LSU Reilly Center’s ‘Racism: Dismantling the System’ Season Opener To Cover Anti-Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Racism

September 20, 2021

BATON ROUGE—Racism experienced in Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities is highlighted in the first episode of the LSU Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs’ “Racism: Dismantling the System” virtual series. Anti-AAPI Racism and Its Effects will contribute to the global discussion on Asian and Pacific Islander racism brought to the forefront during the COVID-19 pandemic. Join the discussion on Tuesday, Sept. 28, at 3:30 p.m. CT by registering on Eventbrite.

September’s conversation will delve into the complex history of AAPI racism, from exclusionary immigration policies to the use of Japanese American internment camps. The episode is inspired by the Stop AAPI Hate movement and efforts to highlight the often overlooked systemic and institutionalized racism that affects AAPI communities.

Sherry Liang, University of Georgia student and former editor-in-chief of an independent, student-run newspaper The Red & Black, will moderate the conversation featuring academics, activists and journalists.

"I'm thrilled to learn from this panel of experts across academia, media, activism and other disciplines," Liang said. "I hope our conversation illustrates a more holistic picture of the strides and adversities Asian American and Pacific Islanders continue to face."

The LSU Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs will host the episode in partnership with Southern University and A&M College’s Nelson Mandela College of Government and Social Sciences, Louisiana Budget Project, NAACP Louisiana State Conference and the LSU Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. 

Panelists include:

  • Priyanka Bhatt, Staff Attorney, Project South
  • Keva X Bui, Ph.D. Candidate in Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego
  • Natasha Chen Christensen, Associate Professor of Sociology, Monroe Community College
  • Liz Koh, Morning Anchor, WAFB-TV
  • Eunice Kim, Program Manager, Stop AAPI Hate
  • Craig Santos Perez, Professor in the English Department at the University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa

The series will be hosted on Zoom and broadcast on Facebook Live. Admission is free, but you must register in advance on Eventbrite to receive the Zoom meeting access code. Previous episodes are available for viewing on the Manship School’s YouTube channel. For more information, contact


The Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs is partnership-driven, action-oriented and dedicated to exploring contemporary issues at the intersection of mass communication and public life. Its interdisciplinary approach draws together experts from diverse fields to advance research and dialogue. The intent is to inspire our communities to think deeply, take action, develop solutions and broaden knowledge. Underlying the Center’s endeavors is to strengthen and advance the Manship School’s national and state leadership in media and politics.

LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication ranks among the strongest collegiate communication programs in the country, with its robust emphasis on media and public affairs. It offers undergraduate degrees in public relations, journalism, political communication, digital advertising and pre-law, along with four graduate degree programs: master of mass communication, Ph.D. in media and public affairs, certificate of strategic communication and dual MMC/law degree.

The Nelson Mandela College of Government and Social Sciences at Southern University and A&M College aims to provide opportunities for a diverse student population to achieve a high-quality educational experience, to engage in scholarly research, creative activities and meaningful public service to the community, the state, the nation, and global environment. Located on the campus of Southern University and A&M College, the flagship of the nation's only HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) System, the College offers six baccalaureate, four masters, and one doctoral degree program.

The Louisiana Budget Project (LBP) monitors and reports on state public policies and how they affect Louisiana’s low- to moderate-income families. Using research, outreach and advocacy, LBP educates policymakers, the nonprofit community and the public about the economic and racial barriers that Louisianans face each day, and looks for solutions that can create a more widely shared prosperity.

The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.

The LSU Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is a division of the Office of Academic Affairs and provides support, referral, and information to students, faculty, and staff on issues and concerns related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. For more information, please visit