Filmmaker Bio: Emily T. Yeh is Professor of Geography at the University of Colorado Boulder. She conducts research on nature-society relations in Tibetan parts of the PRC, including the political ecology of pastoralism, conflicts over access to natural resources, vulnerability of Tibetan herders to climate change, indigenous knowledge, the relationship between ideologies of nature and nation, environmental history, and emerging environmental subjectivities. She is the author of Taming Tibet: Landscape Transformation and the Gift of Chinese Development (Cornell University Press 2013), which explores the intersection of political economy and cultural politics of development as a project of state territorialization, as well as a co-editor with Chris Coggins of Mapping Shangrila: Contested Landscapes in the Sino-Tibetan Borderlands, and with Kevin O’Brien and Ye Jingzhong of Rural Politics in Contemporary China.
Beyond the Barbed Wire: Japanese Americans in Minnesota
Film Summary: Beyond the Barbed Wire: Japanese Americans in Minnesota presents the unique experiences of Japanese Americans who came to the North Star State as a result of the Pacific War. Approximately 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry were forced into internment camps after Pearl Harbor. Some of them relocated to and restarted their lives in Minnesota after the war. This was largely because of higher education, of which many liberal arts colleges were part, and military service, as the second-generation Japanese Americans (Nisei) attended the Military Intelligence Service Language School (MIS) at Camp Savage and then Fort Snelling. Exploring this emotional and challenging chapter in one of the darkest moments of 20th-century American history, this documentary hopes to foster a more informed and rational dialogue on issues of race, xenophobia, immigration, and nationalism, which remains timely and even urgent today.
Filmmakers Bio: Beyond the Barbed Wire is a faculty-student collaboration, directed by Associate Professor Ka Wong (Asian Studies, St Olaf College) along with his two students Hikari Sugisaki (’17) and Paul Sullivan (’17). Prof. Wong’s research explores the symbiotic ties and tensions between individual identity and cultural discourse. He has published on a wide range of topics about Asia, such as language acquisition, cultural pedagogy, visual anthropology, and transnational cinema. Sugisaki graduated with a triple major in Asian Studies, Philosophy, and Studio Art. Having majored in Asian Studies, Sullivan currently serves as a China Fellow at East China Normal University in Shanghai.