Wednesday, March 10 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Dr. Evyn Lê Espiritu Gandhi from UCLA will share the introduction and one body chapter from her book manuscript, entitled Archipelago of Resettlement: Vietnamese Refugee Settlers in Guam and Israel-Palestine. This project examines the Vietnamese refugee diaspora in Guam and Israel-Palestine as a means to trace two forms of critical geography: first, archipelagos of empire — how the Vietnam War is linked to US military build-up in Guam and unwavering support of Israel; and second, corresponding archipelagos of resistance — how Chamorro decolonization efforts and Palestinian liberation struggles are connected via the Vietnamese refugee figure. Throughout she examines the “refugee settler condition”: the vexed positionality of refugee subjects whose very condition of political legibility via citizenship is predicated upon the unjust dispossession of an Indigenous population. She is interested in thinking through possibilities for decolonial solidarity.