Dear Readers, Race Files started as an experiment. During the media blitz that followed the breakthrough performance of former New York Nicks basketball player, Jeremy Lin, I found myself mumbling under my breath about the exclusion of progressive Asian American voices in media and the almost complete absence of useful racial dialogue, particularly concerning Asian Americans. Soon, writing took the place of all that frustrated mumbling and Race Files was born, my small contribution to the discussion of race in the U.S. that I thought would be read by, at most, a few hundred friends and colleagues. That was a Read more »
Race Files has a new home… www.racefiles.com
For folks in the Puget Sound area, come out and join us at several upcoming events! On May 4, Wing Luke Museum is showing the documentary, One Generation’s Time: The Legacy of Silme Domingo & Gene Viernes. This film screening is a great companion to our event on May 11 (see below), and Ron Chew will be there signing his book. Wing Luke Museum, 719 S. King St., Seattle. 6:30-8:30. Free. More information available on the Seattle Channel website. If you’re a King County employee, be sure to check out the Equity & Social Justice Forum for King County Employees on Read more »
Photo credit: Vyreak Sovann We know two things for a fact: Asian Americans are the fastest growing racial group in the United States, and we overwhelmingly voted in support of Obama in 2012. But do either of these things signal progress for the racial justice movement? The fact is that the racial justice movement needs a serious upgrade. Diversity and multiculturalism do not equal justice. How do we avoid mistaking growing numbers for real political vision? Our new report, The Importance of Asian Americans? It’s Not What You Think, offers insight into the challenges we face today. It also explains why Asian Americans Read more »
ChangeLab hosted two complimentary sessions at the recent Association of Asian American Studies Conference in Seattle and both were highly successful. It’s encouraging and inspiring that there are so many people in the academy that care deeply about racial justice and are genuinely interested in what folks in the community are saying. Many of the same questions that were raised in our sessions were echoed throughout the conference. Many scholars are examining the role of Asian American Studies in identity formation, the tie to the community, and how the Asian American movement is centered, where it came from, and Read more »
Soya Jung, senior ChangeLab partner talked about our new report and our research on Asian Americans and the racial justice movement this morning on Sojourner Truth Radio. If you missed the show this morning, it’s worth listening to the full show (Soya’s part starts around the 43rd minute), but if you can only spare 15 minutes, you can also listen to the individual segments. Check it out!