Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research

February 17, 2023 – 8AM – 5PM

Approximately 640 undergraduate researchers across the state of Utah presenting at University of Utah Office of Undergraduate Research University of Utah


The program is now live. You can see the dynamic research occurring across the state of Utah. The event is open to the public. I hope folks will attend, send their students/ folks.

Researchers at all stages of research welcome to attend and meet other researchers. Network. And foster a thriving research community in Utah.

See what the State of Utah has to offer in research across the fields of transformative, interdisciplinary, science, engineering, medicine and health, social science, humanities, architecture, art, social work and nursing.


University of Utah

Weber State University

Salt Lake Community College

Snow College

Utah State University

Southern Utah University

Utah Tech University

Utah Valley University

Westminster College


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

In-Contestation: Feminist Challenges and Change

Yesterday, I spoke as the keynote for the Kathryn Kenley-Johnson Memorial lecture at San Francisco State University. The title of the talk: In Contestation: Feminist Challenges and Change. It has been 10 years since I last walked on the SFSU campus. Then I was an adjunct lecturer teaching to back-to-back classes of 100 students each. I felt nostalgia and also was honored to be in conversation with students who ask provocative questions, are thinking critically, and are ready to change the world and community around them. I so appreciate the Department of Women & Gender Studies.

Book Review of Migrant Crossings in American Journal of Sociology

My book Migrant Crossings Stanford University Press was reviewed by Elena Shih in American Journal of Sociology! Thoughtful criticism and engagement with my work. All points well taken. A highlight here:

“Human trafficking is a paradox ripe for social science inquiry. Advocates emphatically assert that it is one of the most ubiquitous policy concerns of the contemporary era, yet empirically, we are told the mechanisms that drive trafficking allow it to thrive invisibly, or “beneath the surface” (“The Campaign to Rescue and Restore Victims of Human Trafficking,” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [2003]). Annie Isabel Fukushima’s Migrant Crossings tackles this paradox head-on, by uniquely centering the act of “witnessing.” Weaving in frameworks bridging media studies, transnational feminist theory, and ethnic studies, the work brings a broadly interdisciplinary and analytically contemplative inquiry into critical antitrafficking studies. Pairing creatively wide-ranging empirical data extending from first and secondary court data to films and various media, Fukushima creates a pastiche that offers viewers a sense of how antitrafficking has created victims and saviors along racist and imperialist logics…While numerous legal and migration scholars have offered insights into the ability of antitrafficking discourse to construct the bounds of criminality and innocence, Fukushima’s exemplary weaving illustrates these boundaries around the important axes of racialization, racism, militarization, and empire….”

American Journal of Sociology

Volume 127, Number 3November 2021


Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the U.S. By Annie Isabel Fukushima. Palo Alto, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2019. Pp. viii+261. $90.00 (cloth); $28.00 (paper).

Article DOI



Decolonial feminist pedagogies: entering into the “world” of the zombie as praxis

Check out my article Decolonial feminist pedagogies: entering into the “world” of the zombie as praxis with Tanjerine Vei published in International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education.

To teach about race is to recognize how there are communities whose worlds are shaped by violence, death, and resurrection, such as Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Emmett Till, George Floyd, and the many unnamed. Resurrection invokes the zombie figure. Zombies are iconic, and as implemented in an interdisciplinary course, a means to foster opportunities to engage with a social figure whose multiple meanings are cultural, historical, and political, and also notions of race and racial meaning-making. Through the figure of the zombie, this autoethnographic revisiting of a course takes up what Lugones calls playful “‘world’-travelling.” To unpack “‘world’-travelling” we examine how it was facilitated through the “world café,” a teaching modality. This article examine an educational environment where students engaged in the complexities of race relations in the US by hacking learning rituals that foster understanding racism

Annie Isabel Fukushima & Tanjerine Vei Decolonial feminist pedagogies: entering into the “world” of the zombie as praxishttps://doi.org/10.1080/09518398.2022.2025489

Collaborating with Undergraduate Researchers at the U


Dear Colleagues,

The Office of Undergraduate Research and the Office of the Vice President for Research are committed to fostering and supporting faculty success in research through collaborations with undergraduate researchers.

The Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) provides resources and support for University of Utah’s researchers to foster an environment of creativity, discovery, and advanced knowledge.

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) resides in the Office of Undergraduate Studies. The mission of the University of Utah Office of Undergraduate Research is to facilitate and promote undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and creative works in all disciplines throughout the University of Utah campus. In recognition that excellence requires diversity, OUR pursues this mission through equitable programming that promotes diverse representation and social justice. OUR is well recognized for programming including Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), the Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR), the Undergraduate Research Scholar Designation (URSD), Undergraduate Research Symposia (URS Spring, Summer, and Fall), the annual Undergraduate Research Journal, and the Undergraduate Research Education Series, among other exciting opportunities.

The VPR Office and OUR have a longstanding history of collaboration to fulfill the university’s mission to foster student success by preparing students from diverse backgrounds for lives of impact as leaders and citizens through research.

To better serve researchers, faculty and student alike, and effectively collaborate with staff, we offer the following recommendations:

  • Undergraduate researchers can be vital collaborators, contributors on a research team, and are the next generation of future researchers. We encourage researchers with grants or foundation funds budget to incorporate compensating undergraduate researchers as part of their team. Undergraduate researchers can play a significant role in assisting a research project and supporting and undergraduate researcher fosters the mentoring environment the University of Utah is committed to. For National Science Foundation grantees, it is encouraged the Principal Investigator(s) consider making their project a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site. Consult with your college Associate Dean of Research, Dean, or Office of Sponsored Projects.
  • Undergraduate researchers can be onboarded in a myriad of ways, here are two options for paid undergraduate researchers:
    • Hire undergraduate researchers as part-time temporary employees through Human Resources. Students are able to then be paid through payroll where they receive direct payments via direct deposit or a check sent to their address. Additionally, if hiring a non-University of Utah researcher, this allows HR to offer a UNID to the undergraduate researcher which provides access to UTA, the library, student life center, and RedMed. Consult your college human resources analyst if you have questions, or contact Human Resources to learn more about department/college contacts.
    • Some NSF grantees are considered an NSF Research Traineeship Program. If this applies to you, then we encourage you to onboard your undergraduate researcher as a trainee. If this is the case, please consult with Financial and Business Services. If onboarding a non-University of Utah researcher, consult FBS in advance of onboarding the student to find out if your researcher will have taxes deducted or be eligible for an affiliate UNID.
    • Encourage your researcher to take advantage of programming and resources with OUR. OUR offers the following:
      • Coordinates and brings together partners across campus working with undergraduate researchers through the Summer Programs Partnership.
      • Provides other financial opportunities including Travel & Small Grants of up to $500; Undergraduate Research Opportunity Scholars Program (UROP); and we provide scholarships.
      • Student researchers may be eligible for an Undergraduate Research Scholar Designation that shows up on their transcripts and includes a cord at graduation.
      • Have your undergraduate researcher share the amazing research that also fosters professional development by presenting at the Undergraduate Research Symposium.
      • Educational programming is vital for ongoing learning for undergraduate researchers across campus, check out the OUR Undergraduate Research Education Series.
      • Information sharing is vital to research – OUR has a wide-network of social, email communities, and opportunities that we are more than happy to promote opportunities to OUR community.
      • OUR provides advising to any undergraduate researcher at the University of Utah. We see our role as supporting researchers at any stage of their research journey and are here to support faculty working with undergraduate mentees.

The OUR and VPR Office are here to support all faculty and student research collaborations at the University of Utah. We are committed to research innovation and collaboration, and invite folks to consult with our offices.

Annie Isabel Fukushima, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies & Director, Office of Undergraduate Research

Jim Agutter, Senior Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies

Erin Rothwell, Interim Vice President for Research

Migrant Crossings Reviewed in Contemporary Sociology

My book Stanford University Press reviewed by Samantha Majic published with Contemporary Sociology “Annie Fukushima’s Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the U.S.offers a timely intervention into contemporary discourse about (im)migration & human trafficking… Migrant Crossings challenges us to question these binaristic characterizations [of trafficking], and Fukushima’s call here to see migrants as complex persons located in particular histories of racism, sexism, colonial-ism, and militarism (among others) provides important guidance to policy-makers and various affected communities as they process and respond to this event.”

Research and Publishing during Covid-19

Utah State University

Tuesday, November 10th

12:00 – 1:00 pm MST

Location: Zoom
Register: https://usu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6ssyCVgldSXSGhL

This discussion will explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on scholarly research and publishing. Travel restrictions, retracted funding, delayed or halted projects, and an increase in caretaker and other personal responsibilities at home compound to create unprecedented  challenges for producing and publishing research. Early indicators show women, those with significant unpaid care responsibilities, and members of minoritized groups have been disproportionately impacted. For graduate students and early career faculty who depend on research and publication for promotion and tenure, the stakes are especially high. Join our panelists for a conversation about the how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the research landscape.


  • Dr. Avery Edenfield, Assistant Professor, English, USU 
  • Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima, Assistant Professor, Ethnic Studies, University of Utah 
  • Becky Thoms, Head of Digital Initiatives, Merrill-Cazier Library, USU 
  • Dr. Elizabeth Vargis, Associate Professor, Biological Engineering, USU 

Questions? Contact Rachel Wishkoski, USU Libraries: rachel.wishkoski@usu.edu or (435) 797-5371


Title: Witnessing Gender-Based Violence Across Borders

Symposium: Sex, Gender, and Women’s Health Across the Lifespan, Virtual Symposium:
Presenter: Annie Fukushima, PhD, University of Utah
Date: 5/14/20
Brief Description: Discussing gendered violence across various types of borders
Keywords/Main Subjects: Borders, gender-based violence, domestic violence
Copyright: copyright Annie Fukushima ©2020
Contact: a.fukushima@utah.edu

Video Available: Migrant Crossings Book Launch Panel with AAADS and Eastwind Books

Eastwind Books of Berkeley and Co-sponsors UC Berkeley Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, Asian Pacific American Students Development, University of California, Berkeley Event.

ZOOM Panel discussion about Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the U.S. by Annie Isabel Fukushima (Author) 

Guest panelists:

Cindy C. Liou, Esq. is the State Policy Director at Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) working to provide legal counsel to unaccompanied refugee and immigrant children in the United States. 

Carolyn Kim is the Managing Attorney at Justice At Last and specializes in legal advocacy for survivors of all forms of human trafficking located in the Bay Area. 

Hediana Utarti is the Anti-Trafficking Program Coordinator/Community Advocate at San Francisco Asian Women’s Shelter

For more information contact www.asiabookcenter.comeastwindbooks@gmail.com

Author Meets Readers with Annie Isabel Fukushima – October 28

Join me, the Tanner Humanities Center at University of Utah, and Transform with panelists Caren Frost, Sarita Gaytan, Erika George moderated by Edmund Fong. We will reflect on my book and celebrate that I received a book award from American Sociological Association section on Asia and Asian America.

October 28, 2020 @ 4PM PDT / 5PM MDT / 7PM EDT


WiHMS Webinar: Fighting Gender-Based Violence

October 7th 3PM PDT / 4PM MDT / 6PM EDT

As the Project Lead and Co-Principal Investigator, for the University of Utah’s Gender-Based Violence Consortium, I will be joined with Dr. Marta McCrum, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery to discuss “Fighting Gender-Based Violence.” We will share from our line of work and research the effects of gender-based violence and how to fight against it. Event hosts: Dr. Yoshimi Anzai and Dr. Leslie Halpern, Co-Directors of Women in Health, Medicine & Science.

This webinar is a part of WiHMS strategy to provide monthly events on topics that are critical to women in healthcare professions.

Registration is required: 


Decolonial Feminist Praxis: Centering knowledge & resistance at the margins Edited Anthology – Call for Submissions.


Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima & Dr. K. Melchor Hall, Editors Editors: Drs. Annie Isabel Fukushima and K. Melchor Hall

Knowledge production occurs in a range of institutional apparatuses: education, political, religion, legal, cultural, and media and communication based. Through these institutions, subjects are disciplined into citizens, where colonial logics of “us” versus “them” take hold. As global pandemic, environmental catastrophe, political oppression, ongoing state-based violence and uncertain futures occur, it is ever more pressing that communities cohere to share the modalities and visions that make possible insurgent knowledge and praxis. As foregrounded in the Feminist Freedom Warriors collaborative book (2018) and web archive (http://feministfreedomwarriors.org/) of Chandra Talpade Mohanty and Linda Carty, feminist scholars, organizers, and activists must “sustain radical struggles against neoliberal, transnational capital, carceral, national-security-driven nation-states, and the rise of racist, right-wing, authoritarian regimes in the United States and around the world.” Mohanty and Carty foreground “the urgency of a decolonial, anti-capitalist, anti-racist resistance,” that is “building coalitions and solidarity across struggles.” Mohanty and Carty (2018) highlight how feminist freedom warriors engage resist and build coalitions with an imaginative and courageous spirit. This anthology will be curated attention to this kind of a feminist praxis.

As Chandra Talpade Mohanty conveyed, emancipatory knowledge is “communally wrought.” And a genealogy of scholars and practitioners have shaped the way revolutionary thinking and methodologies have been thought, the relationship between colonization and the archive, and the radical possibility in transnational feminist organizing. We have learned from the Feminist Freedom Warriors that, “because communities struggle on the basis of ideas and visions of justice and equity, the intellectual and political work of knowledge production is always key to all forms of social movements and resistance.” As the Feminist Freedom Warriors paved a way to illuminate a genealogy of thinking and praxis, this call for proposals invites community organizers, activists, scholars who choose the life of the precariat, feminist scholar-activists disrupting and shifting the margin to the center, and anyone who seeks to imagine a decolonial future through insurgent knowledge creation, resistance, and decolonial praxis.

Drs. Annie Isabel Fukushima and K. Melchor Hall, editors of the anthology, are former fellows of the Democratizing Knowledge Summer Institute. Dr. Fukushima is a KoreXicana scholar-activist, author of award-winning book Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the US, Co-Principal Investigator for the University of Utah’s Gender-Based Violence Consortium, and Co-Lead for the Institute of (Im)Possible Subjects Migratory Times, a collaboration with the Center for Arts Design and Social Research. Dr. K. Melchor Quick Hall is the author of Naming a Transnational Black Feminist Framework: Writing in Darkness and host of the related transnational Black feminist online series of conversations with Black feminist artists and activists. Hall is a faculty member in the Human and Organizational Development programs at Fielding Graduate University’s School of Leadership Studies. She is also a Visiting Scholar at Brandeis University’s Women’s Studies Research Center and an instructor with Boston University’s Prison Education Program.

