Jason Kim

Spring 2011
  • Graduate
Jason Kim
Ethnic Studies
Dirty Clothes on the Color Line: Intersections of Race, Gender and Class

My dissertation project proposes to look at how innovations in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century domestic work and labor technologies were enlisted in creating and policing the boundaries of race, gender & class in both the United States and Canada. Thus, I ask: In what ways can we look at the history of the racialized and gendered division of labor in the American and Canadian context as reflective of the racial and gender anxieties of the time? How were changes in the status of white women and the transformation of the home interconnected with Asian labor migration? With these complex confluences of race, gender, labor, technology, and nation in mind, I propose utilizing a multi-layered comparative intersectional framework to answer these questions.