents, and community groups to discuss our vision for teaching and learning in/for the 21st century.The symposium will feature a diversity of speakers, including teachers, refugee students, refugee parents, and refugee-serving community groups, and will provide ample time for workshopping these issues in small group settings.

More updated details on the symposium and registration information will be available by October 15, 2017.

"Reimagining the Working Class: A Roundtable on Economic and Racial Justice in the Age of Trump."
January 14, 2017

Professor Curtis Marez recently participated in a forum in the LA Review of Books.

Professor Curtiz Marez’s book “Farm Worker Futurism: Speculative Technologies of Resistance” inspires a Flash Forward podcast
January 3, 2017

LISTEN to Robocrop episode on futuristic farming technology.

Professor Yen Espiritu Awarded UC Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives Award 
December 15, 2017

Distinguished Professor Espiritu's proposal on “Critical Refugee Studies” has been selected for a UC Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives award of $1.6 million. In collaboration with faculty from UCLA, UC Merced, UC Riverside and UC Berkeley, this four-year project is dedicated to documenting how the lives of refugees have been shaped by human conflict and climate change.The Ethnic Studies Department would like to congratulate Professor Espiritu on this award as well as on her continued dedication to this field of research! 

Professor Emerita Ana Celia Zentella Awarded the Public Outreach and Community Service Award
November 19, 2016

The Society for Linguistic Anthropology awarded this year’s Public Outreach and Community Service award to Dr. Ana Celia Zentella in recognition for her work that effectively impacts public awareness of social issues involving language and communication and represents a significant service to a particular community outside of the academy. The Ethnic Studies Department would like to congratulate Professor Emerita Ana Celia Zentella for her award and public outreach in areas of language pride, language rights, and language activism.

Ethnic Studies Professor Mattie Marie Harper Wins 2016-17 UCSD Hellman's Fellowship

June 9, 2016

The Hellman Fellows Program at UC San Diego, established by Warren Hellman and his family, provides funding to promising young faculty who are in the early stages of their career and have distinguished themselves in their field of research. The Ethnic Studies Department would like to congratulate Professor Mattie Marie Harper for winning such an outstanding award!

“Shaping Change: Remembering Octavia E. Butler” Conference
June 3-5, 2016

Organized by Professor Shelley Streeby, the conference endeavors to engage intersecting identities through multiple mediums and fields of study. Participants will consider how Butler's work helps us imagine a future where justice is attainable and differences are celebrated. The conference will take place from June 3-5, 2016 at the UC San Diego Cross-Cultural Center.

Transnational Solidarities: African American Activists in China During the 1960s
June 2, 2016

Watch Ethnic Studies professor Dayo Gore speak at UC San Diego & You alumni event. 

Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison, Artistic Giants of Postwar Harlem
June 1, 2016

Read about Professor Gabriel Mendes, whose recently published book, "Under the Strain of Color," has been recognized in a recent New York Times article about a Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison exhibit.  

South Asian Community Debates ‘South Asia,’ ‘India’ Ahead of Textbook Updates
May 31, 2016

NBC News spoke with Kamala Visweswaran of Ethnic Studies, a member of the South Asia Faculty Group, while deliberations were in process. The California Department of Education’s Instructional Quality Commission voted not to use “South Asia” in place of “India,” First Post reported.  

American Indian Narratives in Picture Form
April 21, 2016

Professor Ross Frank and his work on Native American Ledger art is predominantly featured in this New York Times article.

The UCSD Ethnic Studies Department Condemns Racist Graffiti on Campus
April 8, 2016

The Ethnic Studies Department condemns in the strongest terms the racist graffiti at UCSD and, more broadly, the newly virulent forms of racism, Islamophobia, misogyny and homophobia that characterize contemporary politics. The most recent incident of hateful speech seeks to intimidate and harass Latinxs in particular, and it fosters a hostile climate that threatens to compromise the right of students to pursue their educations, and the ability of faculty and staff to do their jobs. We offer our steadfast support to the Raza Resource Center, and to student communities of color most directly and intensely affected by these events. We ask campus administration to undertake an investigation of this incident and to take swift disciplinary action against any found responsible for such acts.

To read the full statement click here.

Modernity's Ear: Listening to Race and Gender in World Music
April 1, 2016

Listen to Professor Roshanak Kheshti’s interview on the New Books Network podcast.

Diversity Awards Recognize Dedication to Empowerment and Community Engagement
March 10, 2016

Professors Dayo F. Gore, Sara Clarke Kaplan, and Daphne Taylor-Garcia, and graduate student Amrah Salomon J.  were honored at the UC San Diego Diversity Awards.

Watch: Professors Dayo F. Gore and Sara Clarke Kaplan founded the Black Studies Project

Professor Daphne Taylor-Garcia co-founded the Mackey-Cua Project.

Watch: Amrah Salomon J. was also honored for their work as a teaching assistant in Ethnic Studies DEI courses.

Why White People Should Care About Anti-Racism on Campus
February 24, 2016

Laura Barraclough, alumna of Ethnic Studies, now an Assistant Professor of American Studies at Yale University, describes the impact of our ethnic studies program in Huffington Post article:

"Twenty years ago, as a freshman at the University of California, San Diego, I took my first ethnic studies class. I had planned to study biology, but found the courses in my major uninspiring. On a friend’s suggestion, I enrolled in “Ethnic Diversity and the City.” It was supposed to be my “fun class” amidst lots of science and calculus. As it turned out, the class was not particularly entertaining, but it did change my life."

WATCH: Republicans — Then And Now — Talking About Drug Addiction
February 8, 2016

NPR reaches out to Curtis Marez for their coverage of the Republican Party primaries.