Erin Conners, doctoral student in Public Health-Global Health, has been awarded a dissertation research grant by UC MEXUS to study the prevalence and correlates of Chagas disease among a group of migrants at the Mexico-Guatemala border and explore whether they have a heightened vulnerability to contracting the disease. Chagas disease is a potentially life-threatening chronic illness that affects an estimated 8 million individuals in Latin America.
Alina Mendez has been awarded a UC MEXUS research grant for her dissertation study entitled “Cheap for Whom? Family Migration and Labor in the Imperial-Mexicali Borderlands, 1942-1964.” The study examines the dynamics of social reproduction of transborder workers in the eastern California-Baja California borderlands during the Bracero Program era.
Alina is a Ph.D. candidate in the History Department at UC San Diego.
Anthony C. Ocampo. Assistant Professor of Sociology, Cal Poly Pomona
Monday, February 9, 12:00pm
The Latinos of Asia: How Filipino Americans Break the Rules of Race
Mass migration from Latin America and Asia is dramatically changing the racial landscape of our nation. In California, Latinos and Asians already collectively constitute the majority in large metropolitan areas, a demographic shift that is reshaping the way children of immigrants are racially incorporated into American society. To date, race scholars treat Latinos and Asians as two distinct panethnic categories. In this presentation, Professor Ocampo examines how Filipino Americans, the largest Asian group in the state, disrupt this conventional divide and negotiate their racial identity within an emerging Latino-Asian racial spectrum.
Drawing on interviews and survey data of Filipino Americans in Southern California, Professor Ocampo demonstrates how multiethnic contexts interact with historical factors to influence Filipino racial formation. I argue that the cultural residuals of Spanish and U.S. colonialism affect how Filipinos racially position themselves vis-à-vis Latinos and Asians, the two fastest growing panethnic groups in the country. These findings have implications for better understanding how the racialization process is evolving as the United States moves beyond a black-white racial paradigm.
Dr. Anthony Ocampo is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Cal Poly Pomona. His award-winning research and teaching focuses on the experiences of minority groups in the United States. He has published research on the cultural and educational experiences of Latinos, Asian Americans, and LGBT people in the U.S. in Ethnic and Racial Studies, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Latino Studies, and Journal of Asian American Studies. He is currently working on two books on immigration, which are under contract with Stanford University Press and NYU Press.
James C . Hathaway, Director of the Program in Refugee and Asylum Law, University of Michigan
Thursday, January 22, 4:00pm
What Makes a Political Refugee ‘Political’?
James C. Hathaway, the James E. and Sarah A. Degan Professor of Law at the University of Michigan, is a leading authority on international refugee law whose work is regularly cited by the most senior courts of the common law world. He is the founding director of Michigan Law’s Program in Refugee and Asylum Law, Distinguished Visiting Professor of International Refugee Law at the University of Amsterdam, and Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne.
Professor Hathaway’s publications include The Law of Refugee Status (2014), with Michelle Foster; Transnational Law: Cases and Materials (2013), with Mathias Reimann, Timothy Dickinson, and Joel Samuels; Human Rights and Refugee Law (2013); The Rights of Refugees Under International Law (2005); Reconceiving International Refugee Law (1997); and more than 80 journal articles. He is founding patron and senior adviser to Asylum Access, a nonprofit organization committed to delivering innovative legal aid to refugees in the global South, and counsel on international protection to the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants.
This presentation is a part of the Seeking Asylum in North America speaker series, co-sponsored by the California Western School of Law, the Institute for International, Comparative and Area Studies and the Scholars Strategy Network.
The Sixth Annual UC International Migration Conference
“Immigration Policy at Varying Scales”
to be held at the University of California Riverside School of Public Policy
Friday, February 20, 2015
CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR THE SIXTH ANNUAL
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA INTERNATIONAL MIGRATION CONFERENCE
Despite the lack of Congressional legislation on immigration policy, there have been significant policy developments on immigrant integration and immigration enforcement at the national, state, and local levels. Immigration policy has also been an important area of activity in other countries, and in the work of international organizations.
