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Cecilia Tsu
Graduate Dissertation Fellow 2004-05, History

Cecilia TsuĀ is working on a dissertation titled "Grown in the 'Garden of the World': Race, Gender, and Agriculture in Santa Clara Valley, California, 1880-1940." Focusing on the Santa Clara Valley during its peak decades of orchard fruit production, Tsu makes the argument that white growers conceptualized the ideology of the family farm primarily in terms of gender, rather than race, until the arrival of Chinese and Japanese farmers during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. In this project, Tsu, a Ph.D. candidate in History at Stanford, demonstrates how farming informed residents' conceptions of gender roles and family structure, significantly affected race relations, and ultimately shaped their identity as Americans.