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Asian American Studies Center Events


Upcoming Events
Friday, November 20, 2020 | 11:00 - 12:30pm
 

Via Zoom, Register for Link: http://asianamactivists.eventbrite.com

Join us for a special discussion on Asian American solidarity and social and activist movements with speakers Ed Nakawatase, Marion Kwan, and Kabzuag Vaj, and moderated with Kelly N. Fong. This event is co-organized by the UCLA Asian American Studies Center and Department and East Wind E-Zine.

Ed Nakawatase was active with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in Georgia in the 1960s. Ed went on to work with American Friends Service Committee and became AFSC's National Representative for Native American Affairs for 31 years. He is now active with Asian Americans United in Philadelphia.

Marion Kwan was active with the Delta Ministry in Mississippi in the 1960s. Marion went on to do grass-roots organizing, social protests and education in San Francisco with Chinatown YWCA Young Adult Program, Peace Caravan - American Friends Service Committee, anti-Vietnam War protests, counselor for low-income students at City College of San Francisco. She is now active with San Francisco Bay Area Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement.

 

Kabzuag Vaj is the Founder and co-Executive Director of Freedom Inc based in Wisconsin. In the past 20 years, Kabzuag has spent her life working to build collective power and social change within Southeast Asian and Black communities. She was recognized as a Champion of Change at the White House during Domestic Violence Awareness month in 2011, and was named one of "20 Women of Color in Politics to Watch in 2020" by She the People.

Supported by UCLA Association of Hmong Students, United Khmer Students, Vietnamese Student Union, Asian Pacific Coalition, Pacific Ties Newsmagazine.



Thursday, November 19, 2020 | 4:00 - 5:30pm
 

Via Zoom - Register for link


How are struggles against anti-black racism in the United States connected to a longer history of global movements against racial capitalism? This event features two distinguished scholars who will discuss the stakes of transnational solidarity politics for racial and decolonial liberation in Latin America and across Asia and the Pacific. Their talks highlight the origins and the need to internationalize the fight against racism in the context of Cold War militarism and US empire-building abroad as well as grassroots struggles for racial justice at home. They also highlight the rich political traditions and histories of radical Black artists and intellectuals in engaging with and advancing emancipatory movements against racial capitalism around the world.

Featured Speakers:

  • Christine Hong (Associate Professor, UC-Santa Cruz) - "Gulag" North Korea?: Black Antifascist Critique of U.S. "Police Action" in Korea
  • Anne Garland Mahler (Associate Professor, UVA) - Racial Capitalism and Solidarity Movements from the Americas to the Globe

Moderator: Katsuya Hirano, Associate Professor, History

Main organizers: UCLA Program on Caribbean Studies and Center for Korean Studies

Co-sponsors: Asian American Studies Center, African Studies Center, Department of Asian American Studies, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies



Thursday, November 19, 2020 | 12:15 - 1:45pm
 

Via Zoom (Webinar Link)


In LA Rising: Korean Relations with Blacks and Latinos after Civil Unrest, Kyeyoung Park revisits the Los Angeles unrest of 1992 and the interethnic and racial tensions that emerged. The 1992 civil unrest in Los Angeles produced complex tragedies for racial minorities. Rather than being about Black-White issues or "Black Rage," the uprising pitted people of color against one another with Korean merchants bearing more than half of the total property damage. Twenty-five years later the disturbance requires re-analysis, correcting some misinformation previously presented. More importantly, differential access to the state and capital tends to affect racial relations--the relation of Latinos to Koreans as well as Blacks to Whites in South LA, thus feeding racial tension. Ethnic divisions manifest a racial matrix. To understand these divisions, it is useful to display them graphically--as a map. This is what Park calls "racial cartography." At its heart this is a case study of racial and class relations amplified by cultural relations.


