Asian American Activism

Instructor Name: 
Marie Lo
Course Description: 

This capstone explores the history of Asian American activism both locally and nationally. Students will learn about the issues and concerns that impact Asian Americans and about the mobilizing efforts of local and national organizations activated for Asian American rights. At the heart of Asian American Studies is the tradition of scholarship and teaching in service of social change. This capstone centers that history by introducing students to Asian American activism and to the efforts of local community organizations focused on dismantling the systems of oppression that have marginalized Asian Americans from the political process. This course, developed in collaboration with the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), will introduce students to the legislative priorities that APANO will be focused on each spring. APANO’s mission is to “unite Asians and Pacific Islanders to build power, develop leaders, and advance equity through organizing, advocacy, community development, and cultural work.”