If you’re in Chicago,…

If you're in Chicago, I'd like to invite you to a talk I'm organizing this upcoming Monday late afternoon; it should be really interesting! Details below.

The Program in Asian American Studies at UIC would like to invite you to "Taking on Postracialism: Racial Justice and Asian Americans Today" a talk by Rinku Sen, Executive Director of the Applied Research Center and Publisher of Colorlines Magazine.

"What does it mean to study Asian American politics and identity when colorblindness is dogmatically pushed in the media and in policymaking? Postracialism undermines our ability to promote API empowerment, equity and inclusion, as well as alliances with other communities, but there are promising alternatives. Ms. Sen will talk about the nexus of racial justice, immigration, and Asian American identity, and historicize seemingly race-neutral policies that affect Asian Americans today. Using video, research studies and story-telling, she will explore the ways in which institutional racism and colorblindness foster resistance to racial justice standards for APAs and people of color communities."

This event will take place Monday, March 15, 2010 at 4:00pm in the Cardinal Room, Student Center East (750 S. Halsted), and is free and open to the public.

For questions or more information, please contact Bill Gallaga in the Program in Asian American Studies, 312-355-3448 or gallaga@uic.edu.

We would like to thank our co-sponsors: the UIC Asian American Resource and Cultural Center (AARCC), the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy (IRRPP), UIC Women's History Month, DesiLit, the South Asian Progressive Action Collective (SAPAC), and the Chicago Foundation for Women.

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