For some 40 years Professor Gerald (Gerry) Berreman of UC Berkeley pursued a longitudinal study of social inequality (caste, gender, class) and environment in their historical context in a Garhwal village (Sirkanda) and its region. By way of comparison in both culture and scale, he also studied ethnic diversity and inequality in the central bazaar of a city of the adjacent plains (Dehra Dun) and its surroundings. This narrative is a first-hand account of Gerry Berreman’s fieldwork in the village of Sarona, Chhattisgarh, India. He is now retired and living in the East Bay Area with his wife, Keiko.
Keiko Yamanaka, Ph.D., a sociologist, is a Continuing Lecturer in the Departments of Ethnic Studies and International & Area Studies (IAS) at University of California, Berkeley. She teaches: “Asian American Women,” “Introduction to Asian Studies,” and “Migration and Multiculturalism in Asia.” She has studied transnational migration and social transformation in Japan, including Japanese Brazilians and unauthorized Nepalese, and feminized migration and civil society for migrant workers in Asia.
Melissa is in her third year at USF pursuing a double-major in both Performing Arts & Social Justice–with a concentration in Dance, and Asian Studies. Originally from Central Massachusetts, she has been raised by an academic father and a bi-lingual (Chinese) mother to express through the arts. In bits of free time, she draws, takes film photography, and travels.