Reader at UC Berkeley
Higher Education | San Francisco Bay Area, US
Dissertation: “The Perils of Home: Race, Gender, and Labor on the Pacific Frontier”
My dissertation examines intimate encounters between white women and Chinese men in the early twentieth century. The study connects the expansion of white women’s political and economic rights in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century and the role of Chinese male domestic workers in Western North America. Drawing from an analysis of advertisements for domestic goods, legal cases involving Chinese servants, and (white) women’s labor laws, my work examines the continuities and divergences in how Chinese domestic labor troubled and transformed notions of intimacy, national belonging, and gender roles in California and British Columbia from the 1880s to the 1930s.