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Taking the Emperor's Reign

November 1, 2010

On the Tokyo subway trains passengers were packed in like Pringles. Each train typically had a designated “pusher” whose job was literally to shove people inside so the doors could shut. On the streets, people…

Photo credit Joseph Voves.

Our Future Is in Their Hands

November 1, 2010

Manuel Pastor calls it the “game-changer.” In Los Angeles County, one-third of the residents are immigrants, nearly half the workforce is foreign-born, two-thirds of children have at least one immigrant parent, and…

While many disaster studies document recovery over the course of a single year, Andrew Curtis of American studies and ethnicity and his team use spatial video to capture how long the rebuilding process can take. Curtis' video stills from a street corner in Holy Cross, one of the New Orleans neighborhoods hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, show how one house’s reconstruction took five years to begin. Images courtesy of Andrew Curtis.

Keeping a Promise

November 1, 2010

Andrew Curtis is a man of his word. When he left Louisiana, friends asked point blank if he was going to desert them. “USC offered me a position in 2006, but I delayed a year to continue my post-Katrina disaster…

Gang Therapy

Gang Therapy

November 1, 2010

Caitlin Smith enters the Los Angeles home of 19-year-old gang member Edgar*. She has a plan of action and a stack of job applications. That day, they are going to fill out the applications together and drop them off at local…

USC College alumna Wendy Cheng's dissertation involving regional race formation in the San Gabriel Valley won the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity's second Ralph Henry Gabriel Prize in four years. Photo credit Jake Peters.

Place, Space and Race

October 28, 2010

Within the 287 pages of USC College alumna Wendy Cheng's award-winning dissertation are snippets from interviews she conducted with 64 residents in four "majority-minority" multi-ethnic suburbs in the San Gabriel Valley. The…

Indigenous woman in Cusco, Peru, who appears in the PBS documentary <em>When Worlds Collide</em>. Photo credit Mitchell Wilson.

When Worlds Collide

September 22, 2010

What is the legacy of Spanish colonialism in the Americas and how does it still affect Latin America and Latinos in the United States today? This question is raised in the upcoming PBS documentary When Worlds Collide: The…

USC students, faculty and staff taking part in a summer immersion program in Los Angeles and Japan are blogging about their transnational experiences.

Take a Trip of the Vicarious Kind

June 16, 2010

For the first time in USC College history, a transnational American Studies and Ethnicity (ASE) course is being conducted in Japan as well as in Los Angeles -- and you're officially invited to hitch a ride during their…

David Román, professor of English and American studies and ethnicity, in USC College (left) and his undergraduate Zachary Wolf co-wrote a major performance review for <em>Theatre Journal</em>, as part of a Summer Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF) endeavor. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Surfs Up on Broadway

April 29, 2010

Zachary Wolf, an English senior in USC College, knows his professor's research well because it is also his own. Wolf and David Roman, professor of English and American studies and ethnicity, collaborated on and wrote the lead…

<em>American Quarterly</em>'s September 2008 Special Issue on migration earned a top award by a national organization of editors of scholarly journals. <em>American Quarterly</em> is headquartered in USC College's Department of American Studies and Ethnicity.

After Ellis Island

January 11, 2010

Mexicans seeking U.S. citizenship often view the interview process as arbitrary, and say Latino officers who administer the tests are usually the toughest, USC College Ph.D. student Adrian Felix wrote in an essay. Felix's…

María Elena Martínez’s book, which traces the purity of blood concept from 15th century Spain to the New World, has won two major awards from the American Historical Association. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Tracing the Roots of Discrimination

January 6, 2010

Maria Elena Martinez's book, Genealogical Fictions: Limpieza de Sangre, Religion, and Gender in Colonial Mexico (Stanford University Press, 2008), the first in-depth study of the purity of blood concept and repercussions, has…