Simi Kang

UCSB Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow


I specialize


I earned my Ph.D. in Feminist Studies in 2019 from the University of Minnesota and hold a B.A. in Creative Writing and Cultural Anthropology from the University of St. Thomas.


My manuscript, tentatively titled Resilient Refugeeism: Restoration & Environmental Sacrifice at the Ocean’s Edge, focuses on the presents and futures of Southeast Louisiana’s Vietnamese/American coast-dependent communities at the intersections of restoration policy, federal immigration law and national race politics, and catastrophic climate change. This is particularly in light of the ways local and state decision-makers justify their sacrifice of community members by framing Vietnamese/Americans as model minority refugees, or coastal residents who are particularly “successful” at survival due to their supposed resilience. Rejecting the edict of ‘refugee resilience,’ I interrogate how Louisiana’s restoration policy rhetorically centers, yet materially erases, Vietnamese/American fisherfolk. Located within critical refugee studies and environmental humanities scholarship, this project articulates how fisherfolk create community-level strategies that directly respond to resilience policy. I show, further, how these strategies allow Vietnamese/Americans to see their community and commercial fishing in a state-imagined future that sacrifices both in the name of capital accumulation.