AAARI Book Talk to Discuss Contemporary Asian American Activism

Contemporary Asian American Activism: Building Movements for Liberation

Friday, April 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Live on Zoom

Admission: Free

In the struggles for prison abolition, global anti-imperialism, immigrant rights, affordable housing, environmental justice, fair labor, and more, 21st century Asian American activists are speaking out and standing up to systems of oppression. Creating emancipatory futures requires collective action and reciprocal relationships that are nurtured over time and forged through cross-racial solidarity and intergenerational connections, leading to a range of on-the-ground experiences.

About the Book Talk

The Asian American / Asian Research Institute will host a book talk featuring Diane C. Fujino and Robyn Magalit Rodriguez, co-editors of Contemporary Asian American Activism: Building Movements for Liberation. Activists and book contributors Eddy Zheng and Javaid Tariq will also join the discussion.

Bringing together grassroots organizers and scholar-activists, Contemporary Asian American Activism presents lived experiences of the fight for transformative justice and offers lessons to ensure the longevity and sustainability of organizing. In the face of imperialism, white supremacy, racial capitalism, heteropatriarchy, ableism, and more, the contributors celebrate victories and assess failures, reflect on the trials of activist life, critically examine long-term movement building, and inspire continued mobilization for coming generations.

The talk will be a live online discussion, open to the general public via Zoom. Guests must RSVP to attend. Please visit AAARI’s website to register. To purchase the book, please visit the website of the University of Washington Press. The video and podcast of the talk will be available online on Monday, April 25.

Chapters To Be Discussed

Building an Archive of Organizing Praxis: Asian American Activism in the 21st Century • Robyn Magalit Rodriguez and Diane C. Fujino

Prison to Leadership Pipeline: Asian American Prisoner Activism • Eddy Zheng

Drivers on the Frontlines: The New York Taxi Workers Alliance, Neoliberalism, and Global Pandemic — An Interview with Javaid Tariq • Diane C. Fujino

Be Love, Be Loved, Be Amado: Radical Love for a New Generation • Robyn Magalit Rodriguez

About Diane C. Fujino

Diane C. Fujino is professor of Asian American Studies at UC Santa Barbara. Her research examines Japanese and Asian American activist history within an Asian American Radical Tradition and shaped by Black Power and Third World decolonization.

About Robyn Maglit Rodriguez

Robyn Magalit Rodriguez is professor and chair of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Davis. She is also the founding faculty director of the Bulosan Center for Filipinx Studies, the first of its kind in the University of California system focused on the Filipinx experience in the United States.

About the Asian American / Asian Research Institute

The City University of New York (CUNY) Board of Trustees established the Asian American / Asian Research Institute (AAARI) on November 19, 2001. The Institute is a university-wide scholarly research and resource center that focuses on policies and issues that affect Asians and Asian Americans. It covers four areas: Asian American Studies; East Asian Studies; South Asian Studies; and Trade & Technology Studies. For more information, please visit the Institute’s website.