Drs. Annie Isabel Fukushima and K. Melchor Hall invite contributions of scholarly, creative, and visual works that share diverse modes of decolonial praxis. We invite contributors to consider the following themes:
● Activism and feminist transnational movements
● Anti-racist pedagogies, education of the commons
● Arts as resistance, arts and social change
● Communities and technologies of resistance
● Decolonized archives and historical forms of remembering
● Decolonizing food: from radical gardens to collective food-ways
● For the commons: Water, air, and the environment – knowledge and ancestors
● Responding to state violence through radical epistemologies

We invite single author, co-authored, collaborative, and collective works including but not limited to the following forms:
● Interview / dialogue
● Lexicon/vocabulary
● Manifestos
● Multimodal work
● Poetry/fiction
● Scholarly essay/article
● Testimonio

Abstracts of no more than 250 words are due September 1, 2020. Full manuscript submissions should not exceed 6,000 words, including notes and references. Format citations in Chicago style (Author date). Submit to: bit.ly/DecolonialFeministPraxis. Full submissions are due December 31, 2020. Critical to a decolonizing and feminist knowledge praxis is dialogue and collective sharing. Therefore, accepted submissions will be invited to participate in a virtual dialogue with the editors and Democratizing Knowledge Institute fellows and faculty during the month of March 2021. After receiving collective feedback, authors will be invited to submit a revised and final draft for publication June 1st, 2021.

Questions? Email: a.fukushima@utah.edu and kmhall@fielding.edu

2020 Award Recognition from ASA Section on Asia and Asian American

Today, please join me – I am receiving the American Sociological Association’s Section on Asia and Asian America 2020 Book Award on Asian America.

What an honor to be recognized by my colleagues. I hope other scholars who deeply think through race, gender, and violence will see the centrality of addressing such issues through interdisciplinary frames and methodologies. Solutions to real world social dilemmas means being inspired through a praxis of witnessing, and through an ethnic studies methodology of the bricoleur.

4:30PM PDT, August 8th @ the ASA AAA Business Meeting, Virtual Engagement Event

Registration for the Virtual Engagement Event is free for ASA members and $25 for non-members. If you registered for the in-person ASA Annual Meeting as a member, your registration fee has been refunded and your registration remains valid. https://www.asanet.org/annual-meeting-2020/registration

The role of technology

The role of technology in human trafficking and anti-trafficking by GAATW

This is a recording of the webinar titled “The role of technology in human trafficking and anti-trafficking” that GAATW organised on 8 June 2020. The speakers – scholars and advocates in the areas of human rights, migration, women’s rights, sex workers’ rights and human trafficking – discuss common myths and misconceptions about the role of technology in human trafficking and anti-trafficking. Their interventions are based on recent research published in the journal Anti-Trafficking Review. The materials discussed in the webinar can be found here: https://gaatw.org/ATR/AntiTraffickingReview_issue14.pdf

Jennifer Musto, Mitali Thakor and Borislav Gerasimov, ‘Editorial: Between Hope and Hype: Critical evaluations of technology’s role in anti-trafficking’,

Dr Sanja Milivojevic, Heather Moore and Marie Segrave, ‘Freeing the Modern Slaves, One Click at a Time: Theorising human trafficking, modern slavery, and technology’,

Stephanie A. Limoncelli, ‘There’s an App for That? Ethical consumption in the fight against trafficking for labour exploitation’,

Dr Laurie Berg, Bassina Farbenblum and Angela Kintominas, ‘Addressing Exploitation in Supply Chains: Is technology a game changer for worker voice?’,

Dr Annie Isabel Fukushima, ‘Witnessing in a Time of Homeland Futurities’,

Samantha Majic, ‘Same Same but Different? Gender, sex work, and respectability politics in the MyRedBook and Rentboy closures’,

Danielle Blunt and Ariel Wolf, ‘Erased: The impact of FOSTA-SESTA and the removal of Backpage on sex workers’,

Isabella Chen and Celeste Tortosa, ‘The Use of Digital Evidence in Human Trafficking Investigations’,

Kate Mogulescu and Leigh Goodmark, ‘Surveillance and Entanglement: How mandatory sex offender registration impacts criminalised survivors of human trafficking’,


By Leticia Alvarez GutiérrezAnnie Isabel Fukushima and Marie Sarita Gaytán

COVID-19 continues to take a disproportionate toll on Latinxs because many have low-paying jobs that require them to interact with the public as “essential workers.” Given their roles in critical industries, Latinxs and other people of color are dying of COVID-19 at higher rates in comparison to their white counterparts.[1] Latinxs face contradictions as “liminal” citizens navigating in-between statuses along an indispensable (essential) and dispensable (expendable) continuum. This is what Cecilia Menjívar (2006) describes as “liminal legality,” a method used by governments to keep immigrants’ legal status undetermined. Purposefully ambiguous, it is meant to create economic and legal precarity. Undocumented immigrants are especially impacted; the government hails them as “essential,” yet fails to provide adequate health coverage, denies access to federal relief programs, and refuses to halt deportations. Although Latinxs range in legal status, they bear the brunt of pandemic.[2] Additionally, 65% of Latinxs experienced pay cuts or layoffs since the onset of COVID-19 stay-at-home orders.[3] Consequently, the effects of living in liminality are reverberating across Latinx families and communities. For Latinx educators, staff and students, questions loom about fall classes during the pandemic.

As the Latinx community continues to confront structural inequities present long before the COVID-19 outbreak (think: employment, health care, housing, safety, and immigration needs), what is the role of Latinx educators during pandemic? As Indigenous Latina/Purépecha/Chicana (Alvarez Gutiérrez), Asian-Latina / KoreXicana (Fukushima), Latina/Chilean/Irish (Gaytán) first-generation professors in the state of Utah, we view our role as essential educators. We are mindful of the stakes of being called on to work – in the classroom as educators – and the unease of teaching and learning while the global pandemic accelerates. [4]

Latinx Talk

Read the entire article by visiting Latinx Talk:


ZOOM Author and panel discussion Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the U.S.Annie Isabel Fukushima (Author)



Eastwind Books of Berkeley and Co-sponsors UC Berkeley Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, Asian Pacific American Students Development, University of California, Berkeley present:

July 26, 2020 Sunday 3PM pst

ZOOM Author and panel discussion Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the U.S.Annie Isabel Fukushima (Author) 

Guest panelists:

Cindy C. Liou, Esq. is the State Policy Director at Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) working to provide legal counsel to unaccompanied refugee and immigrant children in the United States. 

Carolyn Kim is the Managing Attorney at Justice At Last and specializes in legal advocacy for survivors of all forms of human trafficking located in the Bay Area. 

Hediana Utarti is the Anti-Trafficking Program Coordinator/Community Advocate at San Francisco Asian Women’s Shelter

For more information contact www.asiabookcenter.comeastwindbooks@gmail.com


Free Ticket RSVP https://www.eventbrite.com/e/book-launch-and-panel-migrant-crossings-tickets-111498525090


Migrant Crossings examines the experiences and representations of Asian and Latina/o migrants trafficked in the United States into informal economies and service industries. Through sociolegal and media analysis of court records, press releases, law enforcement campaigns, film representations, theatre performances, and the law, Annie Isabel Fukushima questions how we understand victimhood, criminality, citizenship, and legality.
Fukushima examines how migrants legally cross into visibility, through frames of citizenship, and narratives of victimhood. She explores the interdisciplinary framing of the role of the law and the legal system, the notion of “perfect victimhood”, and iconic victims, and how trafficking subjects are resurrected for contemporary movements as illustrated in visuals, discourse, court records, and policy. Migrant Crossings deeply interrogates what it means to bear witness to migration in these migratory times–and what such migrant crossings mean for subjects who experience violence during or after their crossing.

Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima is Assistant Professor in the Ethnic Studies Division in the School for Cultural and Social Transformation at the University of Utah. Her research covers issues of migration, violence, race, gender, and witnessing and her expertise is recognized across the U.S. Dr. Fukushima’s scholarly works appear in numerous peer-reviewed journals. She values praxis, having implemented community-based research projects and served as an expert witness on human trafficking for immigration, civil, andcriminal cases in multiple US states, including California. Publicity Material Migrant Crossings(Stanford University Press, 2019) 9781503609495Recipient of the American Sociological Association Section on Asia and Asian America’s Book Award on Asian Americaanniefukushima.comPublications


Eastwind Books of Berkeley
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Mapping gender-based violence

By Morgan Aguilar

A group of nine University of Utah researchers hopes to increase public recognition of gender-based violence (GBV) through the Gender-based Violence Consortium. The interdisciplinary team of scholars represents multiple colleges across campus who came together to apply for a seed research grant from the vice president of research and the One U for Utah (IU4U) grant. The IU4U initiative is designed to seed faculty collaborations in areas of mutual research interest and opportunity.

“It was very striking to me that many of us have been doing work around gender-based violence issues but we had never been in the same room together,” said Annie Isabel Fukushima, a professor of ethnic studies in the School for Cultural and Social Transformation and the project owner of the GBV Consortium. “The One U for U program helps create that infrastructure for us to collaborate.”

Read full length article here at this Source: Mapping gender-based violence

Food Matters: Trafficked Transnational Migrants’ Experiences and the Matrix of Food (In)Security

Annie Isabel Fukushima Journal of Human Rights Practice, huaa024, https://doi.org/10.1093/jhuman/huaa024

Published: 24 June 2020


This article traces a particular object, food, in the context of the human rights violation of human trafficking of transnational migrant labourers, to answer: how does food come to matter for transnational migrants who labour in the United States and experience abuse in the form of human trafficking? To answer the research question, this article employs a qualitative method—thematic analysis of human trafficking court complaints in the legal system (N¼133). Through scavenging legal complaints made by transnational migrant labourers in the United States between 2000 and 2017, the author provides a novel framework: a matrix of food (in)security. A matrix of food (in)security is a framework describes how food is socially, politically, and legally articulated in transnational migration: food as a weapon of abuse, food (in)security, and workers in a food chain.
Keywords: abuse; food chains; food insecurity; human trafficking; immigration; labour

“World”-Making and “World”-Travelling with Decolonial Feminisms and Women of Color

Guest Editors’ Introduction by Wanda Alarcón, Dalida María Benfield, Annie Isabel Fukushima, and Marcelle Maese


Love has to be rethought, made anew.—María Lugones (1987)

We are in good company in our engagement with María Lugones. This special issue arrives soon after the 2019 anthology Speaking Face to Face: The Visionary Philosophy of María Lugones and anticipates more collections gathering various conversations and points of entry into her important decolonial feminist thought.1 We chose Lugones’s 1987 essay “Playfulness, ‘World’-Travelling, and Loving Perception” as the invitation to this conversation because of how it positions love as central to the project of coalition.2 We are so in need of both at the present moment. The importance of making political the loving relation between women of color also echoes Lugones’s early 1983 conversation with Elizabeth Spelman about feminist coalition, “Have We Got a Theory for You! Feminist Theory, Cultural Imperialism, and the Demand for ‘the Woman’s’ Voice.”3 In this innovative essay, Lugones and Spelman write in different voices and in Spanish and English, retaining the textures of their differences, to arrive at a sense of solidarity, even when as they write “[they] could not say we.”4 Lugones and Spelman appeal for a theory-making process in which theory or an account is helpful if among other qualities, “it enables one to see how parts of one’s life fit together”; it allows one to “locate oneself concretely in the world”; and “there is reason to believe that knowing what a theory means and believing it to be true have some connection to resistance and change.”5 Theory and coalition are helpful if they not only comprehend worlds but also remake them. They also affirm friendship, not reducible to sameness nor alienated by differences, as the only viable motive for white or Anglo women to make theory with women of color. As Lugones states: “The [End Page x] only motive that makes sense to me for your joining us in this investigation is the motive of friendship, out of friendship.”6 Without these frameworks of theory, coalition, and friendship, it is difficult if not impossible, to see the politics and the practices of radical women of color writing.

We also structured our call for this special issue with language invoking another movement in Lugones’s writing, “Toward a Decolonial Feminism,” with a desire to think about the concepts of women of color and decolonial feminisms in complex interrelation.7 We take the opportunity here to amplify Lugones’s contribution to decolonial theory. Using the framework of coloniality and decoloniality elaborated by Anibal Quijano and Michael Ennis8 and many other scholars, activists, and artists, Lugones’s critical engagement with the shifting contours of women of color, the coloniality of power and gender, and decolonial feminisms produces new proposals for resistance. In “Hetero-sexualism and the Colonial/Modern Gender System,” Lugones analyzes the colonial/modern gender system and its imposition of the gender binary and heterosexualism.9 This analysis creates a new field for praxical coalition and reconstructing non-binary subjectivities outside the colonial matrix of power. Lugones also interrogates origin stories and the times and places of our pasts and futures, including a recognition of Indigenous thought and practices that persist in their resistance to coloniality. In tandem, let us also consider as a consequence, Lugones’s different way of thinking of the term “women of color” as one that expands our understanding to include women who are not “backed by a collective memory” of belonging to a legible diaspora within the United States.10 Through this deepening of women of color as a coalitional term, Lugones echoes her earlier appeal to enact what she conceives of as “world”-travelling.

“World”-travelling must not be forgotten in a praxis of decolonial feminisms. It encourages us to drop our enchantment with naturalized ideas about community and offers a pedagogy for learning “an ethics of coalitionin-the making.”11 In “Playfulness, ‘World’-Travelling, and Loving Perception,” Lugones’s loving solution to arrogant perception is accompanied with an exploration…

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Your Lips: Mapping Afro-Boricua Feminist Becomings
Yomaira C. Figueroa

Decolonial Feminism as Reflexive Praxis: Lugones’s “World”-Travelling as Stories of Friendship in Academia
Jesica Siham FernándezKara HisatakeAngela Nguyen

A Decolonial Feminist Epistemology of the Bed: A Compendium Incomplete of Sick and Disabled Queer Brown Femme Bodies of Knowledge
Tala KhanmalekHeidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes

I Love You
Tamara Al-Mashouk

Zapateado Rebelde in “Somos Sur”: A Feminist Performance of Transnational Women of Color Border Artivism
Leslie Quintanilla

On Digital Decolonization: A Conversation with Morehshin Allahyari
Abdullah QureshiMorehshin Allahyari

“World”-Travelling and Transnational Feminist Praxis in Women Who Blow on Knots
Şule Akdoğan

Tantear Practices in Popular Education: Reaching for Each Other in the Dark
Linnea Beckett

Lugones, Munóz, and the Radical Potential of (Dis)identificatory Feminist Love for “World”-Making Beyond the Academe
Andrea N. Baldwin

“Pedagogies of the Broken-Hearted”: Notes on a Pedagogy of Breakage, Women of Color Feminist Decolonial Movidas, and Armed Love in the Classroom/Academy
Anne (Anna) Ríos-Rojas

Decolonizing Identity in Performance: Claiming My Mother Tongue in Suppression of Absence
Serap Erincin

“World”-Travelling the Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa Papers: Zooming the Cracks between Worlds
C. Alejandra Elenes

Artist Statement: The Electrics
Linda Vallejo

Gender: War. Review

I wanted to share that Gender: War edited by Andrea Peto has a review. Please check out the review. I have a chapter in this publication.

