Contemporary Asian American Activism and Intergenerational Perspectives: An Activist-Scholar Symposium

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January 24, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - January 25, 2019 @ 3:00 pm

Multicultural Center Theater
494 UCen Road

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Contemporary Asian American Activism and Intergenerational Perspectives:

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, location TBD

Speakers include:

  • 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
  • Eddy Zheng, Asian Prisoner Support Committee
  • Karen Umemoto, UCLA, activist-scholarship and juvenile justice reform


For updates, livestream, and to participate virtually, visit: APIActivism2019

For more information, contact: Diane Fujino of UCSB at or Robyn Rodriguez of UC Davis at

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 and 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, and the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center; from UC Davis: Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies.

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of Asian American Studies

UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis, UCLA


January 24, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
January 25, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
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