Racial Solidarity Curriculum
In partnership with Asian American community activists from NYC and DC (see bios below), Collected is developing a 3-part workshop curriculum on Asian American cross-racial solidarity. The workshop series, in addition to providing historical contexts of structural racism, will be grounded in the oral histories and lived experiences of Asian American activists who have challenged racist policies and engaged in cross-racial social justice work.
This project was formed in response to the events of 2020 that underscored the systemic racism that exists in the US: the COVID-19 pandemic, the rise of anti-Asian racism, and the ongoing police brutality and violence against the Black community. For many young Asian Americans, these events led to a moment of reckoning: How do we advocate for the needs of Asian American communities while also standing in solidarity with other marginalized groups? With much of Asian American history buried from mainstream view, many young Asian Americans are often left feeling disempowered and disengaged from social justice activism.
Our project aims to embolden the Asian American community by throwing light on the historical and modern-day policies that bolster white supremacy while promoting racial tensions between communities of color, and to understand the work and impact that Asian American activists have made while participating in cross-racial solidarity.
Community Activist Partners
Chris Kwok, Esq. has over two decades of experience in civil rights litigation related to employment and education access. Chris previously worked at the U.S Equal Employment Commission New York office for 15 years and currently serves as a Mediator and Arbitrator in private practice at JAMS. Chris received his undergraduate degree in Government and minored in Asian American Studies at Cornell University, and he received his law degree from UCLA.
Soyun Park has over two decades of community experience in anti-racism work and youth organizing. In the late 1990s, she helped mobilize a multiracial student and community coalition to pass Colorado’s anti-profiling law, which served a critical role post-9/11. Currently, Soyun is working with Chinese and Korean corner store owners in predominantly Black neighborhoods to combat anti-Blackness and anti-immigrant sentiments. She has partnered with the cities of Baltimore and Washington D.C. on legislation and education initiatives, and is working with the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health on an upcoming paper on corner store workers after the murder of Freddie Gray.
Steve Yip is a veteran of the Asian American radical political movement of the late 1960's and early 1970's in California. He is one of the co-editors with the late Fred Ho of the Asian American Movement anthology, "Legacy to Liberation: Politics and Culture of Revolutionary Asian Pacific America" (AK Press 2000). Steve is formerly associated with the work of Yuri Kochiyama, and is associated with the October 22nd Coalition to STOP Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation, as well as the Stop Mass Incarceration Network.