Asian American Activism: An Activist-Scholar Symposium

Asian American Activism

An Activist-Scholar Symposium

January 24-25, 2019 at UC Santa Barbara

This symposium brings together some of the most important Asian American community organizers and activist-scholars to discuss various aspects of Asian American grassroots activism today, including immigrant rights, environmental justice, labor, housing, education, prisons, state violence, intersectional racialized gender and heteropatriarchy, and international solidarity work.


Keynote Speaker:Pam Tau Lee

The Struggle to Abolish Environmental Racism:  Asian Radical Imaginings from the Homeland to our Frontlines

Thursday, January 24, 2019, 6 PM, UCSB MultiCultural Center

Rooted in 50 years of Asian American radical activism and environmental justice organizing, Pam Tau Lee addresses the question, “Can an Asian radical perspective contribute toward achieving environmental justice?”  Pam Lee is a founding member of the Chinese Progressive Association, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, and Just Transition Alliance.


Asian American Activism Symposium

Friday, January 25, 2019, 11 AM – 3 PM, UCSB MultiCultural Center

  • Angelica Cabande, South of Market Community Action Network
  • Ga Young Chung, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, undocumented immigration
  • May Fu, University of San Diego, educational transformation
  • Soya Jung, Change Lab
  • Pam Tau Lee, Asian American environmental justice organizer and veteran Asian American Movement activist
  • Irma Shauf-Bajar, GABRIELA USA
  • Alex Tom, Chinese Progressive Association
  • Karen Umemoto, UCLA, activist-scholarship and juvenile justice reform
  • Eddy Zheng, Asian Prisoner Support Committee

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Hosted by the UCSB Department of Asian American Studies, UC Davis Department of Asian American Studies, and UCLA Asian American Studies Center. Sponsored by the UC Humanities Research Institute; UC Davis Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies; from UCSB: Center for Black Studies Research, Office of the Dean of Social Sciences, Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, MultiCultural Center, Global Environmental Justice Project, Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, and Nikkei Student Union; Fund for Santa Barbara.


Commemorating 50 Years of Asian American Studies

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Contemporary Asian American Activism and Intergenerational Perspectives:

An Activist-Scholar Symposium

January 24-25, 2019 at UC Santa Barbara