Saundra Sturdevant was photojournalist specializing in women's labor issues. The collection contains many prints, slides and
negatives, as well as material for her book “Let the Good Times Roll: Prostitution and the U.S. Military in Asia.”
Saundra Pollack Sturdevant (d. 2013) was an Asian scholar, photojournalist, and activist specializing in women's labor issues.
Sturdevant grew up rural Missouri, earned her PhD in modern Chinese history at the University of Chicago, and attended UC
Berkeley for her post-doc, later teaching there. In the 1980s, she largely left academia for photography after she began taking
pictures in Beijing. For much of her career, Sturdevant focused on relations between overseas servicemen and the local "comfort"
industry, particularly in Asia. She founded the Migrant Photography Project in California, teaching photography and self-documentation
to women farmworkers. She also worked in India, Mexico and Hawaii, and was active in the Quakers’ American Friend Service
24 Linear Feet
(8 RSBs, 2 MBs, 13 flat boxes)
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