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This project highlights the often forgotten and overlooked histories and struggles of Asian Americans in their fight for social justice. We feature the stories of Asian American organizations whose missions range from building solidarity with other marginalized communities to reclaiming histories. We hope to inspire other activists and students by making these stories visible again.
Within the United States, there exists a structural erasure and silencing of Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) histories and voices that delegitimize the racism and xenophobic violence Asian Americans have faced. The dominant society stereotypes many Asian Americans as quiet, complacent, and apolitical, although they continue to engage in active protest as a form of resistance and claim to their identity and citizenship. We, the students of the course Asian Americans and the Struggle for Social Justice at Brown University, present this exhibit featuring the stories of Asian American organizations whose missions range from reclaiming histories to building solidarity with other marginalized communities. These stories are presented under the themes of organizations dedicated to Historical Figures, Specific National Groups within the AAPI Community, Rights of Other Marginalized Groups, and Art & Media. We will present biographies of these organizations through images, videos, and analysis of the work they produce as well as a timeline of key events and figures to connect the history of Asian American activism to present day activism.
This platform is not an all encompassing and comprehensive analysis of AAPI history; it is meant to be a catalyst to a working dialogue. We hope to inspire other activists and students by making these stories visible again.