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The Long History and Present Surge of Anti-Asian Violence – April 1, 2021

The Long History and Present Surge of Anti-Asian Violence
An online panel discussion presented as part of the
Berkeley Conversations and Matrix on Point Series
Thursday, April 1, 2021, 5:00-6:00pm Pacific

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You can submit questions to the panel in advance.

Please join us for a panel discussion on rising Anti-Asian violence in America. This timely panel will consider both the long history of Anti-Asian racism and present-day patterns linked to the pandemic and to cultural anxieties about Asian ascendancy and Western decline.

The panel will feature presentations by Professors Russell Jeung (San Francisco State University), Catherine Choy (UC Berkeley), and Kimberly Hoang (University of Chicago). Michael Lu, Dean of the School of Public Health, will offer an introduction, and Raka Ray, Dean of the Division of Social Sciences in L&S, will moderate.

This event is presented as part of the Social Science Matrix On Point discussion series, which promotes focused, cross-disciplinary conversations on today’s most pressing contemporary issues.

Co-sponsors include the UC Berkeley Social Sciences Division initiative “Toward a Racially Just Social Science,” APASDAAPISC, the Sociology Department, the School of Public HealthAsian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, and Stop AAPI Hate.


Russell Jeung, Professor of Asian-American Studies at San Francisco State University; founder of
Stop AAPI Hate; Author, Family Sacrifices: The Worldviews and Ethics of Chinese Americans

Catherine Ceniza Choy, Professor of Ethnic Studies, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies,
UC Berkeley; author, Global Families: A History of Asian International Adoption in America

Kimberly Hoang, Associate Professor of Sociology, Director of Global Studies, University of Chi-
cago; author, Dealing in Desire: Asian Ascendancy, Western Decline, and the Hidden Currencies of Global Sex Work

Michael C. Lu (Introduction), Dean of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health

Raka Ray (Moderator), Professor of Sociology and Dean of the Division of Social Sciences, UC
Berkeley; author, Cultures of Servitude: Modernity, Domesticity and Class in India