Archipelago of Resettlement: Vietnamese Refugee Settlers and Decolonization Across Guam and Israel-Palestine (book launch)
When and Where
Thursday, April 21, 2022 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Evyn Le Espiritu Gandhi
What happens when refugees encounter Indigenous sovereignty struggles in the countries of their resettlement? From April to November 1975, the US military processed over 112,000 Vietnamese refugees on the unincorporated territory of Guam; from 1977 to 1979, the State of Israel granted asylum and citizenship to 366 non-Jewish Vietnamese refugees. Evyn Le Espiritu Gandhi analyzes these two cases to theorize what she calls the refugee settler condition: the fraught positionality of refugee subjects whose resettlement in a settler colonial state is predicated on the unjust dispossession of an indigenous population.
Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies, Ctre for Southeast Asian Studies, Inst. of Islamic Studies, Hearing Palestine