 Gender: War, 1st Edition

  • Andrea Pet? Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
  • Published By: Macmillan Reference USA
  • ISBN-10: 0028663306
  • ISBN-13: 9780028663302
  • DDC: 303.6
  • Grade Level Range: 12th Grade – College Senior
  • 400 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released September 2017
  • This publication’s content originally published in print form: 2018

The Subject(s) of Human Rights: Crises, Violations, and Asian/American Critique

Edited by Cathy J. Schlund-Vials, Guy Beauregard, and Hsiu-chuan Lee, With an Afterword by Madeleine Thien

Here is how the editors summarize my chapter in this book:

The editors best summarize Fukushima’s chapter: “Annie Isabel Fukushima concludes this section with an ambitious critical account of “tethered subjectivities” spanning Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the continental United States. Her essay begins with the Korean operated Daewoosa factory in American Samoa, a site where trafficked migrant workers from Vietnam and China worked alongside Samoan workers. While the owner of this factory was eventually convicted and sentenced to forty years in prison, Fukushima nevertheless reads this case as a failure to facilitate human rights in the Asia-Pacific region insofar as it affirmed, rather than contested, U.S. colonial presence in the region. Extending her discussion to address what she calls “factories, farms, and fisheries”— encompassing, among other subjects, Thai farm workers in Hawaii and the story of Sonny, a fisher from Indonesia whose journey took him to Australia, Fiji, American Samoa, and eventually California—Fukushima foregrounds key moments in the history of U.S. imperialism and colonial rule, including California’s 1850 “Act for the Government and Protection of Indians,” the annexation of Hawaii in 1898, and the partitioning of the Samoan archipelago in 1899. In doing so, her essay tracks how rights-based forms of subjectivity are inextricably tied to settler-colonial logics. Drawing on the work of Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Fukushima proposes the notion of “hacking” as a way of undoing discourses of human trafficking and human rights, urging us to envision new ways to challenge rights violations that do not, at the same time, affirm U.S. settler-colonial presence” – (Schlund-Vials et al., 2019, p. 12).

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Considers the ways Asian American studies has engaged with humanitarian crises and large-scale violations

Description of the book

Human rights violations have always been part of Asian American studies. From Chinese immigration restrictions, the incarceration of Japanese Americans, yellow peril characterizations, and recent acts of deportation and Islamophobia, Asian Americans have consistently functioned as subordinated “subjects” of human rights violations. The Subject(s) of Human Rights brings together scholars from North America and Asia to recalibrate these human rights concerns from both sides of the Pacific. 

The essays in this collection provide a sharper understanding of how Asian/Americans have been subjected to human rights violations, how they act as subjects of history and agents of change, and how they produce knowledge around such subjects. The editors of and contributors to The Subject(s) of Human Rights examine refugee narratives, human trafficking, and citizenship issues in twentieth- and twenty-first century literature. These themes further refract issues of American war-making, settler colonialism, military occupation, collateral damage, and displacement that relocate the imagined geographies of Asian America from the periphery to the center of human rights critique. 

Contributors: Annie Isabel Fukushima, Mayumo Inoue, Masumi Izumi, Dinidu Karunanayake, Christine Kim, Min-Jung Kim, Christopher Lee, Vinh Nguyen, Christopher B. Patterson, Madeleine Thien, Yin Wang, Grace Hui-chuan Wu, and the editors


Temple University Press


In the Series

Asian American History and Culture edited by Cathy Schlund-Vials, Rick Bonus, and Shelley Sang-Hee Lee Founded by Sucheng Chan in 1991, the Asian American History and Culture series has sponsored innovative scholarship that has redefined, expanded, and advanced the field of Asian American studies while strengthening its links to related areas of scholarly inquiry and engaged critique. Like the field from which it emerged, the series remains rooted in the social sciences and humanities, encompassing multiple regions, formations, communities, and identities. Extending the vision of founding editor Sucheng Chan and emeriti editor Michael Omi, David Palumbo-Liu, K. Scott Wong and Linda Trinh Võ, series editors Cathy Schlund-Vials, Rick Bonus, and Shelley Sang-Hee Lee continue to develop a foundational collection that embodies a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to Asian American studies.

2019 GLAD Grant Recipient

Happy to share that I am a GLAD Grant Recipient at the University of Utah. Spring 2019 GLAD Recipients -Ed Munoz, Annie Isabel Fukushima, & Alborz Ghandehari. Our awarded proposal at the University of Utah is entitled: Race and Ethnicity in Global Contexts II: Ethnic Studies “Global Learning without a Passport”


Spring 2019 GLAD Recepients –  (order in photo): Alborz Ghandehari, Ed Munoz, Annie Isabel Fukushima
Race and Ethnicity in Global Contexts II:  Ethnic Studies “Global Learning without a Passport”

Gloria Anzaldúa : Traduire les frontières Translating Borders

16 mai 2019 – 18 mai 2019

contact the conference organizers directly if you have questions (see above flyer)

Jeudi 16 mai 2019 – Université Paris 8

09h00 Accueil
Welcome address, Bienvenue

Marta Segarra (LEGS) 09h15 Ouverture Nadia Setti

Opening blessing Sandra Pacheco curandera

10h00 PLÉNIÈRE 1

Amphi X – Gloria Anzaldúa, féministe décoloniale, théoricienne queer of color modératrice : Nadia Yala Kusikidi
Paola Bacchetta, Norma Cantù, Maria Lugones

11h30 Pause café


1 Amphi X
Amanda Cuellar,
Nepantla and Film Production, Patricia Montoya, Sarah Luna, Kegels for Hegel, ake Me To Yr Borderlands (Cancion De Amor A Gloria E. Anzaldúa)

2 · J103 Panel Education en Nepantla
Dolorès Bernal Delgado, Rebecca Burciaga, Judith Carmona Flores, Alexandra C. Elenes

3 · J104 Panel : Joteria Thought and Praxis : Engaging Anzaldúan Borderland Theories for Living a Queer Latinx Chicanx Life

José Manuel Santillana, Anita Revilla Tijerina, Eddy Francisco Alvarez, Ernesto Javier Martinez

4 · J105 Elia Hat eld, Gloria Anzaldúa: de sujeto atravesado subalterno a lo marginal en el centro M. Montanaro, Gloria Anzaldúa et bell looks : Frontières et marge comme forme de résistance C.Back, The othersider/Del Otro Lado

5 · J003 At the Con uence of Geographic and Academic Borders
Amalia de la Luz Montez, Maria Gutierrez y Muh, Gabriella Raimon, Eva Allegra Sobek, Maria Herrera



6 Amphi X

Panel : Penser avec Anzaldúa en France : Expériences de queers noirs, arabes et latina de la diaspora
Majda Cheick, Dawud Bumaye, Amaranta Lopez

7 · J103 Panel : Why Can’t See Women and Children of Color with Disabilities: Radical Visions for Transformations
Diane Torres Velasquez, Ana Genoveva Martinez de la Cueva Astirraga, Ronalda Tome Warrito, Barbara Dray

8 · J104 Karla Padron, Beyond the Wound: Anzaldúa’s Teachings
and Transgender Latina Immigrant Activism in the U.S.
Madelaine Cahuas, Understanding Anzalda’s Borderlands as a Latinx Black Geography Maira Alvarez, Disrupting B/borders His-stories

9 · J105 Panel : Decolonial Mapping of the Mexico U.S. Borderland
Victor De Hierro, Eda Ozyesilpinar, Laura Gonzales, Vanessa Guzman Migrant Day Labor Movements: Contesting Border Securization and Crimmization

10 · J004 Felipe M. Fernandez, Traces de Anzaldúa dans la pensée lesbienne
contemporaine au Brésil
Barbara Elcimar, Cours en ligne sur la pensée lesbienne contemporaine et ses contributions
à la construction du sujet politique du mouvement lesbien au Brésil
Caterina Rea, Dialogues entre ‘Suds’ : enseigner la critique queer of color à UNILAB/Malês Claudia Cabello Hutt, Across Borderlands: queer solidarity and transatlantic networks 1920-1950


16h30 PLÉNIÈRE 2

Amphi X – Situations : Gloria Anzaldúa en France modératrice : Nassira Hedgerassi
Jules Falquet, Gabriel Joao, Nawo

17h30 Fin de la plénière

18h30 PERFORMANCE – Amphi X
Maria Helena Fernandez, The Latinx Survival Guide in the Age of Trump

Andrea Guajardo, Nepantla «Valentina»

19h30 Fin de la 1ère journée

Vendredi 17 mai 2019 – Université Paris 3

09h00 ACCUEIL – Amphi 1A
Bienvenue Evelyne Ricci (CREC)

09h30 PLÉNIÈRE 3

Amphi A – Wild Tongues Translating Anzaldúa
modératrice : Paola Zaccaria
Eva Rodriguez, Suzanne Dufour, Alejandra Soto Chacon, Romana Radwimme, Isabelle Cambourakis



11 · D11 D11

Fayeza Hasanat, Cécilia Rodriguez Milanes, Wild Tongues Translating Personal Borders, Michael A.Turcios, Borderland Culture and Nepantla Consciousness in Sans Frontière

12 · D12
Marilyn M.White,
True and Ancient Properties’: Morrison’s Tar Baby Through an Anzaldúan Lens

Neela Cathelain, La conscience de la mestiza :
éhontement et migration dans le genre romanesque
Gabrielle Adjerad, Coatlicue, con ictualité au féminin et résistance
dans Woman Hollering Creek(1991) de Sandra Cisneros
Joana Rodriguez Meritxell, The MediterreanLiterary Palimpsest:vRevisiting Anzaldúa s’ Borderland(s) through the Works of Najat El Hachmi and Dalila Kerchouche

13 · D13
Smadar Lavie, The Anzaldúan Method of Auto-historia-Teoria:
Notes on La Llorona’s Permission to Narrate the Academic Text
Lissel Quiroz, Décoloniser le savoir : le concept de autohistoria-teoria de Gloria Anzaldúa Lilliana P. Saldana, Auto-historia-teoria as a decolonial methodology: researching the coloniality of public celebration and researching the self
Carolina Alonso,Teaching GloriaAnzaldúa through Autohistoria

14 · D15 Écriture chamane
Sarah-A.Crevier-Goulet & Barbara Santos,
Portrait de l’écrivaine en chamane. Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa,
la nepantla et le chemin de la connaissance (the path of conoscimiento) Kelli Zaytoun, “An artist in the Sense of a Shaman“: Naguala/Shapeshifting as Decolonial Practice
John Kaiser Ortiz, The reality of the Unseen

15 · D16
Panel “From Taming a Wild Tongue to Building a Bilingual, Bicultural University“ Francisco Guajardo, Stéphanie Alvarez, Emmy Perez



16 · D11
Alexander Stehn,Teaching Anzaldúa in/on/from the Borderlands of American Philosophy Mariana Alessandrini, G.A. And the French Existentialist
Rita Rodriguez, Anzaldúa y Foucault: Theory Genealogy and Deconstruction of Sexual Identity An Aesthetics of Auto-Arte
Mariana Ortega, Borderlands, Self-Transformation and Queer subjectivity
Lorena Alvarado, Sentimientos Encontrados: translating/theorizing the Musical/Feeling

17 · D12
Panel: Translating Borderlands Across the Americas
Israel Dominguez, El Mundo Zurdo: Translating Anzaldúa Through the Digital World Alessandro Escalante, Taming Queer/cuir Tongues: Translating Anzaldúa Through Queer/cuir Culture in Puerto Rico

Hina Muneeruddin,The Hate and fear of “Trump“ Politics: Translating Anzaldúa
Through American Muslim Affect and Futurity
Barbara Sostaita,Coatlicue en la Caravana: Translating Anzaldúa Through Migrants on the Move

18 · D13
Panel: Voices from the Ancestors: Xicanx and Latinx Spiritual Expressions
and Healing Practices
Lara Medina & Marta Gonzalez, Envisioning and Manifesting Voices from The Ancestors:
Xicanx and Latinx Spiritual Expressions and Healing Practices
Maria Helena Fernandez, Drawing from the Cenote Well for Healing Colonization and Patriarchy Aïda Salazar, Reclaiming Moon and Mourning Rituals

19 · D15
Aïda Salazar-Vasquez,
Digitizing the Borderlands: Archive, Memory, and Queer Time
of a Coatlicue State
Stephen Santa-Ramirez & Adam Martinez,“We are in a constant state of limbo“:
The in-between worlds of Latinx undocumented college students in Arizona within the Trump era Carmen Villanueva,The Coatlicue State of Decolonial Mothering
Renée Lemus & Cristina R. Smith, Semillas de las Abuelas:
Teaching to Reclaim n the B/borderland Family

20 · D16
Marina Alessandri & Lara Bonilla,
Exploring the Anzaldúan Archive: Readerly Encounters in Nepantla

Alberto Flores Lupe, Other/Wordly Assemblages: MappingMore-thanHuman Socialities
in the Archival Writings of Gloria E. Anzaldúa
Coco Magallanes & Anna-Lorena Carilla Padilla, Imagen-Frontera, Memoria-Revelada
y Archivo-Tex urizado Gloria Anzaldúa, Angela Arziniaga y Virginia Hernandez en Puebla, 2017

21 · D17
Mariana Rojas,
Les langues des métisses: genre, racialisation et frontières quotidiennes Alvaro Luna, La traduction en français du parler chicano : hybridités, frontières, croisements Cassie Lynn Smith, Translating B/borders in the Classroom: Employing Anzaldúan Pedagogy in the University Classroom


Jessica Helen Lopez,
The Malinche is my Next Door Neighbor. A spoken Word Performance of Auto-historia fantasma and Reclamation of the Violent Femme DykeWarrior
Estefania Tizon Fonseca, Poetry about the Borderlands between sexuality and spirituality

Sem Nagas,
Corps nocturnes corps numériques

16h15 PAUSE

16h30 PLÉNIÈRE 4

AMPHI A – Archives féministes et Queer Décoloniales modératrice : Suhraiya Jivraj
Ana Louise Keating, Amina Mama



