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April 2021
April 21, 2:00 pm –  3:30 pm    

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This event is designed to promote a critical and complex conversation about anti-Asian racism and its historical roots, and to consider questions for the future. Panelists will examine the discourse surrounding “anti-Asian violence” in the context of COVID-19.

Ellie Hisama (Organizer & Moderator), Professor of Music, Faculty of Arts & Sciences
David Henry Hwang, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts, School of the Arts
Akemi Kochiyama, Director of Advancement, Manhattan Country School and Co-Director, Yuri Kochiyama Archives Project
Marie Myung-Ok Lee, Lecturer in Writing, School of the Arts
Lydia Liu, Wun Tsun Tam Professor in the Humanities, East Asian Languages & Cultures, Faculty of Arts & Sciences
Mae Ngai, Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and Professor of History, Faculty of Arts & Sciences

April 23, 3:00 pm –  4:30 pm    

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Co-sponsored by the Center of the Study of Ethnicity and Race and the Asian American Diasporic Writers Series.

April 30, 1:00 pm –  2:30 pm    

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On January 6, 2021, the former Republic of Vietnam (RVN) flag of the vanquished South Vietnam regime flew alongside the Confederate flag and other emblems of white supremacy on the steps of the Capitol. This panel, which includes Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen, acclaimed human rights activist and lawyer Hoi Trinh, Law Professor and author Lan Cao, as well as Hang Nguyen and John Phan, will discuss the contested memory of the Vietnam War, the politics of the RVN flag in U.S. politics today, and the impact on US-SRV relations moving forward. Hosted by the Columbia University. Weatherhead East Asian Institute.

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CSER continues to be Columbia's main interdisciplinary space for the study of ethnicity and race and their implications for thinking about culture, power, hierarchy, social identities, and political communities. The Center also offers a wide range of public programming, including Artist at the Center, Indigenous Forum, and Latino Public Speaker Series and the Transnational Asian/American Speaker Series. CSER's most recent spaces include the Media and Idea Lab and Gallery at the Center, a space dedicated to curating artistic and thematic exhibits around the Center’s key areas of interest.
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