“I write [and make films] to record what others erase when I speak, to rewrite the stories others have miswritten about me, about you.”
Yessica Garcia Hernandez is a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow and filmmaker in the Department of Media and Cultural Studies at University of California, Riverside. Her research explores the ways immigrant communities create sonic identities within the genre of Mexican regional music. She uses a Chicana feminist lens to explore the intersections of gender and sexuality among fan clubs and paisa party crews of the late 90s and 2000s. In her book in progress, she particularly explores the popularity and fandom of late Chicana singer Jenni Rivera. She identifies as an artivist & public scholar, and is interested in the fields of working-class epistemologies, girl studies, sexuality studies, fat studies, porn studies, women of color feminisms, performance studies, queer studies, qualitative methods, photography and film ethnography.