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Racial Ecologies @ the Napa Library

From the Flint water crisis to the Dakota Access Pipeline controversy, environmental threats and degradation disproportionately affect communities of color, with often dire consequences for people's lives and health. Racial Ecologies explores activist strategies and creative responses, such as those of Mexican migrant women, New Zealand Maori, and African American farmers in urban Detroit, demonstrating that people of color have always been and continue to be leaders in the fight for a more equitable and ecologically just world.

Grounded in an ethnic-studies perspective, this interdisciplinary collection illustrates how race intersects with Indigeneity, colonialism, gender, nationality, and class to shape our understanding of both nature and environmental harm, showing how and why environmental issues are also racial issues. Indeed, Indigenous, critical race, and postcolonial frameworks are crucial for comprehending and addressing accelerating anthropogenic change, from the local to the global, and for imagining speculative futures. This forward-looking, critical intervention bridges environmental scholarship and ethnic studies and will prove indispensable to activists, scholars, and students alike.

Co-editors LeiLani Nishime and Kim D. Hester Williams, will be reading from the edited collection and will be available to engage in discussion, answer questions, and sign copies of the book.

Leilani Nishime is an associate professor of communication at the University of Washington. She received her PhD in English at the University of Michigan and was an associate professor of American multicultural studies at Sonoma State University. She is the author of Undercover Asian: Multiracial Asian Americans in Visual Culture and the coeditor of East Main Street: Asian American Popular Culture and Global Asian American Popular Cultures. She has published widely in anthologies and journals such as Cinema Journal, the Journal of Asian American Studies, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Communication Theory, and the Quarterly Journal of Speech, among others. She has served on the boards of the Association of Asian American Studies, the Critical Mixed Race Studies Association, and the Seattle Globalist, and she is an organizing member of the Seattle Asian American Film Festival.
 
Kim D. Hester Williams is professor of English, American multicultural and Film studies at Sonoma State University. Her current scholarship considers race, ecology, and Black ecopoetics with particular attention to the work of the science fiction writer Octavia Butler. She is working on a manuscript that examines the hyperconsumption and romanticizing of black expressive culture and its dialectical correspondence to discourses and practices of antiblackness that, ultimately, reveal whiteness as racial crisis. Hester Williams has published essays on the representation of race, gender, and economy in new media, popular culture, and film. She also has served as chair of the Media and Cinema Division of the Cultural Studies Association and currently serves on the editorial board for the journal Genders and as a consultant for Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers.
 
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580 Coombs St.
Napa Main Library
Napa, CA 94559
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By Leilani Nishime (Editor), Kim D. Hester Williams (Editor)
$30.00
ISBN: 9780295743738
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Washington Press - June 20th, 2018

From the Flint water crisis to the Dakota Access Pipeline controversy, environmental threats and degradation disproportionately affect communities of color, with often dire consequences for people's lives and health.