Joining UBC Geography in July 2022
My research and teaching focus on territoriality, occupation and empire in Canada and the non-contiguous US.
In my current project, I study transpacific social (redress) movements and subsequent calls for the preservation / conservation of Second World War sites in Hawai’i, Alaska and British Columbia. I rely on field-based, archival research methods and work alongside heritage professionals, community organizations and other interested groups.
This project frames histories of colonization, western imperialism, and militarism in Asia-Pacific and the Arctic as interconnected struggles and reveals how these dynamics shape Asian migrant and Indigenous relationships to land in North America. I argue for a new heritage politics attuned to competing and overlapping Asian settler war memories of unjust incarceration and unresolved Indigenous (Pacific Islander, Alaska Native and Coast Salish) land claims.
I am trained as a landscape architect and architectural historian. I remain active in debates on land use and heritage conservation policy in Canada and the US.
Currently, I serve on the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) Cultural and Historic Landscapes Committee and ICOMOS Canada’s (International Council on Monuments and Sites) Heritage Policy Standing Committee.
Previously, I worked as an intern landscape architect in Toronto and Edinburgh. More recently, I worked in San Francisco, Honolulu, Sitka/ Juneau, and Washington D.C on projects related to historic preservation, racial/ethnic minority and Indigenous histories, and community memory.