FALL 2014 Events

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Fall 2014 Events

Lau v. NicholsLau v. Nichols Conference
Friday, September 12th
9:00 AM-5:30 PM
City College of San Francisco, Chinatown Campus

On January 21, 1974, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled in Lau v. Nichols that the San Francisco Board of Education illegally discriminated against non- and limited-English-speaking Chinese immigrant students by denying them equal educational opportunity. For the first time in the history of the U.S., the Court recognized the rights of linguistic minorities in public education and, by extension, in other vital public services for people with different needs across the country. The decision also provided a strong legal basis for bilingual-bicultural education as the appropriate and effective remedy for children of limited-English-speaking ability.

This conference was convened by AAADS Professor Emeritus Ling-chi Wang, Edward Steinmann, Dean of Santa Clara Law, and J. Stanley Pottinger, former Assistant U.S. Attorney General. They were all instrumental in pushing the Court’s decision in LauOther esteemed speakers included: Libia Gil, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Education and Director of OELA, U.S. Department of Education; Richard Carranz, Superintendent, SFUSD and Rachel F. Moran, Dean of UCLA Law.

Reparations and the Human
Wednesday, October 8th 
12:00PM-1:30 PM
554 Barrows Hall

This presentation comes from UPENN Professor David L. Eng and his forthcoming book, “Reparations and the Human,” which investigates the problem of reparations and human rights in Cold War Asia. For the first time, the idea of reparations was extended to encompass individual and group claims for redress for state-sponsored violence in the name of human rights and in the interests of protecting the sanctity of human life.

AAADS Welcome reception
Friday, October 17th
12:00 PM-2:00 PM
Multicultural Community Center, Hearst Field Annex D-37

This year’s welcome reception took place on October 17th and was held at the Multicultural Community Center, Hearst Field Annex 37. A catered lunch buffet was served and many AAADS faculty, staff students, and community members were present. Irene Tu MCed again and there were performances from spoken word poet Jade Cho, an Ethnic Studies alum, and by Nomi, from the San Francisco based social justice hip-hop group, Power Struggle (Beatrock Music).


The Nuclear University and U.S. Power in the Pacific: Time for a new Free Speech Movement

Thursday, October 23rd
6:00 PM-9:30 PM
60 Evans Hall

A series of presenters (authors, professors, and other experts) will discuss U.S. power and its nuclear legacy in the Pacific and the role of the modern university in the formation of nuclear arsenals. 

Family Routes: Transnational Adoption & The Production of Nationhood
Thursday, November 6th
4:00 PM-5:30 PM
691 Barrows Hall

Professor Catherine Ceniza Choy will discuss the findings explored in her recent publication, Global Families: A History of Asian International Adoption in America. Prof. Choy unearths the little-known historical origins of Asian international adoption in the United States.  Professor Mark Jerng of UC Davis will discuss how transracial adoption has recently become a hotly contested subject of contemporary and critical concern. In his book, Claiming Others: Transracial Adoption and National Belonging, Prof. Jerng traces the practice of adoption to the early nineteenth century, revealing its surprising centrality to American literature, law, and social thought. 

Building Our Legacy: A Kickoff Dinner for the 50th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign
Friday, November 7th
9:00 AM-5:30 PM
Far East Cafe, 631 Grant Ave. 
San Francisco, Chinatown

The Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies (AAADS) Program, formerly known as Asian American Studies (AAS), will be hosting a celebratory dinner on Friday, November 7th at the Far East Café in San Francisco. This will be the kickoff event for a five-year fundraising campaign in connection with the 50th Anniversary of program.

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