Race in America: AAPI Struggle, Solidarity, & Trans-Pacific Perspectives

The event will be held Saturday, May 29 at 9:00 AM ET. To register for the event, please click here.

Anti-Asian prejudice and discrimination has accelerated in the U.S. since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. President Biden and his administration have since vowed to address hate crimes and violence against Asian Americans, and Congress has passed historic legislation aimed at strengthening federal efforts to address such violence.

How can anti-Asian discrimination be understood alongside the struggle of Black and African Americans and other ethnic minorities? How have Asian Americans and Black Americans expressed solidarity against racial discrimination in the past? What does solidarity and allyship look like in the future? The Carter Center China Focus and the Center for American Studies at Fudan University have organized a webinar to address these questions from a uniquely global perspective.

We are honored to have Dr. Qin Gao from Columbia University and Dr. Keisha Brown from Tennessee State University as panelists. Discussants from the U.S., China, South Korea, Vietnam, and Singapore will also participate. This event is sponsored, in part, by the China Research Center and the National Association of Chinese Americans.

The event will be held Saturday, May 29 at 9:00 AM ET. To register for the event, please click here or scan the QR code.





Qin GAO is Professor of Social Policy at the Columbia University School of Social Work and the Founding Director of the Columbia China Center for Social Policy. Dr. Gao studies poverty, inequality, social policy, migration, and child development in China and their international comparisons. She is also on the faculty of the Committee on Global Thought and Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University and a Public Intellectual Fellow of the National Committee on United States-China Relations. Qin Gao’s book, Welfare, Work, and Poverty: Social Assistance in China (Oxford University Press, 2017) presents a systematic and comprehensive evaluation of the world’s largest social welfare program, Dibao.

Keisha A. BROWN joined Tennessee State University as an Assistant Professor of History in the Department of History, Political Science, Geography, and Africana Studies in the College of Liberal Arts in 2015. Keisha Brown received her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame with a double major in American Studies and Chinese and her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. In addition to teaching World History II and Global Culture in History courses, Dr. Brown has also developed new courses related to her research. Professor Brown is a historian of modern China, with allied interests in race and ethnic studies, postcolonial theory and social and cultural history in modern East Asia.


Weifeng HUANG is professor of American Studies at Hangzhou Dianzi University. Professor Huang got his Ph.D. at Nanjing University in 2002 and undertook a post-doctoral program at Beijing Foreign Studies University from September 2006 to March 2009. As a visiting scholar, he studied American culture with John Stauffer in the History of American Civilization Department, Harvard University, from August 22, 2011 through August 21, 2012. He has working experience at a few universities, including Guangxi Normal University, Wenzhou University, and Wenzhou-Kean University. Mainly interested in American racial relations, African American Studies, and translation practice, he has authored 3 monographs and more than 30 academic papers. His book on the Harlem Renaissance was honored with the Second Prize by the Association of Social Sciences in Zhejiang Province in 2011. Sponsored by the Department of State, he paid a visit to the United States as a member of IVLP (Internal Visitor Leadership Program) in 2011.

Congyue WANG obtained her Ph.D., M.A. and B.A. respectively in International Relations from the School of International Studies, Renmin University of China. From 2014 to 2015, She finished the sandwich-type Ph.D. program of the Graduate School of Global Politics (GSGP), the Free University, Berlin and received the certificate of “Joint Supervision Ph.D.”. Wang joined the Institute of American Studies, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and worked as an assistant research Professor in the Social and Cultural Apartment since 2017. Her field of research are the American race and ethnic relations, immigration policy and social movement especially. Wang is the author of the United States and the European Union’s North African Security Policy Research, she has also translated The Disuniting of America: Reflections on a Multicultural Society (Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.), which will be published by Shanghai Translation Publishing House recently. Besides, Wang has participated in writing the manuscript of “Social and Cultural Factors of U.S. Evolvement” as well as “Annual Report on Research of USA”, and published over ten academic articles in journals such as Fudan American Review, American Studies Quarterly, Deutschland Studien, Journal of International Relations, etc., and has written commentaries on current events for major media outlets in China occasionally.

Shaohua ZHAN is Associate Professor of Sociology at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. His research interests include international migration, land politics, food security, and rural transformations, with a focus on China and other East Asian nations. His current research compares Chinese and Indian Immigrants in Singapore, Los Angeles and Vancouver, in collaboration with Prof Min Zhou at UCLA and Prof Miu Chung Yan at UBC. Another research project examines food politics in China and its global implications. He is the author of The Land Question in China: Agrarian Capitalism, Industrious Revolution, and East Asian Development (2019). His recent articles on Asian immigrants include “Precarious Talent: Highly skilled Chinese and Indian immigrants in Singapore” (Ethnic and Racial Studies, vol.43, no.9, 2020) and “New dynamics of multinational migration: Chinese and Indian migrants in Singapore and Los Angeles.” (Geographical Research vol.58, no.4, 2020).

Shang E. HA is professor of Political Science at Sogang University in Korea. After obtaining his B.A. and M.A. from Seoul National University, Ha went to the University of Chicago and received her doctoral degree in political science in 2007. Ha was postdoctoral associate at Yale University and taught at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York from 2009 to 2015. Ha has published many articles in peer-reviewed journals including Journal of International and Area Studies, International Journal of Intercultural Relations, International Journal of Intercultural Relations, etc.

CHUNG Hoang Chuong is a professor of Asian American studies, and previously taught at City College of San Francisco. They hold an Ed.D from the University of San Francisco, an MA in Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco with special emphasis on bilingual education, and an MFA in Film and Photography from Lone Mountain College, San Francisco.