Lectures féministes

Ouerdia Ben Amar, Jamie Herd, Akila Kizzi, Heta Rundgren


A. Salazar, R.Orona Cordova, L. Medina The moon Within 19h- 21h : PROJECTION FILM (Cinémathèque)

salle 049
T.Lakrissi, Douin, Laroche/Back,
Something to do with the dark (25mn)

Samedi 18 mai 2019 – Université Paris 7

09h00 Accueil
Cécile Rondeau (LARCA)

09h30 PLÉNIÈRE 5

Amphi 12E – Artivismes
modératrice : Santa Barraza, Cristina Castellano, Anel Flores, Celeste de Luna, Paola Zaccaria


22 Amphi 12 E

Panel : Art and Resistance in Anzaldúa’s Borderlands

Aïda Hurtado, Art and Resistance in Anzaldúa’s Borderlands
Stephanie Alvarez, Artivism in the Rio Grande Valley and the Anzaldúa Border Aestetic Emmy Perez, Rio Grande Valley Poets after Anzaldúa: the Living Roots

23 · 264E
Panel : Translenguas y Transfonteras: Navigating Art and Pedagogy with Gloria Anzaldúa’s
Borderlands/La Frontera

Alejandra I. Ramirez, Abject Intimacies and the Global Border Industrial Complex Gloria Negrete-Lopez, Queer(ing) Abolitionists Imagining: Radical Envisioning Through Anzaldúan Visual Theory
Monica Hernandez, Sanando las Heridas:
Anzaldúan Praxis in Fronterix Community College

24 · 234C
Panel : Resituating the B/Borderlands: Return as Renegotiation
Magda Garcia, From Dancing Mestizo “Nation“ to Dancing Mestiza “Borderlands“ Anzaldúa and Re-envisioning the Possibilities of Chicana/o/x Folklorico Practice
Marina Chavez, Reading Horror in the B/borderands
Nieves N. Villanueva, Repositioning Emotional Embodiments: Gloria Anzaldúa’s Work Refashioning

Roberto Macias, Recognition and Its Discontents: The Political Uncanny and the Coatlicue State in Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza

25 · 270F
Jonathan Hernandez,
“Guilt Lay Folded in the Tortilla“: Affect in Anzaldúa‘s Writing Tace Hedric, Gloria Anzaldúa’s Alien Nation

Jeremy Patterson, Border Anxiety versus Border Trauma:
An Anzaldúan Tension in the Psychology of Geopolitical Borders
Julius C. Calderon, JuanGa/Aguilera Moves through/in the Mexican Border(lands): Sexuality, Sovereignty, and Religiosity

26 · 274F
Panel : Anzaldúa and Spatial/Artistic/Linguistic Production
Maylei Blackwell, Spiritual Conocimiento:
Reading the Feminine Divine in the Obra of Ester Hernández
Raul Coronado, Does Writing Express Experience or Does It Create It?: Anzaldúa’s Borderlands and the Queer Latinx Public Sphere
Juan Herrera, Anzaldúan Spatialities: Race, Space, and Difference in the Work of Gloria Anzaldúa

27 · 248 E
Xamuel Bañales,
Building Community, Decolonizing Spirituality, and Women of Color Feminism: Applying Gloria Anzaldúa in and out of the Classroom for Healing and Empowerment
Sandra Pacheco, Altar-making: a pedagogical practice for engaging Anzaldúa’s seven stages
of conocimiento
Clarissa Garza, The phenomena of the unconscious and spirituality as a means to heal one’s inner psyche



28 · AMPHI 12 E
Panel : Gloria Anzaladúa’s Erotic Borderlands: Affecting Worlds, Transforming Violence Felicity A. Schaeffer, Bee Sensing and Sensorial Crossings Across Transhuman Borders
Krizia Puig, The Loves We Long For: Affective Borderlands///Borderland Affects
Victoria Sanchez,TowardsaChicanaFeministMetaphysicsoftheBreath:AnzaldúanApproachesto Breathing in Science and Technology Studies (STS)
Alfredo Reyes, Diffracted Perspectives of Citizenship
Dana Ahern, Pain and Potentialities: Una Herida Abierta as Queer of Color Methodology
Ryan King, GPS and the Body / Border: Scales of Empire

29 · 264 E
Mercedes V.Avila,
Toward a Nuevomexicana Consciousness:
An Exploration of Identity through Education Manifested In a Colonial History
Elenes Briseida, Nepantlera Leaders: Latinas Facilitating Student Pathways
and Transforming Education
Claudia Cervantes Soon, Juárez Girls Rising and Reclaiming the Serpent’s Tongue
Pablo Ramirez, Put History Through a Sieve, Winnow Out the Lies: Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands Ethics as a Guide to an Engagement with Collective Memory

30 · 234 C
Panel : Bridge Building
Vickie Vertig, Victoria Delgadillo, Cristina Castellano, Kaelyn Rodriguez, Maya Chinchilla

31 · 270 F [14h00, 18 mai 2019]
Panel : Border Crossing: Harnessing the Power of Anzaldúan Thought and Methodologies Lara de Juan, Big Border Algorithms
Annie Isabel Fukushima, Witnessing Violence and the Coatlicue State
Cristina Mora, Anzaldúa and the Place of Politics in California.

32 · 274 F
Panel: Borderlands Profundo: Engineering Anzaldúan Soundscapes, Pedagogies, and Ancestral Knowledges
Wanda Alarcon, Towards a Decolonial Feminist Poetics
Marta Gonzales, Voices from the Ancestors, Mediterranean Borderlands, and Decolonizing Time and Spirituality
Marcella Maese, Borderlands Profundo: Rehearing Aztecas del Norte through Flor Y canto Alexandro Meija, Deconstructing Westernized Conceptions of what it means to be
an Engineer through Nepantlerismo
33 · 248 E
Panel: Queering Education and Anzaldúa’s Nepantla
Mary Hermes, Wild Tongues
Diana Chandara, Developing Consciousness in the Heart Through Nepantla
Alexander Qui, Dis-identi cation and Transformation: Nepantla as a Framework for Expanding the Boundaries of Abolition
Ak O’Loughlin, Gender-as-Lived: The Coloniality of Gender in Schools and Teaching From a Place of Anzaldúa’s Nepantla


Celina A. Gomez, Stevie Luna Rodriguez, Gladys Ornelas, Emmy Perez, Amanda Victoria Ramirez
#PoetsAgainstWalls: Overcoming the Tradition of Silence

264 E Munoz Gris, Coatlicue Girl 16h30 PAUSE CAFÉ

18h30 234 C Bassad Saja 16h45 PLÉNIÈRE 6

Amphi 12 E Décoloniser le présent
modératrice : Akila Kizzi, Norma Alarcón, Seloua Luste Bulbina, Nacira Guénif

19h00 SALUTATION FINALE Sandra Pacheco

Chicana Feminist Theory 2019

University of Utah, Spring 2019. ETHNC 5730-001/ GNDR 5960-005

Chicana Feminisms emerged out of struggle against heteropatriarchy within the movimientos of the 1960s. Chicana Feminist Theory grapples with the multiplicity of Chicana Feminist works that emerged since the 1960s in the United States. Centralizing ethnic studies methodologies, the course grapples with a range of modalities through which a Chicana feminist praxis has emerged. Through a range of subthemes, this course will come to conceptualize chicana feminisms: heteropatriarchy, historical imagination, consciousness, literary, art, performance, music, queer, violence, education, labor, abilities, wellness, and migration. This course will move from conceiving Chicana feminist histories towards grappling with a Chicana feminist future.

This course encourages students to discover a range of ethnic studies modalities through intensive reading, critical thinking, discussion, and writing. The learning objectives of Chicana Feminist Theory are the following:

  1. Students will analyze and evaluate major approaches to race and ethnicity.
  2. Students will debate, differentiate, and critique theories, concepts, and approaches to develop analytical depth and engage them and their intersections in new and more complex dimensions.
  3. Students will analyze, synthesize, critique, and use relevant sources
  4. Students will recognize how structural relations of power enables and constrains individual and collective opportunities and perspectives, and will apply this understanding to transformative praxis.

Below, are the final projects for Chicana Feminist Theory – Students were invited to create podcasts for their final project.

Ciriac Alvarez: on poetry, activism and pursing dreams from that third country. By Brooke Adams
La Chicana Identity by Lily Ceja
Chicana Feminist Theory Podcast – Patriarchy in the Household and National MEChA Conference 2 by Valeria Escobar
Introductory to Chicana Feminism by Cristina Guerrero
Aztlan – A podcast by Javier Hernandez
Decolonial Imaginary
Final Project by Jocelyne Lopez
Chicana Feminism and First Hand Experience by Frances Lucas
Chicana Feminisms in Mental Health by Carlos Martinez
Lis Pankl
Exploring the Borderlands of Mexican American Identity with Aspen Flores by Marley Talvitie
2 Femme 2 Furious Episode 1 by Kahlozar
How To Be A Chicana Feminist In The US Coming From A Different Country by Jobany Quiterio
The life of Selena Quintanilla by Sarah Terry
Latina Health Care Experience Podcast by Colton West

Beyond Walls

Proud of my students in my course on immigration, transnationalism and diasporic communities:

My student published a write-up with the Office for Equity & Diversity at the University of Utah’s People’ & Places blog.


Additionally, you may find content for their projects by visiting https://migratorytimes.net – scroll down to see their projects – #beyondwallsutah.


Diaspora, Displacements and Transnational Communities invites you:

3PM, April 10, 2019
Gardner Commons 4660 (260 Central Campus Drive) University of Utah

In 2015, it was estimated that 244,467 immigrants resided in Utah. In spite of a long history of movement across the Americas, into the Americas, and into Utah, migrant (im)mobility continues to be shaped by anti-immigration rhetoric and policies. These policies encompass a long history that spans from 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act to more contemporary orders such as Executive Order 13769. Additionally, ongoing discussions of “building a wall” impact communities and people who are transnational workers, support transnational families, are part of transnational networks, or seeking refuge.

Join the students of Ethnic Studies – Diaspora, Displacements and Transnational Communities – for a discussion of migrant stories and walls. Students will discuss, with an ethnic studies lens, how a rhetoric of walls, criminalization, surveillance, and xenophobia shape migrant 21st century experience. The class invites participants to join us – we will gather, discuss, listen and read fragments, excerpts, parts of migratory lives placed around the Marriott library. The discussion will begin on April 10 at 3PM at Gardner Commons 4660 on the right side of the Marriott library plaza.

Questions? Contact Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima, a.fukushima@utah.edu, Ethnic Studies, University of Utah



Launch of Migratory Times

On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2019, the Institute of (im)Possible Subjects and the Center for Arts, Design, and Social Research announce the launch of the Migratory Times online space!
Migratory Times: Session #1: Translating Geographies of Displacement
Today, March 8, 2019, the Institute of (Im)Possible Subjects and the Center for Arts, Design and Social Research go live with “Migratory Times.” Migratory Times began in 2016 as a series of pedagogical, research, and exhibition events focused on the politics of race, gender, geopolitics, and global migration organized by the Institute of (im)Possible Subjects. Since its emergence the project has created over 30 international events with even more numerous collaborating artists, researchers, and cultural and educational organizations. In 2018, the Institute of (Im)Possible Subjects co-founded the Migratory Times and Spaces working group of the Center for Arts Design & Social Research (CAD+SR). As a co-sponsored project with CAD+SR, Migratory Times will continue to unfold through an interactive web platform, with three month “sessions” of curated content and events, featuring works produced previously in the Migratory Times series of events, put in conversation with new art and writing, and archival texts.
The web publication lead editors are founding members of the Institute of (Im)Possible Subjects, Dalida María Benfield and Annie Fukushima.

The launch of the web platform begins with a three month session called “Translating Geographies of Displacements.” This session features the following works:

Audio from “Dislocating Geographies of Displacement” an online conversation featuring at land’s edge and @criticaldías (Rebecca Close and Anyely Marin Cisneros)

Audio from “For More Than One Voice,” a performance by Jane Jin Kaisen and Stina Hasse JørgensenPhotographs and texts from Translating Geographies of Displacement, a workshop organized by Jane Jin Kaisen and Dalida María Benfield (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Video from Geographies of Displacement, a panel discussion featuring anti-gentrification activists organized by at land’s edge (Los Angeles)
Scholarly and public contribution articles on gentrification in Inglewood, East Los Angeles, Crenshaw Corridor/Leimert Park in Los Angeles
Essays and artworks by Alanna Lockward and Patricia Kaersenhout, Tara Daly, Choralyne Dumesnil, Annie Fukushima, and Rolando Vázquez
Invitation: We invite artists, activists, journalists, researchers, scholars, teachers, technologists, thinkers, video makers, visualists, and any community member to participate in the web launch as a flashread. “Flashreads” are a technology of collective reading and annotation that the Institute has been developing over the past three years, engaging in online discussions that are open to multiple publics. As academics, researchers, and artists, we are interested in creating spaces for the engagement with transnational feminist and decolonial thought and action across different media and knowledge forms.

How to participate in a flashread:
· Visit: https://migratorytimes.net/
· Read, view, listen to the content provided in Session 1: Translating Geographies of Displacement.
· Respond to one of the works by creating (either in a writing, artist work, video, sound, or any other creative, written, visual or auditory platform).
· Submit your contribution in the comments. Look for the + sign next to the texts. You can also email us your contribution: instituteofimpossiblesubjects@gmail.com
· Open period for submission: March 8 – June 8, 2019
About: The Institute of (im)Possible Subjects (IiPS) is a transnational feminist collective of artists, writers, and researchers. Building from conversations between scholars and artists and activists, from the streets to independent art spaces to college campuses, our project pursues questions regarding digital spaces and global racialization and racisms, gender, and labor politics; the transnational exchange of visual cultures and social justice through media and technoscapes; and the intervention of contemporary artists and researchers in (re)defining landscapes of knowledge. IiPS constructs a knowledge commons, framed by voices and experiences in multiple social conditions.
We welcome your feedback on the site and also invite your submissions for future sessions! Please contact instituteofimpossiblesubjects@gmail.com.
For more information about the Center for Arts, Design and Social Research please contact us at center.adsr@gmail.com.
With love and respect,
Annie & Dalida

Annie Isabel Fukushima, Ph.D.Assistant ProfessorDivision of Ethnic Studies, School for Cultural & Social TransformationUniversity of UtahAuthor of Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the U.S.(Stanford University Press, 2019): Here
Personal website: anniefukushima.com
Academic Publications: Here
Co-Coordinator, Migratory Times, Institute of (im)Possible Subjects

dalida maría benfield, ph.d.artist
researchercollective impossible, llc
Research and Program Director, Center for Arts, Design, and Social Research
Affiliated Researcher, futuremaking.space, Aarhus University
Co-Coordinator, Migratory Times, Institute of (im)Possible Subjects

Transnationalism, Migration & Diasporic Communities

Ethnic Studies 5350

Transnationalism, Migration & Diasporic Communities
Professor: Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima
Spring 2019
University of Utah

What are the processes that different ethnic migrants settle within the U.S.? How do migrants maintain ties with their “home” and create a sense of community both locally and transnationally? Through concepts of immigration, transnationalism, and community, this course explores the displacements, relocations, and remaking of communities and identities. Integrating disciplines of cultural studies, history, legal studies, race studies, and sociology, this course examines the movement of people. This course employs relational analysis to understand the historical and contemporary patterns that vie rise to the various ebbs and flows of people, resources, cultures, and communities. Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima is the author of Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the US (Stanford University Press, 2019).

