Julie Thi Underhill

Julie Thi Underhill
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Julie Thi Underhill is an interdisciplinary artist, scholar, and activist based in Berkeley, California. She’s interested in vocabularies of remembrance, amidst continuously remade notions of identity, belonging, and home. She has published writing and photography in Inheriting the War: Poetry & Prose by Descendants of Vietnam Veterans and Refugees; Troubling Borders: An Anthology of Art and Literature by Southeast Asian Women in the Diaspora; BOMB Magazine; positions: asia cultures critique; Nuclear Impact; Completely Mixed Up; TrenchArt Monographs; Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace; Embodying Asian/American Sexualities; ColorLines; and Hayden’s Ferry Review. Julie is a member of She Who Has No Master(s), a collective of Vietnamese writers. Julie holds degrees from The Evergreen State College (B.A.) and UC Berkeley (M.A.). Having previously taught Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley and Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University, she currently lectures in Writing+Literature and Diversity Studies at California College of the Arts.

diaCRITICIZE — You Didn’t Kill Us All, You Know — Part One

In this exclusive new diaCRITICIZE, Julie Thi Underhill offers an in-depth introduction to the sometimes fraught relationship between Chăm Americans and Vietnamese Americans. She raises difficult questions, including why Vietnamese and Vietnamese Americans would rather forget the conquest of the Chăm, the continuing existence of the Chăm people, and whether or not the Chăm can be compared to Native Americans.

Mindfulness Retreats for Young Vietnamese Americans and Canadians

diaCRITICS recently received word from students of Zen master Thích Nhất Hạnh about four North American mindfulness retreats by and for Vietnamese American young adults, aged 18 to 38, planned for Spring Break this year....

Coming Out, Coming Home—Thao P. Nguyen’s ‘Fortunate Daughter’

Recently diaCRITICS managing editor Julie Thi Underhill attended Thao P. Nguyen's "one-dyke" tragicomedy show Fortunate Daughter at the intimate Impact Theater in Berkeley, where it ran for three weekends. Last year Fortunate Daughter was...

San Francisco Global Vietnamese Film Festival 2013—Interview

It’s that time again! The San Francisco Global Vietnamese Film Festival is having their second biennial film and video showcase featuring Vietnamese filmmakers in Viet Nam and the diaspora. diaCRITICS managing editor and DVAN...

War is for the Living — Opening Reception in N.Y.C. on February 14

Chuong-Dai Vo's co-curated exhibit, War is for the Living, seems conceptually brilliant and long overdue. In critical engagement with war and its enduring aftermath/afterlife, An-My Le and Dinh Q. Lê join eight other artists...

Linh Dinh — Those Laboring Days

How often does one remember a former boss, their assault weaponry, their potential flashbacks to Nam—yet still somehow linger longest on the generous hiring practices possible before the economic downturn in 2008 left many...