March 2021 Newsletter
April 7-10: The Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) Virtual Conference. If you're a student, you can register for $25.
April 15, 10am-3pm: Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE) Virtual Summit. For more information click here.
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Getting to Know About Hate Crimes, Ourselves, and Others
Part 1: Why Do People Commit Hate Crimes and What Can We Do About It
By Leonard Chan and Philip Chin
The Covid-19 epidemic has done much to expose many of the fragile fault lines that already existed in America long before the disease originated. Not only has it highlighted longstanding racial and socioeconomic differences and grievances, but also just how weak many of the accepted bonds of American society today are. Among the ugliest manifestations has not only been violence against African Americans but also against Asian Americans.
All Asian American groups have suffered insults and attacks, not limited to just the Chinese American community. The sudden fall from being a cherished “model minority” to being targets of hate crimes shocked many Asian Americans out of their usual complacency.
When I watched a video of an elderly Chinese man get angrily pushed to the ground, I began to wonder if there was something more to this act than simple scapegoating. What could have possessed the perpetrator into taking such a violent act? What can we do to prevent it?
An Interview with Priscilla Wegars on Her New Book
Polly Bemis: The Life and Times of a Chinese American Pioneer
Interviewed by Leonard Chan
When the AACP newsletter went on hiatus back at the beginning of 2011, the last person I interviewed was Priscilla Wegars (Dec. 2010). I’m glad to have another chance to touch bases with her and to interview her for this article.
Dr. Wegars is founder of the University of Idaho’s Asian American Comparative Collection (AACC). She is a renowned historian, archaeologist, and author of books on the Chinese and Japanese experience in the Northwestern United States.
Thanks so much for getting back in touch with us when we restarted the AACP newsletter. We’ve been hoping to do this interview for a while now, but due to scheduling issues on our end, we were not able to do this sooner. However, I’m very glad that the timing works out to coincide with Women’s History Month. What better feature to have than to be having a discussion with one of the eminent authorities on the Chinese American pioneer Polly Bemis (written about in novels such as Ruthanne Lum McCunn’s “Thousand Pieces of Gold” and a number of other books).
Your book contains an amazing amount of information on Polly Bemis and the context in which she lived. For our readers who have no knowledge of Polly Bemis, please briefly summarize who she was.
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Special Women's History Month Selection
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