Available for Pre-order: Migrant Crossings

Visit Stanford University Press: https://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=29061

Migrant Crossings examines the experiences and representations of Asian and Latina/o migrants trafficked in the United States into informal economies and service industries. Through sociolegal and media analysis of court records, press releases, law enforcement campaigns, film representations, theatre performances, and the law, Annie Isabel Fukushima questions how we understand victimhood, criminality, citizenship, and legality.

Fukushima examines how migrants cross into visibility legally, through frames of citizenship, and narratives of victimhood. She explores the interdisciplinary framing of the role of the law and the legal system, the notion of “perfect victimhood” and iconic victims, and how trafficking subjects are resurrected for contemporary movements as illustrated in visuals, discourse, court records, and policy. Migrant Crossings deeply interrogates what it means to bear witness to migration in these migratory times – and what such migrant crossings mean for subjects who experience violence during or after their crossing.

About the author

Annie Isabel Fukushima is Assistant Professor in the Ethnic Studies Division in the School for Cultural and Social Transformation at the University of Utah.


Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the U.S.

Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the U.S.

  • Monday, November 5, 2018
  • 12:00 PM  1:00 PM
  • Gardner Commons — Hinckley Institute of Politics (map)
  • Annie Fukushima, Assistant Professor, Division of Ethnic Studies, School for Cultural & Social Transformation

Pizza & Politics

Free and open to the public

*The Hinckley Institute neither supports nor opposes the views expressed in this forum. 



Violence Against Women Community Needs Assessment – San Francisco

Violence Against Women Community Needs Assessment

$40 gift card per participant –Survivors of Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking & Sexual Assault

Have you survived domestic violence, human trafficking or sexual assault as an adult or when you were under the age of 18?

We want to hear from you! We invite you to be part of a 90-minute confidential group discussion about the needs of people who have experienced abuse, violence, or assault.

All participants will receive $40 gift card for their time.

If you are interested in participating in any of these groups please complete a registration online at  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Z69727P.

Or contact Annie Isabel Fukushima* at 415-341-6047 or via e-mail at a.fukushima@utah.edu

DATE & TIMES: February and March 2018 at a range of times.

Youth Survivors:

  • Horizons (survivors of violence ages 18-24 years-old.) If you are older now but the abuse occurred when you were under 18 years-old or continued into your adulthood, you can participate too! March 14, 2018 at 4:30PM.
  • LYRIC (survivors of violence ages 18-24 years-old) If you are older now but the abuse occurred when you were under 18 years-old or continued into your adulthood, you can participate too! March 15, 2018 at 2PM.

Adult survivors of violence:

  • James Infirmary. February 28, 2018 at 11AM.
  • La Casa de las Madres. February 28, 2018 at 3PM.

Sexual assault survivors:

  • San Francisco Women Against Rape. March 1, 2018 at 1PM.

More focus groups forthcoming.

*Annie Isabel Fukushima is a professor of the University of Utah working with San Francisco’s Department on the Status of Women to identify the needs of survivors of violence. All group discussions will be confidential and your identity will not be linked to your comments.

Salon with the Institute of (Im)Possible Subjects – Silhouettes: Migration, (Un)Documented, and Pedagogies



This event is by invitation only. Please contact Dr. Fukushima at a.fukushima@utah.edu if you have questions or would like to be a part of this discussion. This event is being recorded. 

Purpose: The salons create a space for discussion, sharing, and connections. For this salon, I would love to invite all of us to be in a conversation regarding pedagogies, documentation and migration. Here, I recognize the current climate, and that when considering migration, documentation, and teaching, that we are not only discussing DACA, where migration and notions of documentation have a range of contested meanings. But, we are also recognizing that DACA, undocumented, and other forms of documentation have shaped our students lives, our own lives and pedagogues, and our communities (recognizing community is multifaceted and complex). Questions we seek to grapple with: What does it mean to teach / learn in the current moment on migration / emigration / immigration and transnational connections? What can be learned from the transnational/diasporic/migratory subject? What is currently being made invisible? How do you teach about migration? How does documentation, undocumented, and the dualities of legality/illegality emerge in the classroom and/or spaces of learning?

Format: The salon will be 90 minute recorded conversation. It will be edited then published to the Institute of (Im)Possible Subjects websites (Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, and our under construction edited multimedio web publication).

To begin our conversation, we could listen to Sonia Guiñansaca “Bursting of photographs after trying to squeeze out old memories”. https://soundcloud.com/pbsnewshour/sonia-guinansaca-reads-bursting-of-photographs-after-trying-to-squeeze-out-old-memories

Then we will discuss the works of Ruby Chacon.


Salt Lake CityUTUSA*
MDT (UTC -6)
Tue, Oct 17, 2017, 10:00 am
San FranciscoCAUSA*
PDT (UTC -7)
Tue, Oct 17, 2017, 9:00 am
EDT (UTC -4)
Tue, Oct 17, 2017, 12:00 noon
SeoulSouth Korea
KST (UTC +9)
Wed, Oct 18, 2017, 1:00 am
COT (UTC -5)
Tue, Oct 17, 2017, 11:00 am
PHT (UTC +8)
Wed, Oct 18, 2017, 12:00 midn

Location in Salt Lake City

2130N Hoopes Seminar Room, Marriott Library, University of Utah.

For Silhouette’s Remote participants Call-in information

Tue, Oct 17, 2017 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM MDT

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.


You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (872) 240-3311

Access Code: 947-035-901

First GoToMeeting? Let’s do a quick system check: https://link.gotomeeting.com/system-check

About folks invited to be in conversation:

Leticia Alvarez (Utah)
Crystal Baik (California)
Dalida Maria Benfield (Massachussetts)
Ruby Chacon (California/Utah)
Jose Manuel Cortez (Utah)
Cindy Cruz (California)
Annie Isabel Fukushima (Utah)
Sarita Gaytan (Utah)
Juan Herrera (California)
Alonso Reyna  (Unconfirmed?) (Utah)

Institute of Impossible Subjects: Flashreads

Check out my contribution to the IIS Flashreads: https://iisflashreads.tumblr.com/

Here I discuss, “Pedagogies & Teaching the ‘Illegal'”

Pedagogies & Teaching the “Illegal”

by Annie Isabel Fukushima

Ngai’s work is brilliant. Allowing for one to trace legal events where the making of the “illegal” goes hand-in-hand with the making of the US.

Here is a lecture I gave drawing upon Mae Ngai’s work. “What is an American? Genocide, Relocation, Citizenship and Making of the ‘Illegal’“ (September 23, 2016) at University of Utah. The class: 100 students, majority students of color with many who have migrant narratives in their own histories and/or their family histories. It was important that we had a conversation about the making of the term “illegal.” Ngai’s work has been seminal for understanding the legal construction of citizenship and the “illegal.“

During the election period, living in a conservative state, where migrant communities are an integral part of the Utah context, discussing migration is ever important.

Lessons learned:

1. The term “illegal” has so much history, that even when you trouble it for students, they may still find it challenging. The legacy of “illegal” being synonymous with migrant and/or the dominant anti-immigrant sentiment make this a term that is difficult to move through, for some students. However it is critical that educators contend with the uncomfortable as a site of productive possibility.

2. It was important for me as an educator to link sentiments of immigration with colonial contexts. There is a historical need to trace how as the “illegal” is sustained through notions of citizenship furthered, cannot be delinked from colonial systems of governance.

3. To teach about migration, legality, citizenship, and coloniality, requires ongoing self-reflexive teaching practices. This lecture is not a perfect how to. It is an offering of what I did in one class. What I would change – this could have easily been three lecture. In the race for time and the need to crunch as much in as possible, I am left with what does not stick with the students?

4. I always make my lectures available after class. That way students may return to the notes and ask questions.

We all read:

  • C. Matthew Snipp, “The First Americans: American Indians.” Margaret L. Anderson and Patricia Hill Collins, Eds. Race, Class & Gender. An Anthology. Ninth Edition. Cengage Learning. 34 – 40.
  • Mae Ngai. “Birthright Citizenship and the Alien Citizen.” Fordham Law Review 75(5): 2521 – 2529.
  • Marie Friedmann Marquardt, Timothy Steigenga, Philip J. Williams, and Manuel A. Vasquez. “Living Illegal: the Human Face of Unauthorized Immigration.” Margaret L. Anderson and Patricia Hill Collins, Eds. Race, Class & Gender. An Anthology. Ninth Edition. Cengage Learning. 157-163.

Link to the Prezi (edited for this public audience).

Flashreads are a fabulous way to experience dynamic responses to works – videos, art, thoughts, connections, writing, and teachings. Here is what IIS says about the flashreads.

Welcome to the discussion site for the Institute of (im)Possible Subjects public “flashreads.”
Join us by reading the text and submitting responses of writing, video, links, reblogs and images!
Submissions are moderated to assure relevance to the reading and posts will be published anonymously unless the submitter includes a name in the content of the submission.

Currently reading February 17 – 20, 2017, the Introduction to Mae Ngai’s “Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America.”

The PDF can be found here:  https://tinyurl.com/h7dfz5c

Previous reads archived on this site include Rolando Vazquez, “Translation as Erasure: Thoughts on Modernity’s Epistemic Violence” and Fred Moten and Stefano Harney’s “The Undercommons.”

Redefining Justice: Envisioning New Approaches to Anti-Trafficking Work


Freedom Network USA 15th Annual Conference, “Redefining Justice: Envisioning New Approaches to Anti-Trafficking Work”, April 5 – 6, 2017. 


Redefining Justice: Envisioning New Approaches in Anti-Trafficking Work,” the 15th Annual Freedom Network USA Human Trafficking Conference, will use a social justice lens to imagine what justice looks like in the anti-trafficking movement. To achieve justice is to talk about inequalities in our society and how injustices can create vulnerabilities to human trafficking and continue to disadvantage trafficking survivors. For the trafficked person, justice might look like the conviction of a trafficker, having access to various benefits, or the development of preventative efforts so that no one else experiences what they went through. What does justice look like to anti-traffickers? It might be through the criminal justice system, the civil legal system or restitution. It may be prevention or looking beyond the legal system or the development of new resources to protect survivors, victims, and potential victims. We look forward to exploring these issues during on April 5 -6, 2017 in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area. Registration opened on December 2016.

CEUs are offered. It will be in Washington DC, which is great if folks need to meet with OVC, DOJ, or other government partners. We also invite them to our conference and OVC sponsors the conference

The Initiative For Transformative Social Work presents “Historical and Ongoing Impact of Colonialism: PROMESA Law Video Dialogue”

The Initiative For Transformative Social Work presents “Historical and Ongoing Impact of Colonialism: PROMESA Law Video Dialogue”
Students with the Initiative for Transformative Social Work (ITSW) organized this video dialogue in October, 2016, to explore a highly contested issue among Puerto Ricans, Latinos, and people in the U.S.: the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA). Puerto Rico has been an unincorporated territory of the U.S. since 1917 and Puerto Ricans are the second largest Latino group in the United States. PROMESA grants a seven-member oversight board with the power to require balanced budgets and fiscal plans in Puerto Rico. The controversy of PROMESA has centered on what it can really promise and the kind of relationship it will solidify between the U.S. and Puerto Rico. This video dialogue provides insight into the history, protests, and challenging issues surrounding economic relations between the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
Meet the speakers for the series:
Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima, University of Utah
Federico de Jesus, FDJ Solutions
Dr. Gisela Negron Velazquez, Universidad de Puerto Rico
Denis Nelson, Author, War Against All Puerto Ricans
Ani Robles, Experiential Scholar, ITSW
To view the video, visit:


To learn more about ITSW in the College of Social Work at University of Utah, visit:



American Studies Association: Contested Visions of Home: Asian/American Diasporic Subjectivities in the Media


American Studies Association 2016

Contested Visions of Home: Asian/American Diasporic Subjectivities in the Media

Sat, November 19, 8:00 to 9:45am, HYATT REGENCY AT COLORADO CONVENTION CTR, Level 3, Mineral Hall G

Session Submission Type: Paper Session: Traditional Format


Asian/American subjectivities are deeply shaped by the concept of home. For some, home is a place of stability and safety. Yet for diasporic subjects whose identities are marked by movement and displacement, home can be rife with contestation and disruption. Asian/American understandings of home cannot be delinked from systemic racism, gender oppression, and modern colonialism. Moreover, the troubled relationships that Asian/Americans have had to citizenship can make it difficult to speak up, voice their struggles, or navigate the violence and upheaval that have defined their experiences of home.

In this panel, we examine the creation of home through an interdisciplinary exploration of media representations, looking at the way Asian/American visions of home are created and overturned within film, radio, journalism, and digital media. Through interrogating these representations of Asian/American bodies, voices, and experiences, we seek to answer the questions such as, what does home mean for Asian/Americans when the home may be the site of violence? How do different forms of media provide access to Asian/American expressions of home, and how are opportunities for resistance both revealed and obscured through these stories? As Asians cross geographies, notions of how they belong in a given moment are deeply shaped by violence and sociopolitical instabilities. Violence takes on many faces: domestic violence, human trafficking, exclusionary policies, and histories of military engagement. Within the stories of Asian/Americans in the diaspora, we seek to unravel the various contested meanings of home that prevail in spite of this violence, and in doing so, have come to define Asian/American politics, social dynamics, and history.

