Nov. 14, 2017
1992 L.A. Civil Disturbances: Exploring Legacy and Solidarity
April 29, 1992: A grand jury acquitted four white LAPD officers of using excessive force in the videotaped arrest and beating of Rodney King, an African American taxi driver. The civil disturbances that unfolded over the next 5 days led to over 60 deaths, left more than 2,000 injured, and caused over a billion dollars in material damage. While Korean American-stores in Koreatown were hardest hit, both Hispanic-owned and African American-owned stores were also destroyed. How does 1992 affect Asian American communities today, and, given what occurred, how do we encourage coalition building and work towards political solidarity within the community?
Apr. 11, 2017
Xenophobia Then And Now
If there is an “us,” there must be a “them.” Like many nations, the United States has struggled with its relationship to “outsiders” since its inception. On Tuesday, April 11 at 6:30, we will be examining American xenophobia through the lens of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and other exclusionary immigration policies targeting Asian immigrants.
Come discuss the politics, psychology, and personal cost of these policies with a panel of professors, lawyers, and historians. We are also proud to support Foodhini, which is catering the event. Foodhini is “using food to create sustainable jobs for our communities in need, while at the same time providing epic tastes from around the world for everyone to enjoy” by “partnering with budding home-taught chefs from our diverse immigrant communities.”
Feb. 21, 2017
Screening of April 1968: Through the Eyes of Chinatown
“April 1968: Through the Eyes of Chinatown” examines the impact of the civil disturbances and violence in DC on Chinatown after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King in April 1968. The story explores ideas about ethnic identity and race relationships from the perspective of people recalling events as school children and young adults in Chinatown. Individuals involved with the production of the documentary will be present for a Q&A session and discussion after the screening.
As part of the What’s A Hoya event series, housing points will be given to freshman attendees.
The film was produced by Penny Lee with Lisa Mao. It is a product of the 1882 Foundations’ DC Chinatown Oral History Project. The project seeks to record the oral histories of people who have a stake in preserving the history and heritage of DC Chinatown.
Nov. 1, 2016
Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling
When it comes to developing a career, does it matter that I’m Asian-American? Are Asian-Americans treated unfairly in the workplace? Get the answers from people who know it firsthand — journalists, entrepreneurs, academics, and other professionals who just so happen to be Asian-American.