Judy Yung Memorial Fund in Asian American/Pacific Islander Studies


The Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Department is proud to announce the inaugural 2022 Judy Yung Memorial Fellowship in Asian American/Pacific Islander Studies. CRES invites students from all levels (undergraduate and graduate) to apply for funding to support Asian-, Asian diasporic-, Pacific Islander-, and Pacific Islander diasporic-related research geared towards the preservation of oral histories and engagement of local community archives.


Judy Yung was born to immigrant parents from China in 1946 and grew up in San Francisco’s Chinatown where she attended both Chinese-language and American public schools. Inspired by her family’s connection to this location and the profound lack of materials about Chinese Americans in the library she worked in, Yung began her journey as a historian by establishing the library’s Chinese-language and Chinese American collections. Yung then began collecting oral histories and worked to archive and preserve the poems discovered on the walls of the Angel Island Immigration Station and in 1981 began to organize the first exhibit on Chinese American women, which would later become the book Chinese Women of America: A Pictorial History (University of Washington Press, 1986).

After receiving her PhD in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley, Yung helped establish the Asian American studies program at UC Santa Cruz where she also taught courses in women’s studies, oral history, and mixed-race studies. After her retirement, Yung continued to build critical resources on the history of Chinese Americans by authoring and co-authoring several books. Her scholarship powerfully transformed conversations surrounding the Chinese American experience by archiving a wealth of images, stories, and experiences that would have otherwise been lost to time.

This fellowship seeks to honor the spirit of Yung’s socially committed scholarship by supporting students who work in the community archives and/or work to preserve the oral histories of Asians, Asian American, Asian diasporic, Pacific Islander, Pacific Islander American, and Pacific Islander diasporic populations.


This application is open to UCSC undergraduate and graduate students with research interests in oral history and/or community archives. Preference will be given to CRES majors and Black Studies minors and graduate students with a Designated Emphasis in CRES. 

Application Requirements:

To apply, please submit the following PDF format via GOOGLE FORM:

  • 750-word project proposal
  • timeline of completion (Must indicate completion by end of 2023-2024 Academic Year)
  • resume/CV
  • itemized budget
  • Selected applicants will be expected to complete a final write up of their project that may be used on the CRES website and/or in the CRES Newsletters. Pictures to document the project will be encouraged.

    The final deadline to apply is Tuesday, February 20th 2024. For questions regarding this process, please reach out to Dejon Barber at DejonB@ucsc.edu You must be signed into your UCSC google account to submit this form.

Timeline: Tuesday February 20th 2024



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Prior Judy Yung Memorial Fellows


Jane Komori, History of Consciousness PhD Student

Jane Komori

With support from the Judy Yung Memorial Fellowship, I was grateful to be able to pursue a community-based research project related to my doctoral research. While holding the fellowship, I began to transcribe and translate a selection of the Japanese-language oral history recordings held at the Nikkei National Museum and Simon Fraser University that deal with Japanese Canadian forced labor on sugar beet farms and road construction camps during WWII mass incarceration.

While this is an ongoing and time-intensive project, I hope that in the future the translations will be made available alongside the oral history recordings. While there are a number of young Japanese and Asian Canadians researching mass incarceration, not all are able to complete research in Japanese, and I hope to make more of the scant records of first- and second-generation Japanese Canadians available to community members and researchers. Further, I have been honored to deal with these materials, which are unusual insofar as they deal explicitly with the experiences of Japanese Canadians who were forced to work during mass incarceration. This is an understudied and underappreciated aspect of mass incarceration that I hope to bring more attention to, both in terms of how we understand Japanese Canadian history and in terms of how we understand the broader history of settler colonialism and racial capitalism in Western Canada. 

Katrina Pagaduan, History major

Project: Watsonville is in the Heart