Panel Discussion/Talk

Asian American Trailblazers in Civil Rights

Wednesday, March 22, 2023
5 – 6PM

Join Alice Fong Yu Alternative School for an in-person Teachers Workshop. This multifaceted event will highlight Asian American pioneers and the pivotal court cases that have changed the landscape of U.S. civil rights. In one such case, United States v. Wong Kim Ark (1898), the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision 125 years ago this month guaranteed birthright citizenship for all.

They welcome prominent Asian American Studies luminaries who fought to include Ethnic Studies and Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) studies in our schools. The speakers are:

  • Laureen Chew, Professor Emerita of Asian American Studies, San Francisco State University
  • Russell Jeung, Professor of Asian American Studies, San Francisco State University; Co-founder, Stop AAPI Hate
  • David Lei, Community Advocate and Historian
  • Liana Szeto, Principal, Alice Fong Yu Alternative School
  • Moderated by Susana Liu-Hedberg, Executive Director, 1990 Institute

In the next couple of years, by 2025, a majority of states will have requirements in place for AAPI studies to be taught in schools. We will present multimedia resources, highlight ways to incorporate them into classroom learning, and provide an opportunity for teachers to share the experiences and challenges of teaching AAPI history in the classrooms.