Annie Fukushima will open our panel with an exploration of the violence against Asian migrants who have been trafficked into domestic servitude, asking how the concept of debt can help us to better understand their struggles. Through an analysis of legal court records and media circulations, she posits a form of unsettled witnessing as key to understanding the way that these populations are rewriting their understanding of home. Terry Park then explores the figure of Walt Kowalski in Clint Eastwood’s film Gran Torino (2009), asking how his history as a Korean War veteran impacts the relationship he builds with his Hmong American neighbors. The way that Kowalski polices the borders of his white picket-fenced home can be read in conjunction with Trans-Pacific circulation of Korean War and Cold War security practices that shape our definition of “home” and “not home,” ultimately revealing what it would take to transform those boundaries. Finally, Lori Lopez will present her research on the way that Hmong American women are using audio media in new ways that can begin to counter their long histories of displacement and disruption. She argues that Hmong American women are using these different media platforms to broadcast their collective voices and facilitate conversations by using their own cultural heritage as a strength, and in doing so, can create a diasporic space of belonging.

The Praxis of Decolonial Feminism at NWSA

I had a wonderful time in Montreal. And, what an amazing flow of ideas, research, and practice. Our panel centralized the work of Dr. Maria Lugones to discuss witnessing, pedagogies, sound, and heartbreak. What a beautiful group of people to be thinking with.


The Praxis of Decolonial Feminism

Sat, Nov 12, 5:00 to 6:15pm, Palais des Congrès, 519B (LCD)

Session Submission Type: Panel

Panelists: Cindy Cruz (UCSC), Wanda Alarcon (UT, Austin), and Anna Rios-Rojas (Colgate)

Sub Unit

  • General Conference / SUBTHEME FIVE: World-Making and Resistant Imaginaries


Witnessing Homosocial Violence Through a Decolonial Praxis

This presentation examines a genealogy of legal events, from the Hornbuckle sisters, Adriana Delcid, Agni Lisa Brown, “Jackie” Roberts, to state and federal legislation, to examine witnessing homosocial violence. Drawing upon decolonial feminist Maria Lugones, I call for new forms of witnessing. This witnessing embraces Lugones concept of “faithful witnessing,” a witnessing against power that is on the side of resistance. Through Lugones, I call for a witnessing that embraces decolonial praxis where the witness inhabits the complex, is unsettled by what they are seeing, and challenges normative visions. This decolonial theory and practice of witnessing is an “unsettled witnessing.”

Presenter: Annie Isabel Fukushima

Insurgent Legacy of Evelyn Nakano Glenn 11/3/16

I am so honored to have been a part of this program 11/3/16. It was an honor to be able to share my work on witnessing, migration, and transnational economies. What a dynamic panel with Dr. Grace Chang and Linda Burnham. But really, it was a privilege to be able to show my dissertation chair how her work has influenced my thinking, work, and endeavors of praxis.
The Insurgent Legacy of Evelyn Nakano Glenn
Thursday, November 3, 2016
12pm – 5:30pm
Multicultural Community Center, MLK, Jr. Student Union
UC Berkeley
(Location is wheelchair accessible.)
After 43 years of transformative scholarship, Center for Race & Gender Founding Director, Prof. Evelyn Nakano Glenn, retired from her faculty position last spring. Prof. Nakano Glenn’s fearless writing, multifaceted approach to social justice research, and commitment to mentoring scholarly leaders across disciplines continue to impact scholars and activists around the globe.  This symposium will provide an opportunity to honor Prof. Nakano Glenn’s insurgent legacy and her influential impact on race and gender scholarship. Don’t miss it!
12:00-12:10 – Welcome
Associate Director Alisa Bierria, UC Berkeley & Dr. Hatem Bazian, UC Berkeley, Zaytuna College
12:10-12:15 – Assemblymember Tony Thurmond’s Office District Director Mary Nicely
12:15-12:30 – Opening Remarks
Prof. Paola Bacchetta, UC Berkeley
12:30 – 2:00 – Adventures in Intersectionality
Prof. Ula Taylor, UC Berkeley, moderator
Prof. Priya Kandaswamy, Mills College
Prof. Elsa Barkley Brown, University of Maryland
Prof. Sara Clarke Kaplan, UC San Diego
Prof. Margaret Rhee, University of Oregon
2:00 – 2:20 – Excerpt from the documentary film, The Ito Sisters
Antonia Grace Glenn, Actor, Writer, Filmmaker, and Scholar
2:20 – 2:45 – Break
2:45-3:45 – Radicalizing Care & Labor Justice
Prof. Charis Thompson, UC Berkeley, moderator
Linda Burnham, National Domestic Workers Alliance
Prof. Annie Fukushima, University of Utah
Prof. Grace Chang, UC Santa Barbara
3:45-5:15 – Education Justice & Insurgent Citizenship
Prof. Elaine Kim, UC Berkeley, moderator
Prof. Nelson Maldonado Torres, Rutgers University (via video)
Marco Flores, UC Berkeley
Dr. Kevin Escudero, Brown University
Prof. Rick Baldoz, Oberlin College
5:15 – 5:30 – Closing Remarks
Prof. Juana María Rodríguez, UC Berkeley
3:30 – 6:30 – Book Signing: Eastwind Books
Several of Evelyn Nakano Glenn’s publications will be on sale from Eastwind Books. Her publications include Issei, Nisei, War Bride: Three Generations of Japanese American Women in Domestic Service (Temple University Press), Mothering: Ideology, Experience and Agency (Routledge),  Unequal Freedom: How Race and Gender Shaped American Citizen and Labor (Harvard University Press) and Forced to Care: Coercion and Caregiving in America (Harvard University Press) and the edited volume Shades of Difference: Why Skin Color Matters (Stanford University Press).)
(Art by Micah Bazant)
Generously co-sponsored by Gender & Women’s Studies, Ethnic Studies, African American Studies, Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Department of Sociology, and the Multicultural Community Center

Historical and Ongoing Impact of Colonialism PROMESA Law Video Dialogue


Historical and Ongoing Impact of Colonialism PROMESA Law Video Dialogue

Thursday, October 13, 2016 2:00 pm MDT Live Video Streaming with Public Engagement

To join, RSVP to: itsw@utah.edu

Puerto Rico has been a unincorporated territory of the U.S. since 1917 and Puerto Ricans are the second largest Latino group in the United States. This video dialogue will discuss a highly contested issue among Puerto Ricans, Latinos and people in the U.S.: the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA). PROMESA grants a sevenmember oversight board with the power to require balanced budgets and fiscal plans in Puerto Rico. The controversy of PROMESA has centered on what it can really promise and the kind of relationship it will solidify between the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Join students with the Initiative for Transformative Social Work (ITSW) to learn about the history, protests, and challenging issues surrounding economic relations between the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

Panelists: Nelson Denis, author of War Against All Puerto Ricans, writer/director of Vote For Me!

Federico De Jesus, founder of FDJ Solutions

Dr. Gisela Negron Velazquez, director of the Universidad de Puerto Rico Social Work Dept

Download event flyer here: promesa

Hear from Ani Robles, one of the Experiential Scholars, conveying the importance of the event:

Three hires in the New School For Cultural & Social Transformation at University of Utah: Pacific Island Studies, American Indian Studies & African American Studies

Position in Pacific Island Studies,

University of Utah The University of Utah School for Cultural and Social Transformation, home to the Divisions of Ethnic and Gender Studies, invites applications for an open rank position in Pacific Island Studies. Tenure will be held in the School in either or both Divisions in consultation with the successful candidate. Applicants are encouraged to apply who engage in interdisciplinary or discipline-based research, feminist and/or gender studies, historical, or contemporary dimensions of the Pacific Islands/ Oceania Studies and diaspora. The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate a strong commitment to research and teaching. The University of Utah values candidates who will contribute to a vibrant scholarly climate. For more details please see: https://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/56573 A PhD., MFA or other terminal degree is required by the moment of hire, July 1, 2017. Submit letter of application; curriculum vitae; publication sample; and names and contact information of three references. The position will remain open until filled. For full consideration, submit materials by October 15, 2016. For queries contact: Dr. Wanda Pillow wanda.pillow@utah.edu

Position in American Indian Studies,

University of Utah The Division of Ethnic Studies at the University of Utah invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor or tenured open rank professor of American Indian Studies, beginning Fall 2017. Ethnic Studies seeks a candidate from a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the University of Utah’s academic community. Ethnic Studies at the University of Utah, founded in 1976, is an interdisciplinary unit housed in the newly established School for Cultural and Social Transformation. Current job searches in the School include African American Studies and a Pacific Islander Studies joint-appointment with Gender Studies. For more details see http://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/57364. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2016. Applications received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled. Please submit (1) a cover letter, (2) an updated curriculum vitae, (3) a sample of scholarly or creative work, not to exceed 40 pages, (4) and a list of three references. PhD, MFA, or other terminal degree in related field is required by start date. Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Lourdes Alberto (Lourdes.alberto@utah.edu). The University of Utah is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educator. Minorities, women, veterans, and those with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified veterans. Reasonable disability accommodations will be provided with adequate notice. For additional information about the University’s commitment to equal opportunity and access see: http://www.utah.edu/nondiscrimination/. The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Position in African American Studies,

University of Utah The Division of Ethnic Studies at the University of Utah invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor or tenured open rank professor of African American studies, beginning Fall 2017. Ethnic Studies seeks a candidate from a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the University of Utah’s academic community. Preferred candidates will be engaged in Black sexualities and/or gender studies and other related fields of research on the African American experience. Tenure will reside in the Division of Ethnic Studies with potential for a joint appointment in the Division of Gender Studies. Ethnic Studies at the University of Utah, founded in 1976, is an interdisciplinary unit housed in the newly established School for Cultural and Social Transformation. Current job searches in the School include American Indian Studies and a Pacific Islander Studies joint-appointment with Gender Studies. For more details please see: http://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/57369. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2016. Applications received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled. Please submit (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) samples of scholarly or creative work, not to exceed 40 pages, (4) and a list of three references. PhD, MFA, or other terminal degree in related field is required by start date. Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Wilfred Samuels (wilfred.samuels@utah.edu). The University of Utah is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educator. Minorities, women, veterans, and those with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified veterans. Reasonable disability accommodations will be provided with adequate notice. For additional information about the University’s commitment to equal opportunity and access see: http://www.utah.edu/nondiscrimination/. The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.


At the Intersection: Domestic Violence & Human Trafficking

25th Annual Domestic Violence Conference

Moving Forward Together: 25 Years of Resilience


At the Intersection: Domestic Violence & Human Trafficking (Part 1 & Part 2)
This session offers theoretical and practical framings of how domestic violence and human trafficking intersect. The session facilitators will offer definitions, indicators, and case examples for how domestic violence and human trafficking intersect. The session will grapple with case examples regarding how someone sex trafficked into sexual economies and intimate partnership is deeply defined by power and control. The facilitators will disentangle when domestic servitude, an example of labor trafficking, intersects with domestic violence and demystify the assumptions surrounding human trafficking. Practical tools will be offered for service providers and advocates through theory and practices that center on a human rights and trauma-informed care approach to identify, serve and work in partnership to address human trafficking and intimate partner violence in our community. This is Part 2 of a 2 part presentation – attendance at both sessions is advised.

9AM – 12:15PM



The Insurgent Legacy of Evelyn Nakano Glenn

The Insurgent Legacy of Evelyn Nakano Glenn

11/03/2016 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Multicultural Community Center, MLK Student Union Building, UC Berkeley


Save the Date:
The Insurgent Legacy of Evelyn Nakano Glenn
Thursday, November 3, 2016
12pm – 5:30pm
Multicultural Community Center, MLK, Jr. Student Union
UC Berkeley
(Location is wheelchair accessible.)
After 43 years of transformative scholarship, Center for Race & Gender Founding Director, Prof. Evelyn Nakano Glenn, retired from her faculty position last spring. Prof. Nakano Glenn’s fearless writing, multifaceted approach to social justice research, and commitment to mentoring scholarly leaders across disciplines continue to impact scholars and activists around the globe.  This symposium will provide an opportunity to honor Prof. Nakano Glenn’s insurgent legacy and her influential impact on race and gender scholarship. Don’t miss it!
Education Justice & Insurgent Citizenships
Adventures in Intersectionality
Radicalizing Care & Labor Justice
Paola Bacchetta, UC Berkeley
Elsa Barkley Brown, University of Maryland
Linda Burnham, National Domestic Workers Alliance
Grace Chang, UC Santa Barbara
Kevin Escudero, Brown University
Marco Flores, UC Berkeley
Annie Fukushima, University of Utah
Priya Kandaswamy, Mills College
Elaine Kim, UC Berkeley
Nelson Maldonado-Torres, Rutgers University
Cecilia Menjivar, University of Kansas
Margaret Rhee, University of Oregon
Juana María Rodríguez, UC Berkeley
Ula Taylor, UC Berkeley
Charis Thompson, UC Berkeley
Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, Colby College
(Art by Micah Bazant)

Special Issue: Mobilizing Vulnerability: new Directions in Transnational Feminist Studies and Human Rights

I am thrilled to announce the article I published with Feminist Formations, “An American Haunting: Unsettling Witnessing in Transnational Migration, the Ghost Case and Human Trafficking” is available to read. The special issue, “Mobilizing Vulnerability: New Directions in Transnational Feminist Studies and Human Rights” was co-edited by Wendy S. Hesford and Rachel A. Lewis. It features the works of Katie E. Oliviero, Heather Switzer, Emily Bent, Crystal Leigh Endsley, Leifa Mayers, Jane Juffer, Amy Shuman, Carol Bohmer, Alexandra Schultheis Moore, Sylvanna M. Falcon, and Rachel A. Lewis.

Volume 28, Issue 1, Spring 2016

Table of Contents

Special Issue: Mobilizing Vulnerability: New Directions in Transnational Feminist Studies and Human Rights


Mobilizing Vulnerability: New Directions in Transnational Feminist Studies and Human Rights

pp. vii-xviii


Vulnerability’s Ambivalent Political Life: Trayvon Martin and the Racialized and Gendered Politics of Protection

pp. 1-32

Precarious Politics and Girl Effects: Exploring the Limits of the Girl Gone Global

pp. 33-59

The “Orphan” Child: Politics of Vulnerability and Circuits of Precarity

pp. 60-85


Arte de Lágrimas

pp. 86-93

Can the Children Speak?: Precarious Subjects at the US-Mexico Border

pp. 94-120

The Uncomfortable Meeting Grounds of Different Vulnerabilities: Disability and the Political Asylum Process

pp. 121-145

An American Haunting: Unsettling Witnessing in Transnational Migration, the Ghost Case, and Human Trafficking

pp. 146-165

“Dispossession within the Law”: Human Rights and the Ec-Static Subject in M. NourbeSe Philip’s Zong!

pp. 166-189

The Particularism of Human Rights for Latin American Women of African Descent

pp. 190-204

Queering Vulnerability: Visualizing Black Lesbian Desire in Post-Apartheid South Africa

pp. 205-232

Fall 2016: Initiative for Transformative Social Work Bootcamp

I recently stepped into the position as the Director for the Initiative for Transformative Social Work (website content coming soon, this role is a three year term 2016 – 2019). To kick of the 2016 year, I have organized The College of Social Work’s Initiative for Transformative Social Work (ITSW) inaugural ITSW Bootcamp next week.  The goal of this Bootcamp is to bring together a critical community of social workers for a collective investment in social justice visions and practice. 

