Shades of Brown: Domestic Workers in the Global City


Feb. 22, 2019, 7:30pm to 9pm

Office/Remote Location

Room 135
photograph of Christopher Patterson


The College of Liberal Arts’ University Forum Lecture Series presents “Shades of Brown: Domestic Workers in the Global City,” a talk by Christopher Patterson, Assistant Professor, The Social Justice Institute, University of British Columbia.

Patterson examines representations of migrant domestic workers in literature, film, and digital texts, focusing on workers who inhabit spaces known for sexual promiscuity and prostitution--Hong Kong, Bahrain, Honolulu, and Las Vegas. Within these spaces, migrant domestic workers are compelled to perform within “shades of brown”, a term that signifies racial ambiguity and mixture but also presumes brown women as lower-class migrant labor. Works about and by domestic workers demonstrates how domestic workers transition within shades of brown to contrast the highly sexualized city-scape around them, and, occasionally, to feel at home in same-sex romances and queer cultural spaces.

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This event is free and open to the public. 

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External Sponsor

Sponsored by College of Liberal Arts – Dean’s Office, Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art,  and co-sponsored by the Departments of English and Asian Studies.