New Books at ROMC Library!

The ROMC was recently given many books from Dr. Amy Sueyoshi, a professor here at SFSU in both departments of Ethnic Studies, and Women and Gender Studies.  Two books we have here in the ROMC library are titled The Four Immigrants Manga by Henry Kiyama, as well as Good Wives, Nasty Wenches and Anxious Patriarchs—Gender, Race, and Power in Colonial Virginia by Kathleen M. Brown.

The Four Immigrants Manga is a story told in the form of a Japanese comic book, or manga. The storyline follows the lives of four Japanese immigrants, who start their new lives in San Francisco in the early 1900’s. This manga’s storyline is a satire of the typical struggles and challenges faced by the Japanese immigrants during that time. Struggles and challenges such as those depicted were actually seen in the eyes of the very author and illustrator of The Four Immigrants Manga, Henry (Yoshitaka) Kiyama.

Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, and Anxious Patriarchs is an analysis of gender and racial issues during the years of Colonial America. Kathleen Brown covers these issues in depth, which are drawn from the perspectives of the white European male colonists of the 1600’s and 1700’s, about their encounters with the Indigenous females. The colonists’ perspectives also are shown in their encounters with African female slaves later on in the period of colonialism. These perspectives also include racism, ideas of purity, masculinity and femininity. They often voice their comparison between the Indigenous and African females to their own white European females that came with them, and the expectation and value of the colonial women versus the Indigenous and slave women.

Thanks to Dr. Sueyoshi, we have many more books just like these two, available in the ROMC library. Hopefully, they will be helpful in the research of Ethnic, and Women and Gender Studies!


Freire Public Readout!

BIG thank you to everyone who showed up to our public readout of Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed today in the Student Center lobby! We know it took a lot of guts to stand up in public and read, but you all did an amazing job of spreading Freire’s words and message out there. A special thanks to PEP (Pin@y Educational Partnerships) folks who came out specially for the reading and who blew us all away with their powerful words. Here are some pictures and resources from the event today. And don’t forget to come check out our bulletin board display “Freedom to Read Ethnic Studies” outside Jack Adams Hall on the Terrace Level of the Student Center. Stay tuned to our blog and Facebook for videos from the readout!

Additional resources

On Ethnic Studies and HB 2281:

On Banned Books Week:

If you’re interested in checking out a copy of Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire, stop by the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center Resource Library, located on the Terrace Level of the Student Center.

Banned Books Week

On September 26th, join us for a Public Readout of Paulo Freire’s seminal work Pedagogy of the Oppressed, one of the books specially targeted during the attacks on Ethnic Studies in Arizona. This public reading aims to raise awareness about Freire’s writings and the ban on ethnic studies from Arizona to Texas. All are encouraged to attend and join in the reading!

This event kicks off Banned Books Week (September 24th to October 1st). Also come check out our bulletin board display, titled “Freedom to Read Ethnic Studies” outside Jack Adams Hall in the Student Center. The display will be up from September 24th to October 7th, 2011.