Join the ITSW experiential scholars for this free, two-day workshop (August 3 – 4, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm).  Please find additional details in the flyer below.  Please RSVP by this Sunday, July 31st to Dr. Annie Fukushima, director of ITSW, at a[dot]fukushima@utah[dot]edu.
ITSW Bootcamp - Aug 2016

Secretary Treasurer for the Human Rights Section with the American Sociological Association

I am pleased to announce that I will be the Secretary Treasurer for the Human Rights Section with the American Sociological Association (Beginning August 2016). Pleased to join the leadership of ASA Human Rights Section.
  • Chair Elect Kiyoter Tsutsui, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Secretary Treasurer: Annie Fukushima, University of Utah
  • Council Members: Elizabeth Boyle, University of Minnesota; Robin Stryker, University of Arizona
  • Grad Student Representative: Vivian Shaw

Victimization, Human Trafficking and Immigrants

LSA Panel – Sat, 6/4  4:45 PM – 6:30 PM– NOLA Marriott, Galerie 3 (2nd floor) –

“Victimization, Human Trafficking and Immigrants: Mixed Methods analysis of the Perceptions of Victimhood in U.S. Courts, 2000 – 2015” – it’s a project that I am working on with Dr. Paul Baodong Liu.

Other session presenters: Edi Kinney (SFSU), Amy Cohen (OSU), Corey Shdaimah (University of Maryland), Rashmee Singh (University of Waterloo)

Law & Society Association, June 2 – 5, 2016.

New Orleans Marriott


2016 Student Global Health Initiative Conference Program



8:00am – 8:30am


8:30am – 8:40am


Michael Hardman PhD

Chief Global OfficerUniversity of Utah

8:40am – 9:25am

Keynote Address:Health Beyond Borders

Eduardo Banzon, MD

Senior Health SpecialistAsian Development Bank

9:25am – 9:55am

Local Refugee Community Leaders: Refugees Promoting Wellness

Gyanu DulalHajie GollValentine MukundenteAntoinette UwanyiugiraMODERATOR: Grant Sunada

Bhutanese CommunityLiberian CommunityBest of Africa LeaderCongolese CommunityMPH, Doctoral Student

10:00am – 10:15am


10:15am – 10:45am

Plenary 1:Human Trafficking & Immigration: Witnessing (De) Valued Subjects in a Post 9-11 Era

Annie Fukushima, PhD

Asst Professor, College of Social WorkUniversity of Utah

10:45am – 11:15am

Plenary 2:Where Respect and Pragmatism Intersect: Empowerment, Markets, and Refugee Camps

Dominic Montagu, PhD

UC San Francisco

11:15am – 11:45am

Student Research Panel

11:45am – 1:00pm

Lunch with Mentors/Student Poster Mingle

Ask the Expert: Global and Refugee Health





HSEB 2938

HSEB 2948

HSEB 2958

1:00pm – 1:45pm

Keri Gibson, MD OB/GYN

Mara Rabin, MD Medical Director, UHHR

Dominic Montagu, PhDUC San Francisco

“Culturally Competent Care for the Ob/Gyn Patient: Implications of FGM on Women’s Health”

Speaking the unspeakable: Important health considerations in the care of torture survivors

Private Healthcare in Developing Countries: Why, Where and For Whom

1:55pm – 2:40pm

Amelia Self, MSWUT State Health Department, Refugee ResettlementJi won ChangBioinformatics Data AnalystU of U Dept of Epidiology

Debra Penney, PhD , CNM, MPH, MSU of U College of Nursing

Melissa Moeinvaziri, MScU of U Law Student

Refugee Resettlement: Overview of Utah State Refugee Policy

Dealing with Difference in the Health Encounter: Muslim Encounters

Asylum, Deportation, and Human Rights: Intersections of law and health in the refugee context

2:50pm – 3:35pm

Amelia Self, MSWUT State Health Department Refugee Resettlement

Eduardo Banzon, MDSenior Health SpecialistAsian Development Bank

Local Refugee Community Leaders

Mental Health of refugees

Pursuing Universal Health Coverage in Asia and the Pacific

Refugees Promoting Wellness

3:40pm – 4:30pm

Final words, mixer, ice cream

Freedom Network USA 2016 Conference

Bridging the Gap: Building a Movement through Partnership, Prevention, Protection, and Prosecution

Palmer House, Illinois, Chicago
April 4-5, 2016

Human trafficking is a complex issue that impacts millions of individuals, families, and communities globally. Yet too often it is discussed as a solitary phenomenon without taking into consideration the multiple factors that create vulnerability or the composite response necessary to successfully address the needs of victims and survivors. This year’s conference embraces intersectionality: a framework that examines overlapping oppressions.

The Freedom Network’s 14th annual conference, Bridging the Gap: Building a Movement through Partnership, Prevention, Protection, and Prosecution, seeks to embrace this complexity and forge partnerships—taking trafficking out of its silo to explore its root causes and best practice interventions. We welcome current (and future!) anti-trafficking stakeholders to join us as we endeavor to better understand human trafficking as it intersects with a variety of systems, institutions and social concerns.

Register Today

Conference Details


Featured Speakers include: Survivors of Human Trafficking and Office for Victim of Crime Consultants; Attorneys of Immigrant, Worker, and Victim Rights; Representatives of Law Enforcement and Government Agencies; Medical Professionals; the Freedom Network Members, comprising of Advocates, Attorneys, Professors, Social Workers, and Experts working on Human Trafficking. Hear from 60+ different anti-trafficking experts, attend plenaries, panels and workshops, network with our members, and join the movement.

Conference Workshop Themes

  • Human Rights
  • Praxis and Research
  • Case studies of Individuals & Groups
  • Child Welfare
  • Culture & Difference
  • Disabilities & Human Trafficking
  • Domestic Violence  & Human Trafficking
  • The Drug Industry
  • Federal Overview and perspectives in Anti-Trafficking Endeavors
  • Freedom Network Training Institute
  • Legal and social perceptions of fraud
  • Healthcare responses
  • Housing First
  • Intervention courts
  • Investigation & Prosecution
  • Labor/Worker Rights & Labor Trafficking
  • Laws & Policy
  • Media Representation, Messaging, & Misinformation
  • Task Forces & Collaboration
  • Transgender People’s Experiences
  • Victim Compensation
  • Past, Present, and Future Directions of the Anti-Trafficking Movement: Reflections with the Freedom Network Founders and Survivors of Human Trafficking

Award Ceremony

We invite all conference attendees to join us for our Paul and Sheila Wellstone Award Ceremony on April 4th at 6:30PM.
For updates on the Program, visit: http://freedomnetworkusa.org/news-events/annual-conference/

Contact the Co-Chairs Annie Isabel Fukushima and Megan Mahoney or our National Coordinator, Melinda Smith  at conference@freedomnetworkusa.org

“At Risk Youth: Pathways to Delinquency and Sex Trafficking”

The Social Justice Student Initiative at the S.J. Quinney College of Law human trafficking symposium, “At Risk Youth: Pathways to Delinquency and Sex Trafficking”, on February 19, 2016. The Social Justice Student Initiative has partnered with the Global Law Center to host an event that will focus on bringing to light the harsh reality of at-risk, runaway, and homeless youth who are recruited, forced, and coerced into sex trafficking.
For further information, a detailed list of workshop descriptions, and to register for the symposium, click here. Please RSVP by February 15, 2016. If you have questions, contact at SJSI@law.utah.edu.  
This event is 4.5 hours CLE (pending).
Social Justice Student Initiative 
Breakfast and Registration
Opening AddressTim Ballard, Founder and CEO, Operation Underground Railroad
Workshop A: Hot Topics: Ending Demand & Eliminating Criminalization of Minor Victims, Flip Sides of the Same Coin: Rachel Harper, Esq., Policy Counsel, Shared Hope International
Workshop B: Combatting Online Sexual Exploitation of Trafficked Children: Jennifer Fischer, Elizabeth Green, and Dustin Grant, FBI Special Agents
Workshop CHuman Trafficking — An Important Public Health Care Concern for the Youth of our State and NationDr. Kathy Franchek-Roa MD,  Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Utah School of Medicine
Workshop DIssues Faced by Trafficking Victims in the Juvenile Justice System: Pamela Vickery, Executive Director, Utah Juvenile Defender Attorneys
Keynote Address: Faces and Shadows of Juvenile Sex Trafficking – Taking our Nation’s TemperatureRachel Harper, Esq., Policy Counsel, Shared Hope International
Workshop E: How Cultural Norms Contribute to Vulnerability & Predatory Behavior: Fernando Rivero, MPH, EMT-P, Captain, Unified Fire Authority
Workshop F: Disrupting Black & White Visions: Human Trafficking, Race, and Difference: Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Ethnic Studies Program, College of Social Work at the University of Utah
Closing Reception

Anti-Violence Iconographies of the Cage

My article published with Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies is now available! Thank you to Institute for Research on Women, Nicole Fleetwood and Sarah Tobias, among other wonderful colleagues who offered this article feedback. I also want to say it’s amazing to be in a special issue with some very amazing people: Karen Leong, Robertta Chevrette, Ann Hibner Koblitz,Karen Kuo, Heather Switzer, Maylei Blackwell, Laura Briggs, MignonetteMinnie Chiu, Debjani Chakravarty, David Rubin, Hokulani Aikau, Maile Arvin, Mishuana Goeman, Scott Morgensen, Sonia Hernandez, & Anna Guevarra.

Full list of the special issue here:https://www.jstor.org/stab…/10.5250/fronjwomestud.36.issue-3

“Anti-Violence Iconographies of the Cage: Diasporan Crossings and the (Un)Tethering of Subjectivities” in Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies Volume 36, Number 3.

Project MUSE http://bit.ly/1mCbAkW

JSTOR http://bit.ly/1ZNPGsZ

Technology, Surveillance, and Transnational Trafficking: Securing the Nation Through Narratives of (In)security

Thank you for everyone who joined me at my presentation at the American Studies Association 2015 conference, The (Re)production of Misery and the Ways of Resistance, October 8-11, 2015, Toronto, Canada

Sat, October 10, 10:00 to 11:45am, Sheraton Centre, Chestnut West

Fukushima Abstract

“Technology, Surveillance, and Transnational Trafficking: Securing the Nation Through Narratives of (In)security” by Annie Isabel Fukushima

Technology impacts transnational economies and technocultures, Anne Balsamo’s concept of how culture shapes technology and vice versa (that the two are not in opposition). For the transnational migrant crossing U.S. borders, he/she is impacted by the innovations in technology. Technology shapes mobile subjects. What is the role of technology in human rights endeavors? In 2011, Google gave $10.5 million to anti-trafficking organizations, suggesting that in a post-9-11 era, the relationship between technology and anti-violence efforts is an important area to be further investigated where the implications are human, political and social. Technology is central aspect in human rights endeavors, in particular, in anti-trafficking efforts, including wiretapping as a form of surveillance for prosecutorial purposes, media circulated public service announcements as a form of prevention and outreach, and online forms and data collection to better serve victims, However, insecurities are also sustained for the vulnerable migrant who is constructed by dualities of victim/criminal, illegal/legal, and citizen/noncitizen. As national borders are militarized furthering the belief that the world is a dangerous place, transnational migrants trafficked in the U.S. are also shaped by discourses of (in)security. How are the discourse and practices surrounding technology and human rights shaped by notions of (in)security? The technologies range from technologies of mobilizing a human rights agenda through apps to surveillance of Asian massage parlors. I focus on a particular transnational subject: transnational Asian migrants constituted as trafficked in the United States. Through examining legal court records and media discussions surrounding technology and violence, I address the (in)securities reproduced through nationalist narratives of misery in the form of human trafficking. As anti-trafficking discourse and the reproduction of (in)security is furthered, new relations and subjectivities are also forged through and shaped by technology innovations and implementations to address violence and human trafficking. Take for example the use of technologies to control the U.S. borders, where migrant crossings are seen as victims to be rescued and criminals to be deported. And diasporic subjects are positioned as naturalizing settler narratives – migrants as deportable and foreign or victims on a path to citizenship who are to be rescued and restored. In this paper I will discuss the role of technology in human rights efforts as a central aspect of furthering notions of (in)security. Therefore, to reposition how one witnesses notions of rights and (in)security, I call for an unsettling witnessing of transnational subjects.

Here is the title and description of the panel. My wonderful co-panelists were Ayano Ginoza and Crystal Baik, moderated by Ju Hui Judy Han:

Contesting Inter/national Militarized Security in the “Asia Pacific” and Imagining An Otherwise


In this proposed panel, participants address the “Asia Pacific” in relationship to the intersecting histories of U.S. and Japanese militarized imperialisms— enmeshed (neo)colonial dynamics that scholars, including Naoki Sakai, Setsu Shigematsu, and Keith Camacho, refer to as the enduring “transpacific alliance.” Mobilizing the “Asia Pacific” as an analytic and a politics of knowledge rather than a fixed geographical region, panelists engage with a spectrum of transnational sites and spaces acutely impacted by Japanese and U.S. empire building projects sustained by militarisms in Korea and the Korean DMZ (Baik), the continental United States (Fukushima), and Okinawa and Japan (Ginoza).

Paying attention to the production of “disposable” subjects living on the fringes of national citizenship and heteronormative life, this panel explores a central conundrum: the ways in which neocolonial regimes (including but not limited to the United States) conceptualize misery, violence, and surveillance as central to and necessary for the contemporary projects of global humanitarianism, inter/national safety, and democratic freedom. Examining these interconnected spaces and sites as nodes located within an extensive militarized geography, this panel is particularly interested in the oppositional logics that guide and undergird the biopolitical project of inter/national security— necessity/expendability, paradise/militarism, legality/illegality. Yet, even as they examine the serious material consequences and ontological conditions associated with militarized imperialism, panelists also engage with local ways of resistance, emergent forms of affinity politics, and alliance building— ranging from cultural production to disidentification practices and transformative methods of witnessing—that have crystallized among militarized subjects. As discussed within the panel, such practices do not merely trouble or challenge militarized imperial logics. Rather, they labor toward a new understanding of “security” de-linked from nationalist and militarized sentiments, and consider the radical possibilities of demilitarization and decolonization.

