Sydney Liang

Not Your Campus’s Movement: UC Berkeley and the Politics of Solidarity in the post-Civil Rights and Power Movement Era

With recent cases of violence against the Asian-American community in mind, it is now more relevant than ever to examine Asian-American history, and efforts that have been made for greater rights and representation. This summer, I will be working with my mentor researching materials that characterize the Asian-American Movement of the 1960’s. The research will be focused around the 2010 novel I Hotel by Karen Tei Yamashita, and specifically her exploration of the historical parallel between Japanese-American Internment and Native-American incarceration on Tule Lake. I will conduct archival research with the Bancroft Library, looking at collections relating to the legal defense for the Tule Lake internees, the International Hotel Eviction, and the Third World Liberation Front with the objective of finding intersections between the aims of the Asian-American Movement and American-Indian sovereignty. I will also use this opportunity to research minority allyship between the Black Panther Party and the Red Guards and other Asian American coalitions during the Asian-American movement in the 1960’s and 70’s.

Message to Sponsor

I would like to thank SURF for the opportunity to collaborate with my mentor in graduate-level research and gain hands-on experience in research in the humanities. The opportunity to learn how to conduct archival research, and pursue related areas of personal research interests is truly invaluable. I am looking forward to building my research skills, as well as taking the first step into the world of academic research in literature and the humanities.
  • Major: English, Japanese
  • Sponsor: Johnson Fund
  • Mentor: Maia Rodriguez