Anti-Asian Racism: How Do We Move Forward?

When 16 Apr 2021
12:00PM - 1:30PM
Where Georgetown University
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington D.C., DC 20057
United States

More than 22 million strong from over twenty countries, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) are the fastest growing demographic group in the US, exhibiting increasing political clout while simultaneously experiencing the greatest income inequality of any racial or ethnic group. The recent surge in anti-Asian harassment and violence during the COVID-19 pandemic has brought newfound attention to the experiences of Asian Americans, belying a long-standing history of racism experienced by Asian American communities.

In the Georgetown spirit of cura personalis, care for the whole person, and building community and solidarity, this panel discussion has two goals: a) raise awareness of Asian American histories and narratives and b) provide pragmatic steps for addressing anti-Asian racism and harassment and supporting the AAPI community at Georgetown. The speakers will provide insights into AAPI student experiences at Georgetown, the history of anti-Asian racism in the US, the mental health challenges facing Asian Americans during this moment, statistical data on AAPI demographics and political mobilization, and policy and legal solutions for addressing these problems. We invite all members of the Georgetown community and the general public to join us in this important and urgent conversation.

John J. DeGioia, President of Georgetown University will provide introductory remarks.

The following speakers will give lightning round presentations, after which the floor will be open for Q & A:

Jenny Xu (COL’21), Inaugural Chair, DC College Democrats AAPI Caucus; President, GU Pride; Vice Chair, GU College Democrats

Agnes Lee (SFS’17, LAW’22), Editor-in-Chief, Georgetown Law Journal

Beth Lew-Williams, Associate Professor, Department of History, Princeton University

David L. Eng, Richard L. Fisher Professor of English, Department of English and Professor in the Program in Asian American Studies, the Program in Comparative Literature & Literary Theory, and the Program in Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies, University of Pennsylvania

Karthick Ramakrishnan,Professor, School of Public Policy and Professor, Department of Political Science, UC Riverside; Founder, AAPI data; Chair, California Commission on APIA Affairs

Marita Etcubañez, Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives, Asian Americans Advancing Justice; Former Director of Legal Services, Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center

The panel will be co-moderated by:

Michelle C. Wang, Associate Professor, Department of Art and Art History, Georgetown University

Yuhki Tajima, Associate Professor, Asian Studies Program, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Generous funding for this event has been provided by the Office of the Vice President for Global Engagement; the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service; the Asian Studies Program; the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Affirmative Action; and the Georgetown Medical School Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

This event is open to the public, but registration is required in order to attend. For requests for accommodations such as closed captioning due to a disability or medical condition, contact no later than Wednesday, April 14. A good faith effort will be made to fulfill all accommodation requests.

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