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Contemporary Asian Activism Panel

Asian American protestors at a 2014 protest in New York. Photo: Marcela McGreal.

The past few years have witnessed energetic and innovative forms of activism among Asian Americans contending against rising anti-Asian racism and violence. What does contemporary Asian American activism look like, especially in the context of movements for racial justice, the Covid-19 pandemic, heightened U.S.-China tensions, and wars in the Middle East and beyond? In this panel, Asian American leaders working for change on several issues—gun violence, reproductive justice, ethnic studies education, reproductive justice, voting rights, and more—talk about the principles and practices of contemporary Asian American activism.


– Andrea Chu, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Chicago
– Regina Tsang, Rising Voices
– Dr. Tsu-Yin Wu, Center for Health Disparities Innovation and Studies

Moderated by Melissa Borja, American Culture.

About the series:
(Re)Emergence: Asian American Histories and Futures, a collaboration between Asian American studies scholars and the Institute for the Humanities, is a series of events committed to interdisciplinary exploration and community engagement. The series brings together filmmakers, creative writers, scholars, and activists to think through diverse Asian American histories and how we might learn from them to shape radically different futures. See the complete list of events at