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Responding to Anti-Asian Hate: Politics, Organizing, and Education

September 28, 2022

Anti-Asian racism has roared back with the COVID-19 pandemic. The sentiments that have fueled soaring hate crimes against AAPI communities, including killings of Asian American women in New York City and Atlanta and serial brutalization of the Asian American elderly, didn’t come from nowhere.

This kick-off seminar for the 2022-2023 Mellon Sawyer Seminar, “Natives and Nativists, Migrants and Immigrants in an American City,” draws together prominent scholars, activists, and educators to trace the origins of today’s anti-Asian hate, grapple with its continuing legacies, and envision ways to fight it in the present moment.

(10:00-10:10 am) Welcome Address by Chancellor Nancy Cantor

(10:10-11:40 am) A Conversation between Mae Ngai and Cathy Park Hong
Mae Ngai, Columbia University
Cathy Park Hong, Rutgers University, Newark
Moderated by Rose Cuison-Villazor, Rutgers Law School, Newark

(1:00-2:30 pm) Finding Common Ground: The Promises and Perils of Immigrant and Interracial Organizing
Deepa Iyer, SolidarityIs, Building Movement Project
Vivian Truong, Swarthmore College
Ellen Wu, Indiana University Bloomington
Diane Wong, Rutgers University, Newark
Chaired and moderated by Jamie Lew, Rutgers University, Newark

(3:00-4:30 pm) Make Us Visible: The Fight to Incorporate AAPI and Immigrant Histories in K-12 Education
Jason Chang, University of Connecticut
Julia Wang, Immigrant History Initiative
Kathy Lu, Immigrant History Initiative
Chaired and moderated by Jack Tchen, Rutgers University, Newark


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54 Halsey Street, 2nd floor, Room 213
Newark, 07102
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