Lok Siu

Tandem Fellow in the History of Migration
GHI West - Pacific Regional Office 
of the German Historical Institute Washington DC
Institute of European Studies
249 Moses Hall
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-2316
(510) 643-4558

Biographical Summary

Lok Siu is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley and Vice Chair of UC Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Equity. Her first book, Memories of a Future Home: Diasporic Citizenship of Chinese in Panama, examines the politics of belonging for ethnic Chinese as they negotiate the cultural and geopolitical intersections of Panama, the United States, and China/Taiwan. Her co-edited volumes include Asian Diasporas: New Formations, New Conceptions and Gendered Citizenship: Transnational Perspectives on Knowledge Production, Political Activism, and Culture, and her essays appear in various journals and anthologies. She is currently working on a book manuscript tentatively titled Worlding: Japanese Latin American Internment and their Struggle for Recognition that examines the forced removal and US internment of Japanese Latin Americans (mostly from Peru) during WWII and their post-internment transition from statelessness to citizenship. 

Main Areas of Interest

  • Diaspora
  • Transnationalism
  • Cultural citizenship and un/belonging
  • Anthropology of food
  • Race/gender formation
  • Hemispheric studies
  • Asians in Latin America
  • Chinese diaspora