Event Review: Brown Bag Lunch Discussion of “Racist Love”
August 10, 2017
The Literature & Art division of the 1882 Foundation hosted a Brown Bag lunch to discuss a writing by authors Frank Chin and Jeffery Chan entitled “Racist Love,” on August 10, 2017. A feature of the discussion was the tie-in of the content of this article to the recent movie, “Get Out,” led by visiting Georgetown University student Patrick Lim.
“Racist Love” was written in the 1970s, but its message is very applicable in today’s climate regarding racism and white supremacy. The concept of how racism evolved into the direction of racist love, particularly in the Asian American community, was profoundly discussed and analyzed by the participants. One critique of the Chin/Chan article was that it did not address the issue of how to resist and combat racism, whether in the form of hate or love. You can view the entire article here.
The movie, “Get Out, was analyzed for its parallel views to the Chin/Chan article. Patrick explained how he saw so many examples of the racist love in the movie and how those are so apparent and used in today’s society. Since the movie has received good reviews and was quite popular, the connection to the article was very appropriate. Patrick’s paper can be found at aapigeorgetown.com.
The Literature & Art division is directed by Stan Lou. It is located at the 1882 Foundation headquarters at 508 I Street NW in Washington, DC, and convenes each Thursday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm with room for flexibility before or after that time slot. It is open for discussions regarding AAPI literature and art.