AASWG Graduate Student Workshop


Thursday, April 6, 2017, 4:00pm to 6:00pm


2 Arrow Street, Room 420

Please join us for this Graduate Student Workshop! We have three fantastic students sharing their work:

Kristin OberianoKristin Oberiano | Seminar Paper: “Envisioning Chamorro Sovereignty: The Commonwealth Movement of Guam in an International Perspective.” 

Kristin is a first year history Ph.D student focusing on United States and Pacific history. She is most interested in the relationships formed between indigenous peoples and immigrants in the Pacific islands and their roles in self-determination and decolonization movements. She was born and raised on Guam, and is determined to learn Chamorro in the near future. 


Evyn EspirituEvyn Espiritu | Conference Paper: "Racialized Encounters: Vietnamese Refugees and Native Chamorros on Post-1975 Guam" 

Evyn is submitting this short paper to this Militarism & Migration conference.  It will be pre-circulated and then discussed/workshopped at the conference.  This paper will also become part of a chapter for her dissertation. She is interested in getting feedback on both the paper itself, as well as what the readers would like to see included in a longer dissertation chapter. 

Evyn is a Rhetoric PhD candidate and filmmaker at UC Berkeley.  Her dissertation examines the Vietnamese refugee diaspora in Guam and Israel-Palestine as a means to trace not only circuits of empire—how the Vietnam War is linked to US military build-up in Guam and an unwavering support of Israel—but also circuits of solidarity—how Chamorro decolonialization efforts and Palestinian resistance struggles are connected via the Vietnamese refugee figure.  Her research is supported by the UC Berkeley Center for Race and Gender, the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies, and the Ford Foundation.  At Harvard she has organized the Asian American Studies Writing Group.


Helen KimHelen Jin Kim | Book Chapter: “Reconstructing Asian America’s Religious Past: A Historiography” in Asian American Religions. Khyati Joshi and David Yoo eds., University of Hawaii Press and UCLA Center for Asian American Studies. Forthcoming 2017.

Helen is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Committee on the Study of Religion at Harvard. Her dissertation is titled “Gospel of the ‘Orient’: Koreans, Race and the Transpacific Rise of American Evangelicalism in the Cold War Era.” She completed her B.A. in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity and English Literature at Stanford.