Tuesday, October 6, 2020 | 5:00PM - 6:30PM (PDT) | Zoom Webinar

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EASC is excited to announce a new series for the 2020-21 academic year in response to the current nationwide reckoning on racial and social justice. The Race/Solidarity: Transpacific Conversations series invites faculty and guest speakers to discuss the current racial reckoning at USC and beyond and start this conversation within a global context. This series will provide a platform for faculty and students to engage with a host of social and cultural issues related to race and racism on both sides of the Pacific. Our aim is to help broaden and deepen the current discussion on race with global and historical perspectives, drawing in particular on the expertise and connections of our affiliated faculty and graduate students who have worked on these topics within diverse East Asian contexts and among Asian diasporic communities.

For the first talk of this series, USC Professor and Director of USC Ito Center, Duncan Williams invites Yuichiro Onishi, Associate Professor of African American and African Studies at UMN and author of Transpacific Antiracism: Afro-Asian Solidarity in 20th Century Black America, Japan, and Okinawa (NYU Press, 2013), to begin this conversation around the Black Lives Matter movement in Japan and delve into today's Afro-Asian alliance.

Read Professor Onishi's recent essay, A Politics of Our Time: Reworking Afro-Asian Solidarity in the Wake of George Floyd’s Killing (UnMargin). 

Speaker Bios:

Yuichiro Onishi
Associate Professor of African American and African Studies, University of Minnesota

Duncan Williams
Professor of Religion, American Studies and Ethnicity and EALC
Director of USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture

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