Asian Americans represent a thread in the multicultural fabric of American society and serve as keen bridges of understanding between the US and China. Asian Americans have enriched our programs over the years, in particular through the Asian American Author Series, Asian American in the Arts Series, Asian Women Trailblazers Series, and Culinary Diplomacy.
Anti-Asian American Hate Crimes
We are deeply saddened by the escalation in anti-Asian American violence and rhetoric related to COVID-19. Below are resources to help educate others, raise public awareness, take action, and more
In sixteen of America’s largest cities, the number of reported anti-Asian hate crimes increased nearly 150 percent in 2020, according to an analysis from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at CSU San Bernardino. The advocacy group, Stop AAPI Hate, reported that it had received over 3,800 reports of verbal harassment, civil rights violations, and physical assault between March 2020 and February 2021. The true scope of anti-Asian hate crimes cannot be quantified as many incidents go unreported.
February 19th: The 80th Anniversary of the Japanese Incarceration, Executive Order 9066 issued 2/19/1942
March 16th: 1 year anniversary of the Atlanta mass shooting (3/16/2021)
April 29th: 30th anniversary of the LA uprising/riots – began on 4/29/1992
June 19th: 40th anniversary of Vincent Chin’s attack (6/19/1982) and death (6/23/1982)
August 5th: 10th anniversary of Oak Creek, WI mass shooting at a Sikh gurdwara (8/5/2012)
May 6th: 140 anniversary of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, originally published May 6th, 1882
Educational Resources and Guides
“Fears of Anti-Asian Violence Rattle the Community” Washington Post
“COVID-19 and Advancing Asian American Recovery” McKinsey & Company
What We Are Reading
The Asian American Author Series brings together outstanding Asian American authors to introduce their literary works and talk about the experiences of American multiculturalism. Below are the most recent Asian American authors featured in the series.
What We Are Watching
The Asian American Experience in Their Own Words
Who Killed Vincent Chen, An Academy Award-nominated Documentary by Christine Choy and Renee Tajima-Peña
A Great Wall, An American Comedy Made in China by Shirely Sun
What We Are Learning
A collection of resources for the teaching and studying of Asians in America