Professor Kyeyoung Park is a faculty member in the departments of Anthropology and Asian American Studies at UCLA. Her publications include The Korean American Dream: Immigrants and Small Business in New York City (Cornell University Press, 1997) which won the award for Outstanding Book from the Association for Asian American Studies.



Wednesday, November 18, 2020 | 3:00 - 4:00pm
 

Via Zoom. Register for Link.


Join us on Wednesday, November 18th at 3pm for the annual IAC Fall Forum featuring the 2020—21 IAC visiting researchers and scholars, graduate and predoctoral fellows, and research grant awardees at UCLA's four ethnic studies centers. Scholars representing the four centers will talk about their research and goals.

 

Featuring:

AJ Kim, PhD, Associate Professor of City Planning in the School of Public Affairs at San Diego State University, interviewed by Professor Karen Umemoto (Urban Planning and Asian American Studies)
Topic: (un)Sanctioned Atlanta: Immigrants Making Place in the New South

Nicholas Barron, PhD, Associate Faculty of Anthropology at Mission College, Santa Clara, interviewed by Associate Professor Erin Debenport (Anthropology)
Topic: Salvaging Anthropology, Unsettling Sovereignty

Farzana Saleem, PhD, UCLA Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow - Bunche Center, interviewed by Professor Tyrone Howard (Education and African American Studies)
Topic: Addressing Racial Stress and Trauma and Utilizing Racial Socialization in Families in Schools

José A. Muñoz, PhD, Associate Professor of Sociology at California State University, San Bernardino, interviewed by Professor Matt A. Barreto (Political Science and Chicana/o and Central American Studies)
Topic: Hidden Burdens: The Experiences of Latino First-Generation and Working-Class Sociologists

Moderated by: Christopher Soto, Assistant Director of Development, UCLA Institute of American Cultures

Organized by the Institute of American Cultures and co-sponsored by the American Indian Studies Center, Asian American Studies Center, Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, Chicano Studies Research Center, American Indian Studies Interdepartmental Program, Department of Asian American Studies, Department of African American Studies, César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o and Central American Studies, and UCLA Alumni Diversity Programs & Initiatives.

Register at https://bit.ly/3kiP6m6.



Friday, November 13, 2020 | 1:00 - 2:20pm
 

This series features presentations and conversations that center the experiences of minoritized communities during the current crisis. Speakers will address the divergent effects of the pandemic across a range of genres and histories, thinking with and against longer histories of dispossession, inequality, and injustice.


Speakers: (Longer bio on Eventbrite page)

  • Don Operario, Professor of Public Health, Brown University
  • Ninez Ponce, Professor of Health Policy and Management UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
  • RJ Taggueg, Director of Research for the Carlos Bulosan Center for Filipinx Studies and graduate student in Sociology, UC Davis

Moderated by: Gilbert Gee, Professor of Community Health Sciences, UCLA Fielding Schools of Public Health



Registration: https://tinyurl.com/y2fetg3p


This event is sponsored by the UCLA Asian American Studies Center, the UCLA Asian American Studies Department, the Carlos Bulosan Center for Filipinx Studies. With support from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.



Sunday, October 11, 2020 | 1:00 - 3:00pm
 

Join UCLA AASC and Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute for a Special Launch event for Rockin’ the Boat by Mary Uyematsu Kao.

 

Rockin' the Boat: Flashbacks of the 1970s Asian Movement (UCLA AASC Press) chronicles the Asian American Movement that occurred in major cities across the country, with the main focus on the Los Angeles-area. A 288-page book with over 400 photographs from 1969-1974, by Mary Uyematsu Kao.


RSVP: rockinboat.eventbrite.com



Tuesday, October 6, 2020 | 12:00 — 1:30pm
 

Join UCLA AASC for a discussion on California’s Proposition 16!


Proposition 16 is one of the most important ballot initiatives addressing the issue of racial justice in California. There are many myths and misunderstandings surrounding this bill that reverses Proposition 209 (1996) and allows for the consideration of race, sex, and ethnicity among other factors in public contracting, civil service employment, and public higher education admissions decisions. Learn from researchers, policymakers, and organizers about the facts and future impacts of Proposition 16 as we get out the vote in the November elections.


