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Mimi Thi Nguyen is an associate professor of Gender and Women's Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois. Her research interests are war, empire and...zines!
I first encountered her work via her amazing blog (a collaboration with Minh Ha T Pham) called Threadbared. Her zine work includes Slander, Race Riot (that link is to a pdf made possible by the POC zine project!), and a couple years ago Guillotine Press put out a chapbook called PUNK, a conversation beween Golnar Nikpour and Mimi.
Her first book is called "The Gift of Freedom: War, Debt and other Refugee Passages" (Duke 2012).
Her website is here.
She describes her looks a "New wave party girl who is forced to teach", although her 9 yo friend thinks she looks like a Monster High Doll.
She also made some awesome book and music recommendations.
Please see www.dresscodecracker.com for images and more show notes!
twitter: @dresscodecrackr or @sarahinnis
and Mimi tweets at @Inzombia !
Thank you Mimi!
Another park interview! Zoe's an aspiring orthinologist and all the birds came out to see her. She's a harm reduction and hep C worker very dedicated to anti-poverty and social justice activism. Anarcho-feminism FTW!
She's a long term participant and contributor to Toronto's hardcore punk scene which informs her look.
She also DJs sometimes and guests on the CIUT show Equalizing Distort.
We discussed her DIY punk style, although she acknowledged a hippie side and her admiration of her grandmother who had a 'high femme homesteader' look.
She's a devotee of dresses, jewelry and accessories who loves Value Village but only really gets excited about shopping for books and records.