Yea-Wen Chen and Brandi Lawless
"Implicit Biases and Microaggressions in U.S. College Settings: Applying a C.H.A.NG.E. Approach to Communication with AAPI and “Immigrant” Women Faculty"
The purpose of this workshop is to expand participants’ understanding of what implicit biases and microaggressions are, how they manifest in academic spaces, and how to address microaggressions and improve communication with AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islanders) and “immigrant” women faculty. Specifically, this workshop focuses on the particular ways in which AAPI folks and “immigrant” women become targets for microaggressions on college campuses and offers a C.H.A.N.G.E approach to promote more inclusive communication practices. We place the term “immigrant” in quotation marks intentionally and strategically to be inclusive of varying immigrations statuses: F-1 student visas, H1B work permit holders, green card holders, and naturalized U.S. citizens. Based on our own research (Chen, 2014, 2018, 2020; Chen & Lawless, 2016, 2018; Lawless & Chen, 2015, 2017; Lawless, 2018), we offer some tips, tools, and recommendations.
Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander Voices in Higher Education Symposium: Keynote Presentation
"From Princeton Classroom to New Jersey State House: AAPI Curriculum, Advocacy, and Legislation"
In this presentation, Dr. Sadaf Jaffer will discuss the importance of teaching Asian American Studies at the K-12 and college level. She will share a story of how she successfully advocated for an AAPI curriculum in New Jersey public schools. Dr. Jaffer bolstered representation for women and minorities in politics as the first Asian American woman and the first Muslim American to serve in the New Jersey Legislature. A transformative leader with 20 years of public engagement, higher education, and government expertise, she is dedicated to mobilizing diverse stakeholders to address the needs of women, minorities, and economically under-resourced communities.
"Redefining the Immigrant South"
Published in 2020 by the University of North Carolina Press in their New Directions in Southern Studies series, Redefining the Immigrant South examines the significance of immigration from South Asia as a window into the post-Jim Crow American South. The book reframes our understanding of twentieth century migration, the changing character of the U.S. South, and the tangled politics of race, class, and ethnicity in the United States. Quraishi takes a long view of the immigration process, bridging the global with the local—from the state-driven formation of migration linkages overseas during the Cold War to the final years of immigrants’ lives in Houston’s suburbs.
Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander Voices in Higher Education Symposium: Moderated Discussion
Eric Tang and Laiyee Leong
"The Future of Asian American Studies: Activism, Community, Solidarity"
American Studies is embarking on its sixth decade in higher education. What does its future hold? To answer this question, this session looks back upon its three original pillars: Activism, Community, Solidarity. We will explore the possibility and limitations of Asian American political activism, what it means to be community-focused, and the terms of “showing up” in solidarity with others. This moderated discussion is part of the Bridge Builder Lecture Series sponsored by SMU’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
Yea-Wen Chen, Kerk F. Kee, and Piyawan Charoensap-Kelly
SMU Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute (DCII)'s AsianStudies & Asian American Experiences Research Cluster Presents the Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander Voices in Higher Education: Virtual Colloquium.
"Talking Back to Anti-Asian Racism and Microaggressions: Lessons Learned from Working with Pan-Asian Nonprofit Organizations and Immigrant Women Faculty"
Dr. Yea-Wen Chen, Associate Professor Director, Institute for Dialogue and Social Justice, San Diego State University
"The Organizational Communication and Readiness Matrix: How Communication Technologies Help Support a Group of Asian Faculty During the Rise of Anti-AAPI Hate Crimes"
Dr. Kerk F. Kee, Associate Professor of Media and Communication, Texas Tech University
"Exploring Needs and Experiences of AAPI Faculty, Staff, and Students on US College Campuses: Leadership Communication, Sense of Belonging, & Campus Member Wellbeing"
Dr. Piyawan Charoensap-Kelly, Assistant Professor, Corporate Communication & Public Affairs, Southern Methodist University