Evyn Lê Espiritu

Dissertation Title

Archipelago of Resettlement: Vietnamese Refugee Settlers in Guam and Israel-Palestine

Research Interests

critical refugee studies, settler colonial studies, archipelagic American Studies, US empire, history and memory, diaspora, critical theory, gender studies

Evyn Lê Espiritu is a Rhetoric PhD candidate and filmmaker at UC Berkeley.  Her interdisciplinary research traces the ways in which Vietnamese refugees, and “Vietnam” as a rhetorical signifier, circulate around the globe.  Her dissertation examines the Vietnamese refugee diaspora in Guam and Israel-Palestine as a means to trace two forms of critical geography: first, archipelagos of empire—how the Vietnam War is linked to US military build-up in Guam and unwavering support of Israel; and second, corresponding archipelagos of resistance—how Chamorro decolonization efforts and Palestinian … read more