Episode 2429 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will feature an interview with UCLA professor Evyn Lê Espiritu Gandhi where the talks about her latest book Archipelago of Resettlement that tells about South Vietnamese escaping to Guam and Israel-Palestine after the fall of Saigon.
Evyn Lê Espiritu Gandhi is an assistant professor of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the author of Archipelago of Resettlement: Vietnamese Refugee Settlers and Decolonization across Guam and Israel-Palestine (University of California Press, 2022). She of currently working on a new book project tentatively titled “Revisiting the Southern Question: South Korea, South Vietnam, and the U.S. South.”
In the interview Professor Gandhi reveals from April to November 1975, the US military processed over 112,000 Vietnamese refugees on the unincorporated territory of Guam; from 1977 to 1979, the State of Israel granted asylum and citizenship to 366 non-Jewish Vietnamese refugees. Evyn Lê Espiritu Gandhi analyzes these two cases to theorize what she calls the refugee settler condition: the fraught positionality of refugee subjects whose resettlement in a settler colonial state is predicated n the unjust dispossession of and indigenous population.
Lisa Yoneyama, author of Cold War Ruins says this about Archipelago of Resettlement: “This strikingly original study demonstrates ways of knowing and connective otherwise – within, across and beyond incommensurable structural divides and multiple belongings. Deeply inspiring, Gandhi’ archipelagic methodology elucidates compelling political possibilities for decolonial futures.”
It is written about her book: “Considering distinct yet overlapping modalities of refugee and indigenous displacement, Gandhi offers tools for imagining emergent forms of decolonial solidarity between refugee settlers and indigenous peoples.”
Listen to Episode 2429 and get the full interview with UCLA Professor Evyn Lê Espiritu Gandhi where she talks about her latest book Archipelago of Resettlement that tells about South Vietnamese escaping to Guam and Israel-Palestine after the fall of Saigon.