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(Season 2) Episode 10: #StopAsianHate

Updated: Apr 12, 2021

Despite the backdrop of anti-racism protests last summer with the death of George Floyd, racist violence is surging in other places, primarily the AAPI community, across the country.

We want to continue the conversation about the history connected to Xenophobic, racist attacks in America, as well as explore how ally ship extends across different communities, namely the Black and Asian community. Other topics we will explore are the following: historical instances of solidarity and conflict, essential terms like "middleman theory," "imposter syndrome," "the model minority myth", and how the role of white supremacy intersects with America's perspective of minorities.

Featured on Episode 10 of Black Fam 2.5...

Edward T. Chang is Professor of Ethnic Studies and founding Director of the Young Oak Kim Center for Korean American Studies at the University of California at Riverside. He earned his B.A. (1982) in Sociology and Ph.D. (1990) in Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley and M.A. (1984) in Asian American Studies at UCLA.

Chang is author of eleven books, seven edited volumes, and numerous articles. His latest book is the Korean Americans: A Concise History (2019) and Pachappa Camp: The First Koreatown in the United States (2018). He also published Korean translation of Lonesome Journey by Korea University Press in 2016. Chang co-authored Korean American Pioneer Aviators: The Willows Airmen and the Korean book titled 1920, Opening the Skies of Korea (2013). He also translated the Korean book Unsung Hero: The Story of Col. Young Oak Kim (2011) into English which was published by the YOK Center at UC Riverside. He has written for the Los Angeles Times, Korea Daily, and the Korea Times, and his commentary has aired on KBS radio and Radio Korea. His publications have been translated into Korean and Japanese.

Professor Chang has studied and been a voice of the Korean community for more than 25 years. He is a leading expert on the Los Angeles Riots, race relations between Korean and African American communities, and Korean Americans. Professor Chang lectured on the topics of Korean-African American Relations and the Los Angeles civil unrest and its impact on the Korean American community at many universities around the country. Chang was quoted widely in the press on issues relating to the LA civil unrest and their aftermath. He served as a field reporter and consultant for LA is Burning: Five Reports from a Divided City, a PBS Frontline special program on the unrest. Since then, Chang's continued research and speaking on matters relating to building peace in interethnic communities has shown that his interest in this subject goes far beyond one of crisis management and beyond the issues of one urban neighborhood. He has also continued his efforts to motivate the mainstream media to portray race relations in America as an issue that is larger and more complex than simply black and white.

Professor Chang received the "President's Award" from the President of the Republic of Korea for his efforts leading a national campaign to gain support and raise funds for the development and institutionalization of an achievement test (SAT II) on the Korean language for high school students seeking college admission in 1995. Chang also received numerous awards including the "John Anson Ford Award" from the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission (1995), an "Education Award" from the Asian American Studies Center at UCLA (1995), the "Global Korea Award" from Michigan State University (1995), and the "Distinguished Korean American Award" from SUNY at Stony Brook. Chang is a board member of the Council of Korean Americans and Adviser of the Overseas Koreans Foundation. He also serves as “AAPI in California Advisory Committee” of the California State Historic Preservation Office.

Dhanika Pineda is a Filipina-American second year Literary Journalism Major and International Studies Minor at the University of California, Irvine. Originally from Hayward, California, Dhanika is passionate about local journalism and committed to pursuing journalism that spotlights cultural stories, especially within the Filipino and further AAPI community. She is passionate about educating young people like herself on humanitarian issues as they relate to politics on an international scale, and is committed to finding ways to open conversations surrounding these topics for students, especially high schoolers. Dhanika pursues this through Model UN, and she will be leading UCIMUN’s Third Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian Committee during this year’s High School conference, during which students will be discussing xenophobia and the persecution of minorities, as a Committee Director. She is currently a Campus News Co-Editor at the New University, and has previously worked with the Tri-City Voice, a local Bay Arean newspaper.

Originally from Việt Nam, Yến Lê Espiritu is Distinguished Professor of Ethnic Studies. An award-winning author, she has published extensively on Asian American panethnicity, gender and migration, and U.S. colonialism and wars in Asia. Her most recent book, Body Counts: The Vietnam War and Militarized Refuge(es) (UC Press, 2014) charts an interdisciplinary field of critical refugee studies, which reconceptualizes “the refugee” not as an object of rescue but as a site of social and political critiques. Espiritu has served several terms as Chair of the Ethnic Studies Department, and also as its Director of Undergraduate Studies and Director of Graduate Studies. She has also served as the President of the Association of Asian American Studies and Vice President of the Pacific Sociological Association. She is a Founding Member of the Critical Refugee Studies Collective whose aim is to integrate scholarly, policy, artistic, legal, diplomatic and international relations interests with refugees’ everyday experiences. Espiritu is the recipient of several UCSD teaching awards: the Eleanor Roosevelt College’s Outstanding Faculty Award; the Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award; and the Chancellor's Associates Faculty Excellence Awards for Excellence in Graduate Teaching; and the inaugural recipient of the Association for Asian American Studies Mentorship Award.

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