Duke Law | Rising Anti-Asian Violence

April 15, 2021

The Office of Dean and Kerry Abrams host this discussion on 'Rising Anti-Asian Violence in the U.S.,' with guest speakers Robert Chang JD/MA '92, executive director of the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality and professor of law at the Seattle University School of Law; Stephen Lee, professor of law and associate dean for Faculty Research and Development at the UC-Irvine School of Law; and Jo-Ann Yoo, executive director of the Asian American Federation. This discussion is moderated by Bethan Eynon, director of Public Interest Careers at Duke Law.

Panelists provided key frameworks for understanding and disrupting the nuanced ways in which structural racism in America uniquely impacts those who identify and who are identified as Asian American and Pacific Islander, including the "model minority myth" and "foreigner status."

They discussed how all types of anti-Asian bias can be placed within these analyses to understand the context for what can seem like individualized and isolated issues. Attendees will walk away with a better understanding of how anti-Asian bias and discrimination fits within broader structural racism concepts and will be challenged to consider our implicit biases.

Sponsored by the Office of the Dean and the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association at Duke Law.