The 2023-2024 Equity and Inclusion Virtual Speaker Series continues March 13 with Megan Asaka, Lakeside class of 1999. RSVP for “Beyond the Model Minority: Asian American Histories of Resistance and Renewal in the Pacific Northwest and Beyond” via Zoom at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13.
In this talk, Asaka will examine how Asian Americans have responded to, challenged, and resisted anti-Asian racism and injustice. Though often portrayed as passive “model minorities,” Asian Americans have a rich legacy of resistance and militant action that has long been overlooked. Focusing on historical accounts from in and beyond the Pacific Northwest, Asaka will offer a new understanding of the Asian American past as a pathway for future action.
An award-winning scholar, writer, and teacher of Asian American history, urban history, and public humanities, she is the author of “Seattle from the Margins: Exclusion, Erasure, and the Making of a Pacific Coast City,” which examines the erased histories of the communities that built Seattle. The book was inspired by her own family history in Seattle as well as her work as an oral historian and archivist for Densho, a community-based organization that seeks to preserve and share the stories of the Japanese American incarceration. She is an assistant professor of history at the University of California, Riverside and lives in Pasadena.
The Equity and Inclusion Virtual Speaker Series is a program sponsored by People of Color in Independent Schools (POCIS) Seattle to offer our communities and beyond the opportunity to connect, learn, and engage in topics around equity, inclusion, and antiracist education and action. The purpose of this series is to raise awareness, challenge ourselves, deepen understanding, and empower our communities to advance their efforts to actively recreate systems into equitable, inclusive, and antiracist institutions. The program invites four to five speakers throughout the academic year to create access to recognized authors and speakers that engage participants in complex topics through dialogue, cross-cultural communication, and a deeper understanding of the impact that racism and oppression have in our institutions and the greater society. These events aim to serve a public purpose by making this programming free and accessible to all. View the full speaker lineup for the 2023-2024 series and RSVP for future events here.
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by Jacob Foran, visual arts department head and Upper School visual arts teacher
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