November 17, 2021/ 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

APRU "Global Perspectives on Anti-Asian Racism: Overcoming The Hate" Webinar Series

Part I: Understanding and Overcoming Anti-Asian Hate, October 28, 2021

Part II: Global Perspectives, November 17, 2021, 5:00 pm -- 7:30 pm 


While anti-Asian racism has already existed globally, the reemergence of geopolitical tensions, inequities and even violence are now in sharp focus because of the Covid-19 crisis and has revealed the rising and rampant hate.

This is a critical time for understanding and serious dialogue. Bringing together university students, experts, and leaders, APRU universities are creating a space to share knowledge and experience to have difficult conversations across the Asia-Pacific region. This dialogue is designed to open the door for more understanding of racially targeted hate and the ways that these ideas circulate and have influence of our daily lives.

The APRU community reflects the tightness of social networks across a widespread geographic region and we offer these discussions as a space to come together in unity to pinpoint opportunities for universities to build a more inclusive future.

APRU is committed to enhancing social well-being by acting to combat inequality and racism, promote diversity and inclusion, and the empowerment of women and minorities. This event is hosted by APRU with the University of California Los Angeles in partnership with The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The University of Auckland, and The University of British Columbia.


Part I: Understanding and Overcoming Anti-Asian Hate
Date & Time:
October 28 (Th), 6:00-7:30 pm (PST)
October 29 (FR), 9:00-10:30 am (Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore)

President Trump’s rhetoric blaming China for the COVID-19 pandemic unleashed a wave of violence and animus against Asians in the US on the heels of an intensifying trade war. In a one-year period from March 2020, there were over 6,800 incidents reported to the Stop AAPI Hate website. How can we understand this phenomenon in the context of Asian American history? What can we do to stop the rise in racial hatred? And what are cities doing to confront this problem? Four distinguished speakers will provide data and analysis, share effective interventions, and offer a comparative perspective on this important issue.

Welcome Remarks from Gene D. BLOCK, Chancellor, UCLA and APRU Chair

Robin Toma, Executive Director, Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations and President, International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies

Russell Jeung, Ph,D., Professor of Asian American Studies, San Francisco State University

Robert Greenberg, Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Auckland

Karen Umemoto, Ph.D., Helen and Morgan Chu Chair and Director, UCLA Asian American Studies Center

Moderator: Cindy Fan, Professor and Vice Provost for UCLA International Studies and Global Engagement


Part II: Global Perspectives
Date & Time:
November 17 (W), 5:00-7:30 pm (PST)
November 18 (Th), 9:00 am-11:30 AM (Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore)

The rise in anti-Asian hate crimes and acts of prejudice against people of Asian heritage during the COVID-19 era is not unique to the United States. Even during the earliest days of the outbreak, residents of Wuhan were victims of discrimination in other parts of China. Since that time, many countries around the globe have witnessed a rise in hate crimes and ethnic tension.

Featuring two panels, a faculty and student panel from four APRU universities (UCLA, The University of British Columbia, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and The University of Auckland), this forum provides a space for reflection, analysis, solidarity, and activism to explore Anti-Asian Hate in a global context.


Faculty Panel
Ying-yi HONG (康螢儀), Choh-Ming Li Professor of Management, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

Dr. Changzoo Song, Senior Lecturer, Asian/Korean Studies, The University of Auckland, New Zealand

Sunera Thobani, Associate Professor, Department of Asian Studies and the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, The University of British Columbia

Nguyễn-võ Thu-hương, Associate Professor in Asian Languages and Cultures and Asian American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

Student Panel
Hye Ji (Erica) Lee, Postgraduate Student in Sociology, The University of Auckland
Ka Wang (Kelvin) LAM, MPhil student, Department of Sociology, The University of Hong Kong

Jasmine Krings, University of California, Los Angeles

Suong Thai, PhD student in Cultural and Comparative Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

Moderator: Michael Berry, Professor of Contemporary Chinese Cultural Studies and Director of the UCLA Center for Chinese Studies at UCLA


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Sponsor(s): UCLA International Institute, Center for Chinese Studies, Asian American Studies Department

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