As the COVID-19 pandemic raged across the globe in 2020, divisive and racist rhetoric led to an alarming rise in hate crimes against Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities in the United States. But, anti-AAPI racism is not a result of this pandemic or even this rhetoric. Historically, AAPI communities have faced a multitude of systemic and institutionalized racism from exclusionary immigration policies to the use of Japanese American internment camps in the wake of the Pearl Harbor bombings of 1942. Join us as activists, academics and journalists explore this complex history and how they have built thriving and vibrant communities that are integral to the fabric of the United States.
Sherry Liang, Moderator, University of Georgia Student and Former Editor-in-Chief of The Red & Black
Priyanka Bhatt, Staff Attorney, Project South
Keva X Bui, PhD Candidate in Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego
Dr. Natasha Chen Christensen, Associate Professor of Sociology, Monroe Community College
Liz Koh, Morning Anchor, WAFB-TV
Eunice Kim, Program Manager, Stop AAPI Hate
Dr. Craig Santos Perez, Professor in the English Department at the University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa