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.

Editor’s Picks: Julie Thi Underhill’s Top Ten Most Critical

As a co-managing editor, I am fortunate to have deep exposure to amazing ideas and visions and critiques via this blog—so it's difficult to narrow anything of value down to ten, around here. However,...

diaCRITICIZE: On motherland (re)turns

As I typed "This is the second editor's note for diaCRITICS, which we've decided to call diaCRITICIZE: The Stuff Vietnamese People Like," I began to have some heart palpitations, within a sense of ambivalence. What if I am not "Vietnamese" enough to be talking about Stuff Vietnamese People Like?

The Stupid Go Volunteer. The Smart Sit Criticizing.

Please do me a favor, before we proceed with this post, by looking at the following picture and delaying your political interpretation. For I promise you that it’s not meant to be politics, that...

Democratic Kampuchea’s Genocide of the Chăm

In 2010, diaCRITICS managing editor Julie Thi Underhill wrote the following in-depth historical and photographic essay about the persecutions of the Cambodian Chăm under the Khmer Rouge rule of Democratic Kampuchea from 1975 to 1979....

Cham American Muslim, A Triple Minority?

At diaCRITICS, we center a cross-ethnic and transnational approach, as fifty-four ethnicities live within present-day Vietnam and as the Vietnamese diaspora has resettled on five continents. Yet the ethnic minorities of Vietnam, and their...

A Look at "Realism in Asian Art" & "Avant-Garde in Asian Art"

diaCRITICS occasionally has guest bloggers. Here Boitran Huynh-Beattie—a professor, curator and art historian in Australia—reviews her experience in October in Korea with an exhibition and a symposium. Realism in Asian Art was a joint exhibition...