Viet N. Trinh is a doctoral candidate whose fields of specialization include twentieth-century United States history, race and ethnicity, urban history, Asian American history, and African American history. His dissertation-in-progress, entitled “Burning All Illusions: Race and Rebellion in the City of Angels, 1950-1992,” traces Los Angeles’ racial politics from Chief William H. Parker’s inauguration to the Rodney King Riots. In doing so, it uncovers black and Korean Angelenos’ entangled relationships with the police, with respectability politics, and with each other. Trinh’s other critical interests include historical memory, public humanities, oral history, empire, gender, and racial science.
Before moving to New England, Trinh studied at the University of California, Riverside, where he majored in History and minored in Creative Writing. He proudly hails from the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Area, where—once upon a time, not long ago—local college students created the world’s first ethnic studies departments.