Town Hall Meeting Looks at Anti-Asian American Violence

Two protesters, wearing face masks and shields, hold up signs that read #StopAsianHate and Hate is a Virus
People rally in Washington, D.C., in March to protest violence against Asian Americans. The Stop Asian Hate demonstration was one of several held across the country following shootings in Atlanta that left eight people dead, six of them Asian women. At a UC Davis forum on May 5, faculty will talk about recent incidents and the history of violence and discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S. (Victoria Pickering/Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Recent violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders will be the focus of an online forum on Wednesday, May 5, featuring six professors of history, Asian American studies and law.

The town hall meeting will be held 4:30–6 p.m. PDT.

Students in the UC Davis History Club and faculty in the Department of History began organizing the interdisciplinary event in March, said club president Robb Ridgley.

“We were all deeply disturbed by the rise of anti-AAPI violence throughout the country,” Ridgley said. “Our goal with the event is to increase discourse on the long history of violence and discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in America, all while relating it to the tragedies occurring today.”

Five of the presenters are UC Davis faculty and the sixth is an alumna on the faculty of Claremont Graduate University:

  • Gabriel “Jack” Chin, who serves as the Edward L. Barrett Jr. Chair of Law and is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Law in the UC Davis School of Law.
  • Kyu Hyun Kim, UC Davis associate professor of history.
  • Richard Kim, UC Davis professor of Asian American studies.
  • Sunaina Maira, UC Davis professor of Asian American studies.
  • JoAnna Poblete, Claremont Graduate University associate professor of history who earned her bachelor’s degree in history from UC Davis.
  • Cecilia Tsu, UC Davis associate professor of history.

Watch the forum here

— Kathleen Holder, content strategist in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science

 

 

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