On Campus: IB 1047
Zoom ID: 451 154 2347
This event is open to the public.
In the past year, people of Asian descent have been the targets of hate crimes and other forms of systemic violence. These acts, particularly those that have taken place across the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Europe, have, for the most part, singled out the most vulnerable members of Asian communities, including the elderly, the working-class, and women. Most recently, the murders of eight people in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 16, six of whom were Asian women laboring in the massage parlor industry, have ignited a wave of social movements calling for the end of intersectional racism, misogyny and discrimination against those who are engaged in sex work, and those who labor in beauty, nail and massage parlors. What is the significance of this event, particularly for those in the Asian-American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in the U.S.? What debates around race, gender and labor have proliferated around the U.S. and the world since the shootings? How can the histories and experiences of migration, labor and activism among Asian immigrants and their allies cast new light on building cross-cultural ties between Asia, China and their diasporic groups in the Global South (Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America)?
This all-female panel features speakers will address these questions from historical and transnational perspectives. We will use the experiences of the AAPI communities as a stepping-stone to a broader conversation on intersectional violence that crosses gendered, class, racial, religious, and heteronormative lines. We begin by unpacking the significance of the Atlanta shootings, its ties to the deep historical roots of Asian-American activism, and its potentialities in building cross-racial and intersectional ties with other social movements around the world, including Black Lives Matter. By delving into the histories and diversity of AAPI identities and experiences, this panel aims to demonstrate how communities of care, safety and security can be built and empowered in the face of acts of systemic hate, violence and injustice.
• Amy Lee, lecturer, UC Berkeley
• Stephanie Chan, honors instructor, Foothill College
• Jennifer Cheng, poet and essayist
Amy Lee teaches at UC Berkeley’s Fall Program for Freshmen. She is a campaign researcher at Asian Immigrant Women Advocates and a member of the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project. Formerly, she worked with tenants facing building-wide evictions in New York City as a member of CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities. email@example.com
Jennifer S. Cheng is the author of “House A” (2016) and “Moon: Letters, Maps, Poems,” a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2018. She has received awards from Brown University, the University of Iowa, the National Endowment for the Arts, the U.S. Fulbright program, and the Academy of American Poets. www.jenniferscheng.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephanie Chan is a member of the English Department faculty at Foothill College and researches Asian Pacific American literature and food culture. She has published several works in Asian American Literature: Discourses and Pedagogies, including Refusing Food: Asian Pacific American Eaters in the World as Pedagogical Example. email@example.com
Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Contemporary China and the DKU Freedom Lab.