How are we to make sense of all this?
The Sixth Annual UC conference on international migration is pleased to welcome scholarship on immigration policy, at any level of analysis, on any topic, and from any social science discipline. The focus on policy is especially timely, as UC Riverside launches its new School of Public Policy. In addition to paper presentations, we plan to have a keynote speaker on immigration policy in California (to be announced).
Those interested in presenting should email firstname.lastname@example.org with a title and abstract of 150-200 words. We will provide free accommodations and travel subsidies (up to 100%) for all presenters at the conference.Please note the following criteria and deadlines, and please share widely.
ELIGIBILITY: Ph.D. candidates and faculty members in the University of California who are paper authors or coauthors
DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS: December 31, 2014
NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCES: January 9, 2015
Tom K. Wong, UCSD Assistant Professor of Political Science and CCIS Research Associate, has published a study in the Journal on Migration and Human Security: “Paths to Lawful Immigration Status: Results and Implications from the PERSON Survey” (with Donald Kerwin, Jeanne M. Atkinson, and Mary Meg McCarthy).
Anecdotal evidence suggests that a significant percentage of unauthorized immigrants are potentially eligible for some sort of immigration relief, but they either do not know it or are not able to pursue lawful immigration status for other reasons. However, no published study the authors are aware of has systematically analyzed this question. The study attempts to answer the question of the number of unauthorized immigrants who, without knowing it, may already be potentially eligible for lawful immigration status.
Tuesday, December 9 at 5:30PM
Great Hall, International House, UCSD (Find Directions Here)
Free Public Event
International House Faculty Fellow for Fall 2014, Dr. Wael Al-Delaimy, will present 2 documentary films on refugees in the Middle East followed by a discussion moderated by Dr. Al-Delaimy, Professor of Epidemiology and Chief of the Division of Global Health at the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at UCSD.
The films are:
ZA’ATARI REFUGEE CAMP (2013) When it opened, Za’atari had just 100 families. Today, it has about 120,000 residents. Located 18 miles south of the Syrian border, it’s the fourth largest city in Jordan and the second largest refugee camp in the world.
SOMEONE LIKE ME (2011) Funded by the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO), the 24-minute film sheds light on the challenges and aspirations of young Palestine refugees growing up in Lebanon.
UC Global Health Day is a showcase for the research, training and outreach in global health being undertaken across the University of California. The goal of UC Global Health Day is to feature the rich diversity of global health work being done in different disciplines at all ten UC campuses. This event is an opportunity for UC students, fellows, faculty, staff and visiting scholars to share their current work in global health. It features plenary sessions, posters and concurrent breakout sessions covering a broad range of global health topics.
The UC Global Health Institute (UCGHI) invites submissions of abstracts for posters and proposals for breakout sessions for UC Global Health Day. Interdisciplinary and cross-campus collaborations are strongly encouraged. All presenters will receive complimentary registration to UC Global Health Day. Students selected to present at UC Global Health Day will receive funding to offset travel and poster expenses – all current UCSD students with accepted breakout session abstracts will be given a $100 travel scholarship to attend the event. Deadline for poster abstract and breakout session proposals is Friday, January 30, 2015 (11:59pm PST).
Breakout sessions can take various different forms for structure (panel of presentations, video paired with Q&A, breakout discussion sessions with role-playing, etc). Check out the list of sessions from last year’s UCGHD for examples. The conference organizers are looking for innovative format submissions for breakout sessions. A variety of topics for these sessions are encouraged (eg. research, career opportunities/counseling, technology, etc). Cross-UC collaboration is strongly encouraged.
Subjects that might be of specific interest include (but are not limited to): migration and health, translational science, global health diplomacy, and women’s health & empowerment.