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Connecting the Threads that Bind: Contextualizing Legalized Violence Against Asian Americans

September 10 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Please join us for this one-day, virtual conference that will investigate systemic and historic causes of anti-AAPI violence, provide frameworks for understanding the continued subordination of AAPI and BIPOC communities, and discuss AAPI-led advocacy addressing the root causes of violence and disenfranchisement.

Use this link to register for this conference. 

Introductory Remarks:  Shauna Marshall & David Faigman  (11-11:10am)

Historical Violence and Economic Disenfranchisement of AAPIs  (11:10-12:20pm, 70 mins)

This panel provides an overview of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) jurisprudence with an emphasis on the history of legalized discriminatory treatment against AAPIs and the narratives that “legitimized” their disenfranchisement.   Panelists will discuss AAPI racial violence as a consistent fixture of this country’s history and introduce frameworks for understanding the construction of race, the “perpetual foreigner” syndrome, Islamophobia, and racialized misogyny.

Panelists: Michael Omi, Lorraine Bannai, Shelley Lee, Khaled Beydoun, Vinay Harpalani

Moderator: Carol Izumi

Poetry Reading & Reflection: Russell Leong  (12:20-12:30pm)

“It’s Another City, Today” by Russell Leong 

The Effects of Resurgent White Nationalism on AAPIs  (12:30-1:20pm, 50 mins)

This panel examines dramatic shifts in national security policies, the rise of white nationalism, and mainstream rhetoric used in recent times against immigrants and AAPIs questioning if these factors are driving the recent uptick in anti-AAPI violence or if they are symptoms of 300 years of AAPI and racial subordination.  The panel will also examine the byproduct of national security policies, inter-ethnic tensions, and the socio-economic, documentation status, and generational diversity within AAPI communities.

Panelists:  Deepa Iyer, Bill Tamayo, Eunice Lee, Stephen Lee

Moderator: Ming Hsu Chen

Intermission [10 minutes]

AAPI Movement Lawyering & Activism: The Future of AAPI-led Advocacy and Policy Reforms  (1:30-2:20pm, 50 mins)    

This panel will present national data on anti-AAPI violence and boycotting of AAPI-owned businesses since the COVID-19 pandemic.   Panelists will discuss national and local policy recommendations as well as what political and cultural education is needed within and outside of AAPI communities to root out violence and foster solidarity.  Panelists will also provide perspectives on AAPI-led advocacy and social movements.

Panelists: Jason Wu, Cynthia Choi, Eddy Zheng, Zohra Ahmed

Moderator: Michael Chang

Poetry Reading & Reflection: Julian Aguon  (2:20-2:25pm)

“Nikki and Me” by Julian Aguon

Closing Keynote Address: Frank Wu  (2:25-2:50pm)

Keynote Introduction: Miye Goishi

Closing Remarks: Alina Ball  (2:50-2:55pm)

Use this link to register for this conference. 

This conference is co-sponsored by the following Hastings student groups: Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly (CLQ), Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal, Pilipinx American Law Society (PALS), Sikh Law Students Association (Sikh LSA), South Asian Law Student Association (SALSA), UC Hastings La Raza Law Students Association (La Raza), and Vietnamese American Law Society (VALS).  If you represent a student organization that would like to co-sponsor, please contact Professor Alina Ball (balla@uchastings.edu).


September 10
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Center for Race and Economic Justice
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