A Collaborative Autoethnographic Platica: The Multi-Layered Citizen in Academia

Check out this coauthored working paper, “A Collaborative Autoethnographic Platica: The Multi-Layered Citizen in Academia” by Ziwei Qi, yours truly (Annie Isabel Fukushima), and Leticia Alvarez Gutiérrez (cc’d).

Abstract: This collaborative autoethnographic platica centralizes a research methodology in which the researchers retrospectively and selectively analyze their personal experiences among three academics (authors), a Chinese, a KoreXicana, and a Purépecha/Chicana through conversations – pláticas. This paper draws upon Nira Yuval-Davis’ notion of the multi-layered citizen, whereby women of color academics belong to multiple political communities. The authors reflect on the vicissitudes of the global pandemic, yellow peril discourse, anti-immigration, ongoing racism, and gender-based violence. These sociopolitical issues are the context for what it means to teach and do research in a predominantly white institution (PWI) where exclusions are rife. The authors also discuss challenges experienced, institutional structures, and interlocking oppressions related to research and teaching.


Ziwei Qi, Annie Isabel Fukushima, and Leticia Alvarez Gutiérrez. 2023. A Collaborative Autoethnographic Platica: The Multi-Layered Citizen in Academia. Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence and ADVANCE Purdue Center for Faculty Success Working Paper Series 5(2): pg 16-25.

Fukushima on the Daily Dish


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (The Daily Dish) – Human trafficking impacts people around the world as well as here in Utah. An estimated 24.9 million people are being trafficked every day. The United States Senate has recognized the severity of this issue and has designated January 11th as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day.

On January 11th, the University of Utah will be hosting a Restoring Freedom Summit to raise local awareness about human trafficking and its impact on communities in Utah. According to a state-wide needs assessment conducted by the Gender-Based Violence Consortium in 2022, the top five needs for survivors of human trafficking in Utah are housing, financial support, emotional support, mental health, and family support. To address this need, the University of Utah’s Gender-Based Violence Consortium has partnered with the Healing Center for Complex Trauma and Holding Out Help to support local responses to violence, including ritualistic abuse.Holding Out HELP: Providing resources for people escaping polygamy

The Restoring Freedom Summit will provide an opportunity for professionals and community members to learn more about ritualistic abuse and Dissociative Identity Disorder, and to better understand how to respond to the complex needs of survivors. The summit will also address the lack of comprehensive services for survivors, including mental health, medical, legal services, and the lack of understanding about ritualistic abuse and its resulting symptoms. By addressing these issues, the community can work towards creating a more supportive environment for survivors.

Restoring Freedom Summit

Date: January 11, 2023

Time: 8:30am to 5:00pm