Contemporary Asian American Activism & Intergeneration Perspectives: An Activist-Scholar Symposium -- Jan. 24-25 at UCSB

Event Date: 

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 6:00pm
Friday, January 25, 2019 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Friday, January 25, 2019 - 7:00pm

Event Date Details: 

Livestream: We'll be livestreaming the symposium on Facebook Live!

Join us here:

Thursday (1/24),  6 – 7:30 PM PST: livestream of Pam Tau Lee’s keynote address

Friday (1/25), 11 AM – 1 PM PST: livestream of symposium panels

Event Location: 

  • UCSB MultiCultural Center

Event Contact: 

For more information, contact: Diane Fujino of UCSB at or Robyn Rodriguez of UC Davis at

This symposium brings together some of the most important Asian American community organizers and activist-scholars to discuss various aspects of Asian American grassroots activism today, including immigrant rights, environmental justice, labor, housing, education, prisons, state violence, intersectional racialized gender and heteropatriarchy, and international solidarity work. 

Please feel free to download a flyer for this event, as well as learn more about it in the UCSB Current:

Thursday, January 24, 2019, 6-7:30 PM, UCSB MultiCultural Center

Keynote Speaker, Pam Tau Lee:  The Struggle to Abolish Environmental Racism: Asian Radical Imaginings from the Homeland to our Frontlines

Rooted in 50 years of Asian American radical activism and environmental justice organizing, Pam Tau Lee addresses the question, “Can an Asian radical perspective contribute toward achieving environmental justice?” Pam Lee is a founding member of the Chinese Progressive Association, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, and the Just Transition Alliance. 

Friday, January 25, 2019, 11 AM – 3 PM, UCSB MultiCultural Center

Asian American Activism Symposium

Speakers include:

  • Angelica Cabande, South of Market Community Action Network
  • Ga Young Chung, Korean undocumented immigration rights
  • May Fu, University of San Diego, educational transformation
  • Soya Jung, Change Lab
  • Pam Tau Lee, Asian American environmental justice organizer and veteran Asian American Movement activist
  • Irma Shauf-Bajar, GABRIELA USA
  • Alex Tom, Chinese Progressive Association
  • Eddy Zheng, Asian Prisoner Support Committee
  • Karen Umemoto, UCLA, activist-scholarship and juvenile justice reform


11:00-11:15 AM   Welcome

11:15-12:05 PM   Panel I
                             -Sonya Jung, Change Lab
                             -Alex Tom, CPA
                             -Eddy Zheng,Asian Prisoner Support Committee
                             -Ga Young Chung, Korean undocumented girls
                             -Karen Umemoto, Juvenile Justice Reform

12:10-12:50 PM   Panel II
                             -Irma Shauf-Bajar, GABRIELA USA
                             -Angelica Cabande, SOMCAN
                             -May Fu, Educational Transformation
                             -Pam Tau Lee, Asian American organizing

12:50-1:15 PM   Lunch -- open & free to all attendees and participants.
                            Hosted by the UCSB Department of Asian American Studies

1:15 - 2: 15 PM   Break-out Discussions
                             Lunch continued into the discussions

2:20 - 3:00 PM    Reflection and Commentary

Friday, January 25, 2019, 7 PM, La Casa de la Raza

Community Dialogue on Intergenerational Solidarities

601 E. Montectio Street, Santa Barbara
Light dinner provided free at 7 PM / Dialogue at 7:30 PM

Hosted by the UCSB Department of Asian American Studies, UC Davis Department of Asian American Studies, and UCLA Asian American Studies Center. Sponsored by the UC Humanities Research Institute; UC Davis Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies; from UCSB: Center for Black Studies Research, Office of the Dean of Social Sciences, Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, MultiCultural Center, Global Environmental Justice Project, Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, and Nikkei Student Union, API Task Force; Fund for Santa Barbara, La Casa de la Raza, Ethnic Studies Now! Santa Barbara.

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of Asian American Studies
UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis, UCLA