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UC Berkeley Summer Minors

A summer minor can enrich your area of study and give you the freedom to develop the skills in a subject you love. Upon graduation, you will demonstrate a breadth of knowledge that can help you stand out from the crowd. And if you're considering graduate school, a minor can bolster your application. UC Berkeley students can earn a summer minor in the subjects below. $2,000 scholarships are available to matriculated UC Berkeley students. 

Some summer minors relevant to sociology include: 

  • Race and the Law

  • Journalism in the Digital Age

  • Digital Humanities

  • Global Public Health 

More information: http://summer.berkeley.edu/special-programs/summer-minors
 

New Moot Court Team at UC Berkeley

Moot Court is a student organization that simulates appellate advocacy with an optional brief writing component that helps undergraduate students prepare for law school and learn valuable legal advocacy and writing skills. The American Moot Court Association (AMCA) releases a case problem on the 1st of May each year. The case problem is fictional and takes place in the “51st U.S. State of Olympus.” The case deals with 2 constitutional issues. If you'd like more information on the organization or are interested in previous cases, feel free to check out the AMCA website at https://amcamootcourt.org/

If you are interested in joining the new moot court team at Cal please fill out this form by April 30, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PST:  https://tinyurl.com/MootCourtAtCal

22nd Annual FPOC Law School Admissions Conference at UCLA School of Law

Presented by UCLA Latinx Law Students Association & For People of Color, Inc. on Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 9AM - 4PM PST via Zoom.

This event will provide attendees with a comprehensive overview of the law school application process. Current law students and administrators will provide advice on how best to navigate the law school application process. 

RSVP: Registration is required.
More information: https://ucla.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_JYrDnJ0-QKaH1n1R6Wi-WQ


Matrix on Point: America's Pursuit of Racial Justice

Please join us on May 14 for a "Matrix on Point" panel discussion on racial justice in America. The panelists will discuss the critical momentum of Black-led protests and the Black Lives Matter movement this past year, and situate this within the larger historical context of social movements for racial justice in the United States and the unfinished work of the Civil Rights Movement.

This event is presented as part of the Matrix on Point discussion series, which promotes focused, cross-disciplinary conversations on today’s most pressing contemporary issues. Offering opportunities for scholarly exchange and interaction, each Matrix On Point features the perspectives of leading scholars and specialists from different disciplines, followed by an open conversation.

Date: May 14th, 2021 12-1:30 p.m.
Registration: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScTDjB3fXndd2U7MsZeEHVt3BjjZYxuL--T2mTWnBVWkjUxgg/viewform


 

Carolyn Chen 

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies. I teach courses on religion, race and ethnicity, Asian American religion, contemporary issues in Asian American communities, and the second generation. As a sociologist of religion, my research focuses on two areas: religion, race, ethnicity and immigration, and the relationship between religion and work. I’ve published two books on the Asian-American religious experience. In my first book, Getting Saved in America: Taiwanese Immigration and Religious Experience (Princeton 2008), I address why Taiwanese immigrants convert to evangelical Christianity after migrating to the United States. Becoming more religious, or changing religions, is a pattern that we see among many immigrant groups, in the past and present. What is the function of religion for immigrants, I ask. Sustaining Faith Traditions: Religion, Race, and Ethnicity among the Latino and Asian American Second Generation (NYU 2012) is an anthology that looks at how the children of Latinx and Asian immigrants negotiate their religious, racial, and ethnic identities. Earlier theories of ethnicity, religion, and immigration were largely based on the experiences of white immigrants and their descendants. What is the relationship between religion and ethnicity now that most immigrants are non-white? Finally, my new book, Work Pray Code: When Work Becomes Religion in Silicon Valley (Princeton, forthcoming) looks at how Silicon Valley firms use Asian spiritual practices to make their workers more productive. Work, I argue, is replacing religion in the lives of high-skilled workers. The workplace, rather than churches and temples, are fulfilling their needs for identity, belonging, meaning, and spirituality.

‘Civic and Political Engagement of Chinese Americans in Ethnic Suburbs’

Sophia Wang

University of California, Berkeley

Abstract
This project explores the motivations and expression of Chinese American civic and political engagement in ethnic suburbs. Ethnic suburbs with a large percentage of middle and upper class Chinese Americans are at the center of this investigation, but Chinese Americans from less diverse suburbs are interviewed as well in order to provide a point of comparison. Contrary to popular belief that Chinese Americans under-participate in American civil society, this study finds that Chinese Americans are in fact very established in civil society and politically expressive, but their participation is unconventional. Even in locations with a high concentration of Chinese Americans, they lack a sense of group consciousness and communal motivations. Instead, these suburban Chinese Americans become politically mobilized or civically engaged for instrumental and individual reasons.

Keywords
ethnic suburbs, Chinese American, politics, civic engagement

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