TMABS Co-Founders Bio:
Kevin Escudero – University of California at Berkeley
Kevin Escudero is a doctoral student in the Department of Comparative Ethnic Studies at the
University of California, Berkeley. He received both his BA and MA degrees in Latin American
Studies from UCLA. Kevin’s research interests center around the formation of mixed race identity and
the multiracial movement of the late 1990s as well as cinematic and media representations of mixed
Joina Hsiao – University of California at Berkeley
Joina Hsiao is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Comparative Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. She
received her BA (in History and Asian American Studies) and MA (in History) at UC Irvine. Joina’s
research interests revolve around notions of diasporic/transnational theories; comparative racialization
processes of Asians throughout the Americas; intersectional approaches to race, gender, and class; and
finally, Chinese/Taiwanese migration patterns and communities in Brazil.
Ariko Ikehara – University of California at Berkeley
Ariko Ikehara is a Ph. D. student in the Department of Comparative Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley.
She received MA in Interdisciplinary Arts Degree at San Francisco State University with an emphasis
in inter-media performance art. Ariko is mixedlingual of Okinawan-Japanese-English, has written
articles (Japanese) for Okinawa Times newspaper, and presented her work in Japanese. Her current project, BlackOkinawa, maps the black-Asian socio-cultural-political history in Okinawa.