Before the event, learn about Proposition 16: Allow Diversity as a Factor in Public Employment, Education, and Contracting Decisions from the California Secretary of State Official Voter Information Guide: https://voterguide.sos.ca.gov/propositions/16/analysis.htm


Speakers

  • Al Muratsuchi, Assemblymember, District 66
  • Robert Teranishi, Professor of Social Science and Education, Morgan and Helen Chu Endowed Chair in Asian American Studies, Co-Director, Institute for Immigration, Globalization and Education
  • Paul Ong, Research Professor and Director of Center for Neighborhood Knowledge, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
  • Tavae Samuelu, Executive Director, Empowering Pacific Islander Communities
  • Andy Wong, Campaign Manager & Steering Committee, Vote Yes on Prop 16 – Opportunity for All Coalition

Moderators

  • Natalie Masuoka, Chair UCLA Asian American Studies Department & Professor Political Science & AAS
  • Jason Vu, President, UCLA Vietnamese Student Union

Organized by UCLA Asian American Studies Center.

Co-Sponsored by Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council, UCLA Asian American Studies Department, Vietnamese Student Union, Pacific Islander Student Association, Asian Pacific Coalition, Bruins for Prop 16.


REGISTER: http://prop16aapi.eventbrite.com



Saturday, October 3, 2020 | 1:00 pm
 

Free poetry workshop with Tony Robles, "The People's Poet" and Writer-in-Residence at the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site


Writer and housing justice advocate, Tony Robles leads a special poetry-writing workshop reflecting back on the poetry of his uncle, Al Robles. This event is a free online workshop and is open to the public. Space is limited!


Tony Robles, "The People's Poet" was born in San Francisco and is the author of 2 poetry/short story collections, "Cool Don’t Live Here No More--A letter to San Francisco" and "Fingerprints of a Hunger Strike", published by Ithuriel's Spear. He is the current Writer in Residence at the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site in Flat Rock, North Carolina. Was short list nominated for Poet Laureate of San Francisco in 2018 and individual literary artist grantee of the San Francisco Art Commission in 2019. His novel, "The Halo Halo House" will be published in 2021 by Paloma Press. He currently resides in Western North Carolina.


This the second part of our 2-part series honoring the work and impact of poet, historian, and social justice activist Al Robles, in celebration of Filipino American History Month and the recent expanded edition of his classic poetry collection 'Rappin' With Ten Thousand Carabaos in the Dark' (UCLA AASC Press).


The first part of the series, a special reading and discussion entitled "Our poetry is the/ Best part of our struggle/ Our struggle is the/ Best part of our poetry: Reflections of the work and impact of Al Robles" will be on Friday, October 2nd. See more about the event here.


Copies of the expanded edition of 'Rappin' With Ten Thousand Carabaos in the Dark' are currently available for sale via the UCLA AASC Press Online Store.


The event is organized by the UCLA Asian American Studies Center.


Co-sponsored by: UCLA Asian American Studies Department (AASD), Pilipino Studies Minor at UCLA AASD, Manilatown Heritage Foundation, Pilipino Workers Center, FilAm Arts, Philippine American Writers and Artists, Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies, Puro Arte, Sunday Jump, The Digital Sala, Tres Marix, Filipino American National Historical Society — San Diego Chapter


RSVP: http://frommanilatown.eventbrite.com



Friday, October 2, 2020 | 3:30 - 5:00 pm
 

A reading and discussion on the work and impact of Filipino-American poet and activist Al Robles


Join us for a special program that will feature reflections on the work and impact of poet, historian, and social justice activist Al Robles, in celebration of Filipino American History Month and the recent expanded edition of his classic poetry collection 'Rappin' With Ten Thousand Carabaos in the Dark' (UCLA AASC Press).


