Lee Ann Wang talk TODAY at 4pm, 3201 Hart Hall

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You are invited to a talk by Lee Ann Wang
April 13, 2016, 4-5:30pm
3201 Hart Hall

ASIAN AMERICAN FEMINIST CRITIQUE OF LEGAL VOICE AND THE GENDERED VIOLENCE OF IMMIGRATION LAW AS CRIMINAL ENFORCEMENT

This talk examines a form of legal protection designed to rescue undocumented
immigrant women from gender and sexual violence – but only if they are able to
certify a “will” to cooperate with criminal prosecutions. Wang interrogates how
the law establishes an evidentiary relationship between experience and legal
voice in the making of the undocumented crime victim as a legible object of
protection and the purported subject who unfurls punishment. Focusing on
specific nonimmigrant visas legislated through the Violence Against Women Act,
Wang further argues that their cooperative legal scheme successfully provides
temporary legal status but does so by enacting much more – the binding of
applicant futures to the racial violence of criminality and universality of
innocence.

LEE ANN S. WANG is a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at Berkeley School of Law

SPONSORED BY the Department of Asian American Studies and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at UC Davis