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Jessica Jiang

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Jessica Jiang is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, with a Designated Emphasis in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. Her research looks at Exclusion era histories of Chinese migration in relation to Indigenous space in the Pacific Northwest, examining migrant border crossing via Coast Salish canoes, through Colville Reservation’s North Half, and with the aid of Native guides and navigators. Her broader interests lie at the intersection of Native American and Indigenous Studies, Asian North American Studies, critical geography, and borderlands history.

Jess’ article “The Limits of Labor Solidarity: Competing Organizing Ideologies of Filipino Migrant and Alaska Native Workers in the Pacific Northwest Canned Salmon Industry, 1928-1946” is forthcoming in Kalfou (2023), and her illustration work has been published in Sinister Wisdom, comics anthology Threads that Connect Us, artbook Toward a World Without Prisons, and more.