Khatharya Um

Research Expertise and Interest

education, memory, Southeast Asian Studies, Asian American histories and communities, Southeast Asian diaspora, refugees, international migration, transnational and diaspora studies, genocide studies

Research Description

My teaching and research interests center around refugees and other forcibly displaced communities and their incorporation experiences. My specialization is Southeast Asian studies and Southeast Asian diaspora studies, genocide studies and post conflict trauma, reconciliation, memory works, and national healing. My teaching and research is also community based and policy oriented, with a special focus on equity and inclusion of linguistic and cultural minorities.

In the News

Berkeley ‘Refugee Scholar’ Khatharya Um Shares Her Story to Empower Students

For many Southeast Asian refugees, the current violence in Afghanistan and Ukraine is like an instant replay of a painful history that few can forget. If little is taught about the Vietnam War — a misnomer, because the war was not confined to Vietnam — even less is known about Cambodia and the U.S. intentional destruction of that country to secure a supposedly honorable exit from Vietnam in April 1975.
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