Greetings! I'm Dr. Anna Naruta-Moya.  I'm an archivist and researcher. I specialize in tracking down hard-to-find information. 

This blog is to share emerging research I'm uncovering as a 2014 New Mexico History Scholar. This is an award given to my research proposal by the University of New Mexico Center for Regional Studies Director Tobías Durán, the Office of the State Historian, and the Historical Society of New Mexico.  

I am researching into the Chinese heritage of New Mexico. In part this is due to the encouragement of my mentor, Philip P. Choy.  Among Phil's many accomplishments in research and historic preservation, he and Him Mark Lai, another mentor I was fortunate to do projects under, developed and team-taught the first-ever courses on the Chinese heritage of California. (Given the success of their work, it can be hard to image there was ever a time when the Chinese American history in California was overlooked and discounted.) 

Until recently, I lived in the Bay Area, in Oakland, California. That's (mainly) where I studied Chinese, as my dissertation advisor L. Ling-chi Wang noted that if I was going to research California history, I had better learn Chinese. (It was a good idea.) Before working for Stanford University as a processing and reference archivist, I served for a number of years as the director of archives and exhibitions of the Chinese Historical Society of America in San Francisco, and completed a number of research and exhibition projects in this area. The flagship exhibit I originated for them and launched in a partnership with the Judicial Historical Society of the Northern District of California in 2007 is today still touring the US. Under the mentorship of Philip P. Choy, Him Mark Lai, and the amazing scholar Connie Young Yu, I served as the lead curator for The Chinese of California, the first-ever collaborative exhibition of the Bancroft Library, the California Historical Society, and the Chinese Historical Society of America. The California Historical Society, the host venue, reported this exhibition set an all-time attendance record for them.

The dissertation I completed for the University of California, Berkeley, "Racialization Processes, Land, and Policy in the Context of California’s Chinese Exclusion Movements, 1850 to 1910 –-
History and Archaeology of the Chinatowns and Early Development of Sacramento, San Jose, Los Angeles, Riverside, and Oakland, California," is currently under revision for publication.

One characteristic shared by the scholars I was fortunate enough to work with is that they always made their contributions in scholarship and in the real world. They made their work matter. 

I'm excited at getting into the archives here and uncovering materials related to the Chinese heritage of New Mexico.

I'll be giving a talk this summer for the Santa Fe Opera, and this fall for the Maxwell Museum. In the meantime, I'll be sharing some findings here.  Hope to see you around.