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!
Soya Jung, ChangeLab senior partner, will be the keynote speaker for the 2nd Annual North Puget Sound Conference on Race on April 27. This year’s theme for the conference is Building Inclusive Communities. This promises to be a great opportunity to engage community leaders in important discussions about race, and we look forward to seeing you there. The conference is free, but space is limited, so you’ll want to register online ASAP. Spanish interpretation available. Check out Facebook for more information.
Globo News, sort of like the CNN or MSNBC of Brazil, ran a story on marriage equality featuring interviews with U.S. residents, and they also asked ChangeLab’s Scot Nakagawa to weigh in. See the full program here.
On May 11, OneAmerica and ChangeLab are co-hosting an exciting discussion about multiracial solidarity in Seattle. This exciting intergenerational dialogue will feature: Soya Jung, senior partner at ChangeLab, and author of the recent report, Left or Right of the Color Line: Asian Americans and the Racial Justice Movement Aaron Dixon, long-time social justice activist, and author of My People Are Rising: Memoir of a Black Panther Party Captain Ron Chew, community organizer and leader, and author of Remembering Silme Domingo and Gene Vieres: The Legacy of Filipino American Labor Activism. Please join us! Check us out on Facebook for more details and please share the event with Read more »
While the Supreme Court considered 2 marriage equality cases this week, senior ChangeLab partner Scot Nakagawa wrote up his thoughts for RaceFiles in a post that quickly went viral and crashed our site . . . twice. (The good news about our site crashing: we’re popular! The bad news about our site crashing: no one can see why we’re popular. Apologies to anyone who had problems.) While we scrambled on the back end to put an addition onto our virtual internet house to accommodate all the visitors, the post continued to fly around facebook and twitter, indicating how much people Read more »
ChangeLab has two exciting sessions at the Association for Asian American Studies Conference that you won’t want to miss! First, our very own Soya Jung and Scot Nakagawa will present findings from our report with additional discussion in the workshop, “Left or Right of the Color Line? Asian Americans and the Racial Justice Movement” with Michael Omi (author, Racial Formation in the United States) and Daniel W. HoSang (author, Racial Formation in the 21st Century). Join us Thursday, 4/18 from 4:30-6:00 pm and prepare to challenge how we think about Asian Americans and race. We also put together a Read more »