Featured poets include:

Shirley Ancheta

Russell Leong

Oscar Peñaranda

Tony Robles

Janice Lobo Sapigao

Irene Soriano Saxon


With event emcee, Professor Lucy Mae San Pablo Burns


As part of this event series, UCLA AASC is also presenting a poetry writing workshop with writer and housing justice advocate, Tony Robles, nephew of Al Robles, on Saturday, October 3rd. Workshop info is forthcoming.


Copies of the expanded edition of 'Rappin' With Ten Thousand Carabaos in the Dark' are currently available for sale via the UCLA AASC Press Online Store.


The event is organized by the UCLA Asian American Studies Center.


Co-sponsored by UCLA Asian American Studies Department (AASD), Pilipino Studies Minor at UCLA AASD, Manilatown Heritage Foundation, Pilipino Workers Center, Philippine American Writers and Artists, Bulosan Center for Filipino American Studies, FilAm Arts, Puro Arte, Sunday Jump, Digital Sala, Tres Marix, FANHS – Orange County and Inland Empire.


RSVP: http://ourpoetry.eventbrite.com



Thursday, October 1, 2020
 

In collaboration with Cornell University, UCLA, Barnard College (Columbia University), University of Toronto, Rutgers University, and Los Angeles' Visual Communications (VC), you are invited to an international screening of A Thousand Cuts by Ramona Diaz, followed a panel featuring Maria Ressa (Rappler), Jinee Lokaneeta (Drew University), and Gina Dent (UCSC). This panel will be moderated by Neferti Tadiar (Barnard College).


Film Screening Date: Thursday, October 1, 2020 (Film available for streaming in US and Canada)


Film Screening Location: Film viewing instructions will be sent after you.


Film Description: With press freedom under threat in the Philippines, A Thousand Cuts goes inside the escalating war between the government and the press. The documentary follows Maria Ressa, a renowned journalist who has become a top target of President Rodrigo Duterte's crackdown on the news media. Produced, written, and directed by Ramona S. Diaz (IMELDA, MOTHERLAND).


Film Registration Information: Register for the Screening by Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 8pm EDT.


Film Registration Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-thousand-cuts-media-freedom-and-authoritarian-brutality-registration-120320332353




Panel Discussion Date and Time: October 1, 8pm EDT (8am+1 Philippines)


Panel Description: Following the screening of A Thousand Cuts, please join us for a panel featuring Maria Ressa (Rappler), Jinee Lokaneeta (Drew University), Gina Dent (UCSC), moderated by Neferti Tadiar (Barnard College). The film focuses on the current effects of Rodrigo Duterte's infamous "war on drugs" and the shutting down of independent news outlets as well as the arrest, detention, threats and humiliation of journalists, including Maria Ressa. This post-screening panel focuses on policing, state violence, and how the media and ideological landscapes enable populism and authoritarianism across the Philippines, U.S. and India. The discussion also serves as the staging ground for transnational forms of creativity, solidarity, and resistance.


Panel Registration Info: https://cornell.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__uiiWtuvRUmcoAr1CzHziQ




Thursday, August 27, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm
 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this seminar will be held exclusively online via Zoom.


The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed and exacerbated disparities in access to health care and other resources, and most strikingly across the diverse racial and ethnic groups across the U.S. It has not only devastated communities, it has illuminated the inequities in our health care system.


For Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (NHPIs)—who are seeing rates of infection up to five times that of white people here in L.A. County—a lack of disaggregated race and ethnicity data has made them invisible. So how does a group which has often been masked by a lack of meaningful data become unhidden? The brand-new Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) COVID-19 Data Policy Lab at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research (CHPR) is looking to change that—by revealing targeted data for NHPIs across the nation in order to better deploy resources and other actions to help the disproportionately affected population.


