Grace Kim: Anti-Asian Racism and Our Responses: On Interrupting the History of Othering

Incidents of anti-Asian racism drastically increased during the Covid-19 pandemic, and included more recent violence toward older adults and women. At the same time, anti-Asian racism is not new; it has a long history in the U.S. This presentation will critically explore some of the enduring perceptions about Asian Americans both historically and at the current moment, including perceptions as foreigners and model minority, and how Asian Americans have been racialized. Participants will be invited to consider systemic issues related to racial justice and their implications for teaching and learning in the higher education.

Grace S. Kim, Ph.D., is a Clinical Associate Professor in the department of Counseling Psychology and Applied Human Development at Boston University, Wheelock College of Education and Human Development. Her research has two foci: Social justice education and Asian American Psychology. With regard to social justice education, she explores how students understand meanings of diversity, how to effectively teach diversity and social justice, and how to train future professionals to be more culturally humble and competent. With regard to Asian American Psychology, she researches negotiation of racial and ethnic identities, experiences of belonging and exclusion, and mental health in Asian Americans. Dr. Kim is currently working on two co-authored books on social justice education. The first is a primer on social justice education, entitled, “Unraveling Assumptions: A Primer for Understanding Oppression and Privilege; and the second is a book for educators, “Teaching Diversity Relationally: Engaging Emotions and Embracing Possibilities.” She is a fellow of the Asian American Psychological Association and the president of Section 5 (Asian Pacific American Women) of APA Division 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women)

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Friday, April 9 at 11:00am to 12:15pm

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