BIMI Spotlight

BIMI Spotlight

BIMI is proud to share the amazing work our affiliates and team are doing year-round. Learn about new affiliates, new research, news stories, and more that BIMI's network is part of here! 

The Interdisciplinary Immigration Workshop

IIW meets every two weeks during the academic year so members can share work-in-progress about any aspect of research on migration/immigration. It welcomes contemporary and historical research on migration, immigrants and their children, in the US and around the world. We warmly encourage participation from diverse disciplinary and methodological approaches. The workshop is open to any researcher at UCB—grad students, faculty, staff, post-docs, and visiting scholars.

The Interdisciplinary Immigration Workshop is facilitated by Professors Irene Bloemraad and Cybelle Fox of the Department of Sociology. The workshop is grateful for funding from the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE).

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Fall 2023 Migration Courses

As the Fall semester approaches, BIMI has curated list Migration related courses to take this upcoming semester! Delve into migration/immigration discourse in these amazing classes some of whom are taught by BIMI affiliates. 

Cultures of Migration - TU, TH  9:30AM-11:00AM
Gender and Transnational Migration - M 3:00PM-6:00PM
Contemporary Issues of Southeast Asian Refugees in the U.S - TU 2:00PM-5:00PM 
Immigrants and Refugees in the U.S - TU 2:00PM-4:00PM 
Middle East: Post-Colonialism, Migration, and Diaspora - M 2:00PM-5:00PM 
The Refugee “Crisis” in Fiction, Film and Photography - TU TH 9:30AM-11:00AM

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Honoring Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! The month-long observation celebrates the achievements and contributions of AAPI communities in America. BIMI would like to highlight our past work that elevates the voices and brings awareness to the issues of the APPI community.

Between Home and Homeland: Redefining Cambodian American Identity Through Transnational Youth Activism

Essential Workers or Exports: Filipino Nurses in the Era of COVID-19

Looking Ahead Post-Midterms: Asian American Engagement in Politics

Links between Anti-Immigrant Bias and Racial Prejudice in California

BIMI Student Showcase

BIMI is organizing its Cultures and Communities Project showcase on May 4, Thursday from 11-1 pm at IGS library (109 Philosophy Hall).

BIMI Cultures and Communities Project (BCCP) aims at looking deeper into these questions by reframing different ways in which belonging can manifest. Come and join us for research presentations:

Mehnaz Grewal: Chardi-Kala: Sikhs-Here and There
Alexandra Gessesse: Ethiopians Abroad: Blackness, Transnationalism, & Self-Determination
Batul Aledah: Turath: Examining the Rich Cultural Heritage of Yemen and her Diaspora
Nilufar Kayhani: Zindagi: Lives of the Afghan Community in the Bay Area


New BIMI Affiliate: Jovan Scott Lewis

BIMI is excited to introduce our new BIMI Affiltae, Jovan Scott Lewis! He is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley and the author of Scammer’s Yard: The Crime of Black Repair in Jamaica (University of Minnesota Press, 2020) and Violent Utopia: Dispossession and Black Restoration in Tulsa (Duke University Press).

The California Exodus News Feature

Watch this news interview featuring our founding director, Irene Bloemraad on KSHB 41. She discusses the California Exodus, the large migration of people out of California, and how the decrease in population may actually bring more opportunities to largely populated cities.

New BIMI Affiliate: Ayesha Mahmud

BIMi is excited to introduce to you all our new faculty affiliate, Ayesha Mahmud! Ayesha Mahmud is a demographer, who is broadly interested in the interplay between human population changes, environmental factors, and infectious disease dynamics.