This vibrant, diverse, and close-knit community experiences extremely high rates of chronic diseases including diabetes, certain cancers, and heart disease, obesity, and asthma, and coupled with fewer financial resources, large multi-generational households, densely populated neighborhoods, and nearly 25% working in essential jobs, places them at significantly higher risk for COVID-19.


The NHPI COVID-19 Data Policy Lab will address striking gaps within data and research for NHPIs including the need to increase the number of states reporting disaggregated NHPI COVID-19 cases—which only 30% of states are doing—and calling attention to NHPIs experiencing the highest COVID-19 rates of any racial and ethnic group here in California and throughout the country including Arkansas, Washington, Hawaii, Oregon, and Utah. Presenters will debut a dashboard that highlights the disproportionate impact COVID-19 has had on this community.


Enlisting the help of passionate students and recent graduates from across the country, UCLA CHPR Director Ninez Ponce is honored to introduce the NHPI COVID-19 Data Policy Lab at UCLA CHPR, with scholars Richard Calvin Chang, Corina Penaia, Karla Thomas, Vananh Tran, John Greer, and Nicholas Pierson.


Data produced by Ponce and the team have been used in testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, featured in news media, and will be included in the Health Affairs blog.


This webinar is co-sponsored by the National Pacific Islander COVID-19 Response Team, the Southern California Pacific Islander COVID-19 Response Team, and the UCLA Asian American Studies Center.


Register today!



Wednesday, August 12, 2020 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm
 

Join us for an in-depth look into our newest publications!


Mountain Movers: Student Activism & The Emergence of Asian American Studies with Karen Umemoto, Russell Jeung, Harvey Dong, Lisa Tsuchitani and Arnold Pan


Rockin' the Boat: Flashbacks of the 1970s Asian Movement with Mary Uyematsu Kao


Mixed Race Student Politics: A Rising “Third Wave” Movement at UCLA with Robert Chao Romero and James Ong



Tuesday, August 11, 2020 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm
 

Learn about the newest Amerasia Journal at our issue launch! We will feature senior editor Judy Wu (UC Irvine), guest editors Monisha Das Gupta (University of Hawai'i at Mānoa) and Lynn Fujiwara (University of Oregon), as well as some of our contributors. You can check out the abstracts from the issue, as well as read the editors' introduction at https://bit.ly/amerj461.



Thursday, July 30, 2020 | 2:00 pm
 

During this family-friendly workshop, you'll explore Virtual Manzanar and the Suitcase Activity in Minecraft, watch the short film "Boy Scouts of Heart Mountain" and meet Bill Shishima, who was a boy scout at Heart Mountain!


Led by a team from UCLA, Building History 3.0 Project is a collection of free and ready-to-use activities, games, and lesson plans for learning at home and in school. Designed to teach kids about the World War II Japanese American incarceration camps, the project offers short documentaries, worksheets, game-based learning activities in Minecraft, and more!


Please register for free at www.buildinghistoryproject.com/events

Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/359369978379469



Monday, July 27, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
 

With the eviction moratorium set to be lifted on September 30, 2020,about 365,000 renter households in Los Angeles County are in imminent danger of eviction and homelessness according to a recent study from the UCLA Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy. Please join us for a virtual public forum with housing justice researchers and community organizers to discuss the tenants' rights crisis and what can be done to mitigate the damage to Angelenos through enforceable rights and robust protections.

The event will feature research findings from the following reports.


Speakers:
Gary Blasi, UCLA Law School
Ananya Roy, UCLA Luskin Institute on Inequality & Democracy
Paul Ong, UCLA Center for Neighborhood Knowledge
Jane Nguyen, Ktown for All
Leonardo Vilchis & Elizabeth Blaney, Union de Vecinos
Jason Li & Tenant Organizer, Chinatown Community for Equitable Development

Moderator: Karen Umemoto, UCLA Asian American Studies Center


Download the Flyer here

RSVP: https://rentmoratorium.eventbrite.com



Friday, July 24, 2020 | 2:00 pm
 

During this family-friendly workshop, you'll explore Virtual Manzanar and the Suitcase Activity in Minecraft and meet Marie Tajima from our short film "Marie's Dolls." As a young girl, Marie was forced to give up her precious Japanese doll collection before going to Heart Mountain. Hear her story and find out how she reunites with her dolls 80 years later!


