Existence as Resistance: ASAM Fellows 2024 Spring Symposium

Mar 30, 2024 at

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The Asian American Studies Program (ASAM) would like to invite you to participate in the event "Existence as Resistance: ASAM Fellows Spring 2024 Symposium,” which will take place on Saturday, March 30th from 10 am to 4 pm EST.

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Since 2020, Penn’s Asian American Program has offered research mentoring and funding to a cohort of undergraduate students. In addition to conducting independent research projects, the fellows organize a symposium around a theme that relates to their projects.

The research projects of the 2023-2024 ASAM Fellows: Steven Chen, David Deng, Eva Nee, Simran Rajpal, and Khue Tran, embody the theme "Existence as Resistance." This theme highlights the power and agency of Asian American communities amidst struggles tied to their histories, land, politics, health, and culture. The research projects reveal the profound connection between America and Asian diasporas, showcasing how existing becomes an act of resistance for these communities, while reaffirming their strength and resilience in shaping their narratives and futures.

For the symposium, the fellows will be hosting two panels and a workshop that would invite students to learn about ongoing public health and urban issues, analyze the historical and political context surrounding those issues, and engage with how Asian American communities have been uniquely affected. 

Harvey Dong will be the keynote speaker of this symposium; the title of his presentation is "Existence and Resistance are Interconnected: the Origins and Directions of Asian American Political and Social Activism." Dr. Dong will talk about his experiences and observations of being part of the Asian American movement, its transition from campus to community activism. Most importantly, his talk will address what lessons from the past can help us in the present. What type of scholarship is needed in our Asian American Studies today? How can relations be more fluid between campus and community?

Bio: Dr. Harvey Dong is a Continuing Lecturer in the Asian American & Asian Diaspora Program at UC Berkeley. In 2016, he received the American Cultures Ronald Takaki Teaching Award and in 2018, the Chancellor's Public Scholar Faculty Fellowship. He is also co-editor and contributor to: Mountain Movers: Student Activism and Emergence of Asian American Studies. UCLA Asian American Studies Center: 2019; and The Power of the People Won’t Stop: Legacy of the TWLF at UC Berkeley. Eastwind Books of Berkeley: 2020). He was also, for 27 years, co-owner of Eastwind Books of Berkeley. Currently, through Eastwind, he is involved in publishing works related to Asian American and Ethnic Studies.



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