- Research Interests/Specializations
- Critical heritage studies: sub-surface cultural property, militarism and war
- Environmental / landscape history: land, infrastructure, territory and empire
- Settler colonial studies: Asian settler colonialism, Asian North American/Indigenous relationality
- Transitional justice: redress, reconciliation and judicial accountability in settler states
- Transpacific studies: Archipelagic and Oceanic studies, Arctic and Northern studies and Pacific Canadian studies
- M.Arch (Post-Professional), Urban Design and Housing, McGill University
- MLA (Professional) Landscape Architecture, University of Guelph
- MLA-Exchange, Coursework in M.Sc. Architectural Conservation, University of Edinburgh
- B.Arts Sc. (Combined Hons.) Arts and Science and Art History, McMaster University
I am a landscape architect and writer. My dissertation project engages with interdisciplinary debates in critical heritage studies, infrastructure studies, ethnic studies, environmental history and art and cultural property law.
I study the politics of preserving sub-surface and surface ruins at three remote World War II confinement landscapes (or internment camps) in two former U.S. territories namely, Hawai'i and Alaska and unceded lands in Canada's westernmost province, British Columbia. I pay attention to changing patterns of land tenure at these sites and argue for a heritage politics attuned to competing and overlapping Asian settler war memories of unjust incarceration and Indigenous (Pacific Islander, Alaska Native and Coast Salish) land claims.
I use a mixed-methods approach and conduct hands-on site fieldwork through architectural documentation, non-invasive field archaeology and gardening. I couple this with archival research in pictorial collections (primarily, cartographic, engineering records and photography) while also considering unarchived visual, performative, oral and lived experience of place from primarily, Asian and Indigenous standpoints. I combine this ethnographic and visual analysis with legal analysis of judicial and quasi-judicial records (treaties, land title, redress and reparation bills, commissions of inquiry, land restitution acts and historic preservation policy) across nation-states in the transpacific U.S. and Canada.