Asian American Activism: Drawing on History, Inspiring the Future

Event Date: 

Wednesday, April 26, 2023 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Event Location: 

  • UCSB Multicultural Center Theater

Event Price: 


Asian/Pacific Islander American communities have a long history of activism in the United States, particularly in response to anti-Asian racism and exclusion. In their struggle for equality and liberation from oppression, AAPI activists have developed social and political movements for immigrant rights, labor rights, educational equity, affordable housing, religious freedom, environmental justice, and more. This panel features several AAPI activists who will discuss how they became activists, their work on the leading edges of activism, and how more people can get involved. 

Panelists include: Diane Fujino, Professor, Asian American Studies, UCSB; Manjusha Kulkarni, Co-Founder, Stop AAPI Hate, and Executive Director, AAPI Equity Alliance; Melissa Borja, Assistant Professor, American Culture, University of Michigan, and Lead Investigator, Virulent Hate Project; Artnelson Concordia, Instructional Support Specialist for Ethnic Studies, Santa Barbara Unified School District; and Naomi Joseph, PhD candidate, Sociology, UCSB.

We are excited to partner with the Asian American Studies department, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and Stop AAPI Hate, which is celebrating its 3rd anniversary, in presenting this event.

This event is both in person and livestreamed on our YouTube channel (link here).