The Essential Abolitionist

Please support the Essential Abolitionist by John Vanek,


The individuals who have offered to contribute to The Essential Abolitionist represent a wealth of knowledge in the fight against human trafficking, and bring years of experience in the investigation of trafficking incidents, serving victims, task force operations, research, and other topics.
* Jon Daggy, Detective Sergeant, Indianapolis Metro Police Depart., Human Trafficking Vice Unit
*Melissa Farley, PhD., Executive Dir. Prostitution Research & Education
*Susan French, Anti-Trafficking Consultant, (Former Federal Prosecutor)
*Annie Fukushima, PhD., Assistant Professor, University of Utah
*Benjamin Greer, Anti-Trafficking Consultant, Attorney
*Cindy Liou, Anti-Trafficking Consultant, Attorney, (Formerly with Asian/Pacific Islander Legal Outreach)
*Derek Marsh, Anti-Trafficking Consultant, Deputy Chief (Ret.) Westminster, CA Police
*Shamere McKenzie, CEO, Sun-Gate.org, Trafficking Survivor
*Sandra Morgan, PhD., Vanguard University
*Lynett Parker, Supervising Staff Attorney, K&G Alexander Community Law Center
*Stephanie Richard, Policy & Legal Services Director, Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST)
*Mark Wexler, Executive Director, Not For Sale Campaign
*Kiricka Yarbough-Smith, Chair, North Carolina Coalition Against Human Trafficking
*Polaris Project, home of the National Human Trafficking Resource Center and the National Human Trafficking Hotline

“‘The Jammed’: Representational Politics and Racialized Narratives of the Trafficked Asian Diaspora.”

Just found out that my article that appears in the anthology edited by Kuilan Liu and Elaine Kim is available for purchase. My article,“‘The Jammed’: Representational Politics and Racialized Narratives of the Trafficked Asian Diaspora” examines a drama film, The Jammed, directed by Dee McLachlan. It is a chapter in the anthology Changing Boundaries and Reshaping Itineraries in Asian American Literary Studies (November 2014) edited by Kuilan Liu and Elaine Kim (Website says Kuilan Liu and Jin Huijing). To purchase a copy of the book, visit Nankai University Press, Click Purchase.

Here are the other folks featured in the anthology:

Changing Boundaries and Reshaping Itineraries in Asian American Literary Studies

Part I: Reading Asian American Literature in New Frames

1. Toward a Bifocal View of Chinese American Literature

ZHAO Wenshu

2. Understanding the Ethnic and Universal Dimensions of Asian American Literature

LIU Kuilan

3. Commentary on Transnational Asian American Studies

Elaine Kim

Part II: Beyond Borders of Nation and Race

4. Asian American Realism and the Literature of Globalization: The Local and the Global in Jhumpa

Lahiri and Yiyun Li

Mark Chiang

5. Where Is Gary Locke in Chinese American Literature? Critiquing Chinese American Literary


PAN Zhiming

6. Amitav Ghosh’s Sea of Poppies: Individual Identity and the Imagined Nation

Stephanie Han

7. Debt, the Shifting Grammar of Life, and Manjula Padmanabhan’s Harvest

Jodi Kim

8. “The Jammed”: Representational Politics and Racialized Narratives of the Trafficked Asian Diaspora

Annie Isabel Fukushima

9. Re-presenting the Global Filipino: The Story and Songs of Apl de Ap

Ethel Regis Lu

10. Orientalism, Genre, and Transnational Korean/American Stars

Jane Park

Part III: Memories of War/Wars of Memory

11. On the Edges of Consciousness: Figuring Time in Joy Kogawa’s Obasan

Sunn Shelley Wong

12. Border-Crossing in the World Republic of Letters: South Korean and Korean American

Rearguard Fictions of the Korean War

Christine Hong

13. Writing in the Dark: Memory, Memoirs and Re-Membering After Genocide

Khartarya Um

Part IV: Ideas of Home and Family

14. Memories Without Borders, Borders Without Memories

Luis H. Francia

15. A Foreigner at Home: The Politics of Home in Francie Lin’s The Foreigner

Iping Liang

16. Family: The Site of Repression, Resistance, Empowerment, and Formation of Female Subjecthood


17. Transgenerational Trauma in Fae Myenne Ng’s Bone

XUE Yufeng


Gender & Precarity

Please view the video of an Institute of Impossible Subjects dialogue on gender and precarity.

Sunday, March 8 at 4 p.m. EST in light of International Women’s Day, IIS hosted a conversation on Gender and Precarity.


Our facebook page with details for the event is at:

And the readings are posted on our tumblr site:

Multimedio Feb. 16 & 18

I feel so privileged to have witnessed an amazing multimedio.

Alanna Lockward was the facilitator.

It was an event that represented important border crossing. A recentering of decolonial actions through a dialogue that was intentional and moving. It made me think about how the U.S. portrays Haiti-Dominican Republic relations in ways that focus on the legacies of trauma and violence, as though it is delinked from U.S. imperialisms and colonization. The multimedio grappled with the killing abstraction of racism that has real implications – dividing people through the circulation of dominant narratives.  How does one walk across the multiple borders that are reified in categories reinscribed on the body, the land, and in the mind – and dualities of legal/illegal, us/them, citizen/noncitizen, victim/criminal, and human/nonhuman. Where are the possibilities of healing? This multi-medio inspired through reading, listening, speaking, and being together, the decolonial maneuvers of reaching out, to be together, even in times when narratives of violence and difference (i.e., the circulation of the lynching of a Haitian man), continue to hold the center. The multimedio was a intervening in these divides – a desire to come together, alliance, and the speaking to what resonates across boundaries.

An important part of the multimedio is a collective reading of a fragment of Jacques Viau Renaud’s epic poem “Permanencia del llanto” (The Permanence of Weeping). The idea is to document this collective reading of people in both parts of the island and elsewhere, in Spanish, French and English.

Monday February 16 @ 11 am, Saint-Domingue time / 5 pm Europe time
Wednesday February 18 @ 11 am, Saint Domingue time / 5 pm Europe time


New Tenure Track Position with University of Utah

Dear friends, I am happy to announce that I have accepted an offer for a tenure track position as an Assistant Professor with University of Utah Ethnic Studies Program and the The University of Utah College of Social Work. I have thoroughly enjoyed being with Institute for Research on Women – Rutgers University and the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, Rutgers University. The mentorship, support, and opportunities that I have experienced here as a Mellon Fellow has been life changing. My intellectual work, growth, and personhood have been radically changed in this Rutgers space. Although it’s sad to leave New Jersey, I am very much excited about what is in store for me. Please like the programs on Facebook and connect with me if you are interested in collaborating.


Panel 1, “Crossings,” Center for Race & Ethnicity

Today I had the great pleasure of being on a panel with Dr. Walter Rucker, “Gold Coast Diasporas: Identity, Culture, and Power” and Dr. Bayo Holsey, “Tyranny of Freedom: Race, Power, and the Fictions of Late Capitalism.” I shared my manuscript in progress, Migrant Crossings: Unsettling Witnessing of Asian and Latinas/os in the United States. Powerful work was shared during our panel discussion titled, “Crossings.” This event was hosted by the Center for Race and Ethnicity as the 9th Faculty Forum on Race and Ethnicity. Dr. Ann Fabian offered great questions and contextualization for our diverse and intersecting works.

Our panel was followed by discussions on “American Inequalities” and panel presentations from Dr. Lisa L. Miller, Dr. Lauren Krivo, and Dr. Dweston Haywood; a discussion facilitated by Dr. Naa Oyo Kwate.

Thank you Mia Kissil for organizing the event.

More about the Center for Race and Ethnicity at Rutgers may be found here.

Feminist Pedagogies: Graduate Course, Spring 2015

PDF of Flyer: FeministPedagogies

Department of Women’s and Gender Studies



Tuesdays 2, 3
10:55 to 1:55 Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Bldg. 011

Feminist Pedagogies encompass epistemology, theory and practice surrounding feminist teaching and learning. Feminist pedagogies develop an understanding about knowledge production surrounding gender, sexuality, race, class, and nation.   In this graduate course, students will grapple with model feminist pedagogies in the classroom and the challenges instructors and professors navigate when discussing “difficult matters.” This class will engage with issues of power and authority, care, community in the classroom, as well as performance, resistance, difference, and dangerous memories. Our course will also include an applied aspect and will provide a platform for graduate students to receive peer and faculty feedback on feminist teaching with regards to facilitating class, structuring a syllabus, and teaching portfolios. This course is highly recommended for students who have teaching experience or who are teaching during spring semester 2015.

Rethinking Asia-Pivot

I am very excited about the international symposium, international webinar, film screenings, and digital display I am organizing with my colleagues at Rutgers (Kayo Denda and Suzy Kim).

I forgot how much fun I have designing/laying out and coordinating events.

I have created the website: http://rethinkingasiapivot.com/ 

I designed the poster using Kakyoung Lee’s work (courtesy of the artist and RYAN LEE Gallery)

And I also designed the postcards

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Asians in the Americas, October 1-3, 2014

Join me for the 2014 Asians in the Americas annual symposium, October 1 – 3, 2014.

To view information for the entire conference visit: https://sites.google.com/site/asiansintheamericas2014/program

I will be moderating the “Comparative Ethnic Studies” Panel. Join me for what will be an exciting conversation.


Moderator: Annie Fukushima (Rutgers University-New Brunswick)

Julia H. Lee (University of California, Irvine)
Transnational Anna (intersection of Asian American subject formation and U.S. histories of empire in Asia in the figure and writings of Anna Chennault)
Kavitha Ramsamy (Rutgers University-New Brunswick)
Anti-Asianism in the United States: The ‘Dotbuster’ Attacks of the 1980s in Jersey City
K. Kale Yu (Nyack College)
Outside of Evangelical Mainstream: Jeremy Lin and Asian American Evangelicalism
Sayu Bhojwani (Rutgers University-New Brunswick) South Asian Panethnicity: Resonant Identity and Organizing Tool

December 4th: Rethinking the Asia “Pivot”

Save the date and follow this website. I am organizing with faculty at Rutgers a symposium that takes place on December 4th.

Rethinking the Asia “Pivot”: Challenging Everyday Militarisms & Bridging
Communities of Women
December 4th, 2014
Alexander Library, 4th Floor
Rutgers University, New Brunswick

An international symposium with a digital exhibit, international webinar, drumming, and speakers

Time/Space: Histories & Technologies of Militarism
Kornel Chang, Annie Isabel Fukushima, Chie Ikeya, Moderated by Suzy Kim

Visuality/Narrativity: Representations of Everyday Militarism
Dalida Maria Benfield, Michelle Dizon, Jane Jin Kaisen, Kakyoung Lee, Tammy Ko Robinson, moderated by Theodore Hughes

Strategy/Policy: Organizing against Militarism & Violence
Kozue Akibayashi, Zaire Dinzey-Flores, Ko Youkyoung, Suzuyo Takazato, moderated by Gloria Bachmann

Keynote Speaker, Cynthia Enloe, Ph.D., author of Bananas, Beaches and Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics (2000), Maneuvers: The International Politics of Militarizing Women’s Lives (2004), The Curious Feminist: Searching for Women in The New Age of Empire (2004) and Globalization and Militarism: Feminists Make the Link (2007).

And an event preceding the symposium on November 25, International Webinar featuring Kozue Akibayashi (Japan), Corazon Fabros (Philippines), Lisa Natividad (Guam), Suzuyo Takazato (Okinawa), and Sunghee Choi (South Korea). Details coming soon.


Race and Racism in the United States: An Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic



Race and Racism in the United States:  An Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic edited by Charles Gallagher and Cameron Lippard is now available for purchase. I wrote the bundle on “Intimate Relations”, covering a range of issues including anti-miscegenation laws, mixed race/ethnicity intimate relations, domestic violence, and LGBT communities. This encyclopedia holds a wide range of resources/information, that every library and educational institution should have.

There is also an e-book available; you may call the publisher to inquire about this.

Weblink: http://www.abc-clio.com/product.aspx?id=2147547826

Description from the publishers:

In the 21st century, it is easy for some students and readers to believe that racism is a thing of the past; in reality, old wounds have yet to heal, and new forms of racism are taking shape. Racism has played a role in American society since the founding of the nation, in spite of the words “all men are created equal” within the Declaration of Independence. This set is the largest and most complete of its kind, covering every facet of race relations in the United States while providing information in a user-friendly format that allows easy cross-referencing of related topics for efficient research and learning.

The work serves as an accessible tool for high school researchers, provides important material for undergraduate students enrolled in a variety of humanities and social sciences courses, and is an outstanding ready reference for race scholars. The entries provide readers with comprehensive content supplemented by historical backgrounds, relevant examples from primary documents, and first-hand accounts. Information is presented to interest and appeal to readers but also to support critical inquiry and understanding. A fourth volume of related primary documents supplies additional reading and resources for research.


Roundtable: Teaching Militarism, Demilitarizing the Classroom

April 4, 2014 9AM – 10:30AM, CPM 102, Mills College, National Association for Ethnic Studies, http://ethnicstudies.org/

Annie Isabel Fukushima, Rutgers University
Rebekah Garrison, University of Southern California
Ayano Ginoza, University of California, Los Angeles
Gwyn Kirk, Sonoma State University

Our workshop provides a critical pedagogical space to think about teaching about militarism in colleges. The workshop engages participants to theorize and share models that are implemented in classrooms to engage college students in critical analysis, activist partnership and accountability for militarism and military violence. Our research, teaching, and methods are informed by our collective engagement with the International Women’s Network Against Militarism that presently includes scholars, activists, and students from the Guam, Hawai‘i, Japan, Korea, Vieques, Philippines, Puerto Rico, and the U.S.  We address: what challenges, opportunities, and assumptions occur through teaching demilitarization? What epistemologies and discourses shape student and teacher perceptions of milit arism? Reading materials, films, visual imagery, social media, performance, creative works, supplemental handouts, assignment samples, sample syllabi, and scholarly texts will be introduced and discussed.

Research Briefing: Fukushima Talk at Rutgers University, March 24, 2014

The presentation will provide a larger snapshot of my research and also include developments of a chapter in my manuscript that specifically examines Korean case studies that have been defined as human trafficking.

Human Trafficking Reconsidered – Publication

Sociologists Kimberly Kay Hoang and Rhacel Salazar Parrenas are the co-editors of an anthology titled, Human Trafficking Reconsidered: Rethinking the Problem, Envision New Solutions. The anthology brings together a diversity of perspectives from a wide-range of disciplines (academic and beyond academia).

My chapter, “The Limitations of End Demand Strategies,” included in the anthology, examines the heternormative, gender, and race, limitations of current end demand strategies. My chapter is an invitation to think beyond supply and demand as a strategy in anti-trafficking efforts.