Department of Ethnic Studies - College of Letters and Science - University of California, Berkeley

People / Graduate Students

Student

Kim Tran


Women of Color Feminism, Neoliberal Critique, Queer of Color Thought, Critical Diaspora Studies


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Bio & Research Interests

Kim's dissertation titled Refugees in a World on Fire: Dispossession, Diaspora and the Possibilities of Queer Resistance reconsiders the connective tissues of cross racial coalition though a close reading of solidarity statements issued by prominent Asian American community groups and interviews with queer Vietnamese activists in support of #BlackLIvesMatter after 2014. She reimagines coalitions formed across racial difference to resist dispossession and anti-Black racism as a queer diasporic praxis that is an affective and alternative refashioning of kinship.  Her project bridges Women of Color Feminism, Comparative Ethnic Studies, Queer of Color Thought and Neoliberal Critique in order to interrupt canonized frameworks for thinking through political filiation. 


Advisor

Keith Feldman


Courses Taught or Assisted

LECTURING:

The Personal Becomes Political: Critical Race Perspectives in Feminism

  • Upper division undergraduate seminar engaging feminism as an intersectional movement. The class emphasizes the hidden histories and work of women of color in feminist movements and how feminism itself can be reimagined through gender, race and class.

Gender and Colonialism in Asian America

  • Assists students in acquiring critical thinking and writing skills while providing a basic introduction to contemporary iterations of colonialism in Asian America through the lens of gender.

Writing Through Native Women

  • Introduce students to critical writing and reading through the intersectional literature of native and indigenous women

TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIPS

A History of Social Protest Movements from the 1960s Onward

  • An introductory, comparative, and interdisciplinary study of Native American, Chicano/Latino, African American, and Asian American social movements from 1960 to the present. The course traces the development of movements in response to racial, class, gender, and political inequality in the context of U.S. politics and history

Introduction to Theories and Concepts of Ethnic Studies

  • Provide students with an introduction to basic theories of race, class and gender in the United States.  Students read and discuss the ways in which these phenomena structure social, economic and political life.

Asian America Diaspora Studies

  • Assist students in acquiring critical thinking and writing skills and provides a basic introduction to contemporary issues in the work of Asian American writers.

ANTI-OPPRESSION CONSULTING/TRAINING

Select Former Clients

  • US Consulate, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • The Northern California Association of Nonprofits
  • Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach
  • The Athenian School
  • Santa Clara University
  • Stanford University

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Selected Publications

  • If #BlackLivesMatter, Do We? in Hyphen: Asian America Unbridged, June 2016
  • Imperative: An Asian American Reckoning The Diaspora Journal UC Berkeley, Spring 2015 Issue
  • Healing Trauma, Healing Justice: An Interview with Thuan Nguyen, nsn: an ethnic studies journal, February 2012
  • “Scribe” in Out of the Depths: Poetry of Poverty—Courage and Resilience. Ed. Susan Deborah King. Union Theological Seminary: New York City, 2015.
  • “Snapshots of a Movement” in nsn: an ethnic studies journal, vol. 1., no. 1., 2012, 106-107