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Locating Asian Americans in the Movement for Racial Equity

May 26 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm PDT









This session will focus on how data supports how Asian Americans face many unique challenges in the movement for racial justice.

About this event
Asian Americans face many unique challenges in the movement for racial justice; among them are dominant social narratives such as the model minority myth that not only suggests that Asians have overcome racial barriers but also undermines cross-racial efforts to undo structural racism in the United States.

While a cursory look at systemic outcomes data may appear to support these narratives, a clearer and more expansive understanding of the inequities experienced by Asian Americans can be revealed using the following observations:


Disaggregated data reveal a complex story about racial inequities experienced by Asian Americans in the United States.
Despite positions of relative advantage, Asian Americans may continue to experience racial inequities in our systems.
Asian Americans have been uniquely racialized to uphold a racial arrangement in the United States.

Locating Asian Americans is a 3-hour presentation using data and frameworks that serves as an introduction to the racial inequities experienced by Asian Americans that often remain hidden by dominant social narratives.

For the AAJIL People’s School for Justice, Reiney will present a condensed 1.5-hour version of this presentation.

Our instructor, Reiney Lin is an organizer and consultant based in Los Angeles, California and a trainer with the Racial Equity Institute, where she serves as the lead Asian American trainer. She works with all types of organizations to deepen a collective understanding of historical and institutional racism to achieve equity and justice in our systems through training, analysis, and strategy. Reiney has an institutional background in public health, having worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and in higher education as the Assistant Director of the Center for Race, Ethnicity & Diversity Education at Elon University. She holds an MPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

At AAJIL, we believe in practicing a culture of mutual, relational generosity rather than a culture of the commodity. Please consider showing your gratitude and appreciation for Reiney’s labor in offering this free learning opportunity by donating to the organization of her choice:

AAJIL: https://www.aajil.org/donate