Led by a team from UCLA, Building History 3.0 Project is a collection of free and ready-to-use activities, games, and lesson plans for learning at home and in school. Designed to teach kids about the World War II Japanese American incarceration camps, the project offers short documentaries, worksheets, game-based learning activities in Minecraft, and more!


Please register for free at www.buildinghistoryproject.com/events

Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/586183588622690



Thursday, June 4, 2020 | 3:30 pm
 

Presented by UCLA Asian American Studies 176: the Philippines and its Elsewheres


In celebration of Cornell University's Southeast Asian Studies 70th Year and UCLA's new minor in Pilipino Studies, we invite you to join in the live streaming event of the play adaptation of Carlos Bulosan's short story "The Romance of Magno Rubio," produced by New York's Theater Ma-Yi. Streaming will be followed with Q&A and discussion with Dr. Joi Barrios, Filipino Studies lecturer and award-winning writer, UC Berkeley; actors Jojo Gonzalez, and Ron Domingo. This event honors Dr. Dawn Mabalon who continues to inspire us.


Set in Central Valley, California in the 1930s, the play focuses on Magno Rubio, an illiterate Filipino farmworker and his pen-pal courtship with Clarabelle, a white woman from Arkansas who advertises in the back pages of a "lonely hearts" magazine. Believing he's found the woman of his dreams, Magno fantasizes about their life together, only to soon realize that reality and dreams do not always align.


This recording theatrical production of one of Carlos Bulosan's short stories has been made available by Theater Ma-Yi, a three-decades-old award-winning Asian American Theater company.


Organized by Professors Christine Balance (Cornell U) and Lucy Burns (UCLA); Sponsored by Cornell SEA, UCLA Asian American Studies Dept, UCLA Asian American Studies Center, UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Cornell U Asian American Studies. Co-sponsors Pin@y Educational Partnerships (PEP), Bulosan Center for Filpino Studies, Bridge + Delta Publishing, UCLA's Vietnamese Student Association.


Register for the webinar:

https://cornell.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcucOurqTgvG9VphpcWUdjRtdlIS6ShbUgo



Monday, June 1, 2020 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
 

Join the UCLA Asian American Studies Center and UCLA School of Nursing to talk about stories from the front lines of COVID-19 and standing against COVID-19 & Anti-Asian racism.


Moderators:

Deborah Koniak-Griffin, Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, UCLA School of Nursing

Karen Umemoto, Professor & Director UCLA Asian American Studies Center


Speakers:

Emma Cuenca, Assistant Adjunct Professor, UCLA School of Nursing - "Filipino/a/x and Asian Health Care Professionals on the Front Lines"


Shi Zhang, MD, Internal Medicine, Hospitalist, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center & UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica - "Risks and Sacrifices of Health Professionals"


Gilbert Gee, Ph.D. , Professor, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health - "Disease and Anti-Asian Racism: How the Past Informs the Present"


Manjusha Kulkarni, JD, Executive Director, Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON), Co-Founder, STOP AAPI HATE Reporting Center - "What You Can Do to Fight the Hate and Show the Love"


Organized by UCLA School of Nursing & UCLA Asian American Studies Center

Co-Sponsored by: UCLA Public Health, Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council (A3PCON), UCLA Asia Pacific Center, UCLA International Institute, UCLA Institute of American Cultures, UCLA Alumni - Diversity Programs & Initiatives, Asian Pacific Alumni of UCLA, Pilipino American Alumni, Asian Pacific Coalition, Pacific Ties Newsmagazine, Pilipino American Graduate Student Association


RSVP: uclahs.fyi/whythehate