My name is Donna Doan Anderson (she/her/hers) and I am a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Department of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. My research engages with Asian/American communities in the Midwest from the late 19th to mid-20th centuries and how the translocality and transnationality of these communities shaped and created a distinct Asian American experience.
My commitment to sharing the diverse stories of the Midwest is rooted in my experience as a mixed-raced Vietnamese American growing up in Omaha, Nebraska and my career as a high school history teacher in Lincoln, Nebraska. While teaching, I struggled to find materials that adequately reflected the experience of my own upbringing and my students, who represented over thirty nationalities and spoke fifty different languages. For many, the Midwest does not evoke images of diversity and culture, which perpetuates coastal narratives in both U.S. History and Asian American Studies scholarship. My hope is to support the current works that argue against the myth of the Midwest as local, isolated, insulated, and traditional and for my research to engage with the Midwest as global in the maintenance of their transnational connections.
In addition to my research, I am lucky to be the Assistant Editor for the Journal of Asian American Studies. Also, I am involved in the Asian American activist community at UCSB. Currently, I serve as a co-convener for the Asian/American Studies Collective research focus group and as the treasurer of the Asian-Pacific Islander Graduate Student Alliance (APIGSA). Further, I am serving as a co-Lead Teaching Assistant for the Department of History during the 2020-2021 academic year.
Thank you for taking the time to visit my site. I gladly accept any questions or inquires about my research.
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