1882 At: Asian American Call With the Movement for Black Lives

Following recent momentum around the Black Lives Matter movement, many Asian-Americans have sought out ways to educate themselves on anti-Blackness, stand in solidarity with Black communities around the nation, and work with Black Americans to dismantle white supremacy. To this end, the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) co-hosted an event with dozens of AAPI-centered organizations. The event brought together representatives from M4BL and AAPI community, creating  an audience of nearly 5,000 in an urgent call for action directly from one of the most prominent forces…

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1882 At: IGNITE | Young Women Vote Virtual Summit

Co-written by: Sabrina Brogniart & Saniya Han IGNITE hosted the Young Women Vote Virtual Summit to educate young voters on effective voter engagement strategies for upcoming elections. IGNITE alumna who have ran — or are currently running — for elected office spoke about their experiences and advised the audience on how to encourage civic participation from their peers. The keynote speakers for this event were Congresswoman Susan Brooks (5th District of Indiana), Valerie B. Jarrett (Senior Distinguished Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School), and…

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“Ethnic” Food and the Cultural Legacies of Orientalism

Links to this week's readings can be found at: https://linktr.ee/1882WeeklyReadings This week, we're looking at the messy intersections of food and culture with hopes of untangling the ways in which Orientalist tropes often reappear in disguise as multiculturalism. Can food truly act as a space for unproblematic cultural exchange? How can we create a vision of multiculturalism that centers not only the food itself but the people who make it?  Readings: Anthony Bourdain (articles linked above) — In an era in which the hunger for “culturally authentic”…

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Asian American Entertainment in the Exclusion Era Recap

The 1882 Foundation, Music of Asian America Research Center (MAARC), and Alexandria Library coordinated a program on July 11th to share the rich history of Asian American entertainment during the Exclusion Era. Between 1875 and 1943, the United States severely limited immigration from Asian countries. Ethnic enclaves developed in the midst of these restrictions, maintaining cultural familiarity and connection among Asian Americans. Eric Hung, MAARC’s Executive Director and Co-Founder, and Nancy Rao, MAARC’s President, researched how entertainment within these communities contributed to a lasting Asian…

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07.30: Orientalism, Part II — “Scientific Orientalism”

Notes and questions for Part I of Said's Orientalism can be found here. You can register for our upcoming Book Chats at: https://linktr.ee/1882foundation In Part II of Orientalism, Said continues with his description of the historical underpinnings of Orientalist thinking, shifting his attention to the modern foundations of Orientalism in 18th-century Europe. As Europe / the West progressed technologically, Said explains that Orientalists began viewing Asia as a place which could regenerate Europe spiritually. Orientalism in the 1800s thus introduced a new philosophical development: the Orient as…

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1882 at (and Intern’s Thoughts): “C100 Asian American Career Ceiling Initiative: The Millennial Perspective”

On July 7th, the Committee of 100 hosted a panel discussion on challenges Asian Americans face in the workforce, specifically from a millennial generation perspective. The panelists included Julie Sohn, MBA student at the University of Michigan, Matthew Choi, Vice President at Granite Point Mortgage Trust, and John Lian, Research Fellow at Harvard University. The panel was moderated by Peter Young, C100 Member and CEO of Young & Partners. Prior to the webinar, all attendees were polled on a series of questions, such as: “On a…

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