Still Here… Hard At Work

The other day my dear friend, movement comrade, and Seattle-based communications wiz Joaquin Uy casually pointed out that I hadn’t posted anything on this site about our work this year. “Does ChangeLab still exist? What have you guys been doing?” Egad yes! We still exist! Sorry for the radio silence. We’ve been hard at work attacking the model minority myth and strengthening Asian American antiracist politics. If you’re not following RaceFiles, please do. That’s the most public expression of our work. We use RaceFiles to test our ideas in public, so please share it with your friends, and talk back Read more »

ChangeLab News: The year in review and a look ahead

2014 is officially here! The ChangeLab crew is very excited about this year, but first, a review of 2013 to give you some context. Last year was an inspiring one for us. We found a new home in Oakland (huzzah!) and consolidated operations there. We published a second report on our research findings, presented at conferences and gatherings like the Association of Asian American Studies and Creating Change, and did several media appearances about Asian Americans and racial politics. We built new relationships with amazing people and organizations, and launched RaceFiles with a fresh look and even fresher writers! Undeniably, one of Read more »

An Invitation to Get Bolder

Soya Jung and Scot Nakagawa Welcome to ChangeLab! It’s been a long road. We started two years ago by talking with colleagues in the racial justice movement whose vision and analysis we’d come to trust. We asked them what was missing from the movement today. What we heard reinforced what we had both come to believe after more than five collective decades of struggle against racism and American chauvinism, both domestically and in the world. That is that, while there is incredibly courageous organizing happening today, the racial justice movement overall needs to get bolder. We need space and time Read more »

Where Will We Stand?

One main reason why we started ChangeLab was to grapple with some of the more difficult questions facing the racial justice movement. The title of our first report, “Left or Right of the Color Line? Asian Americans and the Racial Justice Movement” represents the kind of provocative questions we believe we need to address. Much has been made about the fact that Asian Americans are now the fastest growing U.S. demographic group. But what does this mean, politically? How will Asian Americans operate in the realm of racial politics? In order to explore these questions, we interviewed dozens of leading Read more »