Past Events


February 20, 2013

Lockups, Land Grabs and Liberations: Asian Pacific Americans and US Civil Rights

Featuring: Karen Korematsu (co-founder of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education, and daughter of the late Fred Korematsu) Karen Kai, Robert Rusky, and Don Tamaki.

Sponsored by Asian Pacific American Studies and the School of Law. Co-sponsored by Asian Studies, Center for the Pacific Rim, Chican@ Latin@ Studies Criminal Justice Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, Ethnic Studies, Gleeson Library/Geschke Center, History Department, International Multicultural Education, Legal Studies, Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach, Peace and Justice Studies, Philosophy Department, Politics Department, School of Education and the Sociology Department. For more information

5:00 - 6:45pm, Fromm Hall, Maier Room


October 2, 2012

Diversity Resources at USF Open House

  • Diversity Minors
  • African American Studies
  • Asian American Studies
  • Chican@/Latin@ Studies
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Gender and Sexualities Studies

Learn about diversity classes that fulfill CORE & major requirements, how to minor in these areas and how these minors can benefit your professional careers and personal development.

The Cultural Centers
Intercultural Center
Gender and Sexuality Center

Learn about opportunities to explore your identity, develop your multicultural leadership skills, and how to help create more socially just communities

Refreshments will be provided. All are welcome. For more information please feel free to contact Dawn Lee Tu, Director of the Cultural Centers at

11:30a-1:30pm, UC 4th Floor Lounge

September 28, 2012 - Homegrown in California: Conflicts and Coalitions Across Difference
2nd Annual Critical Diversity Studies 2012 Forum On Friday, September 28th in McLaren 250 - 252, the College of Arts & Sciences' Diversity Task Force will be presenting a forum"Homegrown in California" as part of the Dean’s Lecture Series. Speakers include:

Christine Chavez (Former political director of the United Farm Workers and granddaughter of Cesar Chavez). Frank Wu (Chancellor of UC Hastings Law School and author of Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White). Francisco Herrera (Cultural worker, Community Organizer, Singer / Songwriter with music related to social justice, immigration and globalization).

This annual event (the Fall 2011 Forum "Invisible Cities," focused on environmental justice and issues of diversity), will commemorate several historical events that inspired interethnic and interracial coalition building in our state, including the 50th anniversary of the UFW (United Farm Workers), the workers' union that emerged out of the collaboration of a variety of groups including Mexican and Filipino farm laborers and organizers; the 30th anniversary of the Vincent Chin murder that brought together Asian Americans as a pan-ethnic group, and the 20th anniversary of the LA riots which were triggered by the Rodney King verdict, and helped motivate communities to work with each other across ethnic, racial and linguistic lines.

The tentative schedule of the forum is:

12:45-1:45 Discussion Tables: Bag lunch included, tables will be divided into themes with faculty/guest speakers leading discussion topics related to the forum. There will be a range of topics and optional readings for your classes if you are interested - please RSVP to EJ Jung ( by Tues 9/11 if you plan on bringing your class.
2:00-2:15 Transition to lecture room
2:15-2:25 Introductions
2:25-2:50 Frank Wu (Chancellor of UC Hastings Law School and author of Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White)
2:50-3:10 Francisco Herrera (Cultural worker, Community Organizer, Singer / Songwriter with music related to social justice, immigration and globalization)
3:15-4:00 Christine Chavez (Civil Rights, Labor Equality, and Social Justice Advocate and granddaughter of Cesar Chavez)
4:00-4:15 Q&A
with DJ Marlino, Da Five Foota Funk on turntables

Questions? Contact Co-Chairs Evelyn Rodriguez (, Roberto Gutierrez Varea ( or Evelyn Ho (

April 17, 2012 “One Voice” Premiere Film Screening + Q&A

One VoiceOne Voice tells the story of the Kamehameha Schools Song Contest through the eyes of the student song directors. Through the stories and lives of these contemporary high school students, the audience will experience Hawaiian culture as it has survived, flourished and grown through the universal power of music and song.

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm, Maier Room, Fromm Hall

April, 24 2012 Art Exhibit & Public Talk

Art Exhibit: Illusions of Harmony: Forgetting the Unnamable in Japanese and American History Kalmonovitz Hall Main Lobby

Public Talk: Beyond Obsequious: Honor, Abjection, and Agency in Japanese American Visual Culture. Scott Tsuchitani is an interdisciplinary visual artist based in San Francisco. His art has been shown in New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, and in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), SFMOMA Artists Gallery, Asian Art Museum and de Young Museum.

6:15 pm, Maier Room, Fromm Hall

March 20, 2012 - An Evening of Stories with Brian Komei Dempster and Nisei Elders and Contributors to Making Home From War: Stories of Japanese American Exile and Resettlement

The 10th anniversary celebration of Asian American Studies at USF continues with this reading showcasing authors from the new anthology Making Home from War: Stories of Japanese American Exile and Resettlement. In the early days of World War II, over 110,000 persons of Japanese ancestry, two-thirds of whom were American citizens, were forcibly removed from their homes along the West Coast and imprisoned in concentration camps. When they were finally allowed to leave, a new challenge faced them—how do you resume a life so interrupted? In this event, Japanese Americans will share their first-person accounts of this time period, reading from their published work in the recently published Making Home from War (Heyday 2011), a collection of stories about their exodus from concentration camps into a world which, in a few short years, had drastically changed. Along with these author readings, several participants from a related grant project led by Dempster, called Collecting Nisei Stories, will share their experiences of incarceration and post-war resettlement. This reading will illustrate the significant impact of wartime imprisonment on Japanese Americans, giving voice to their acts of resiliency and resistance during this tragic chapter in American history. Participating authors: Kiku Funabiki, Mary Ann Furuichi, Sato Hashizume, Taeko Ishida Abramson, Ruth Okimoto, Sally Osaki, Toru Saito, Harumi Serata, Jill Shiraki (project coordinator)

Brian Komei Dempster is a Sansei whose grandfather, Archbishop Nitten Ishida, a Buddhist priest, was taken by the FBI from the family's church home in San Francisco shortly after the December 7, 1941, bombing of Pearl Harbor. The archbishop was separated from his wife and children and interned at various Department of Justice camp locations; the rest of the family, including Brian's mother Renko, an infant at the time, was incarcerated at the Tanforan Assembly Center and then at the Central Utah Relocation Center (known as Topaz). Dempster is the editor of From Our Side of the Fence, which received a 2007 Nisei Voices Award from the National Japanese American Historical Society, and Making Home from War (Heyday 2011). His poems have been published in many journals and anthologies, and his first book of poems, Topaz, is forthcoming from Four Way Books in 2013. He is an associate professor of rhetoric and language and a faculty member in Asian American Studies at the University of San Francisco. In 2010, he was honored—along with Ronald Sundstrom—with the University's Distinguished Teaching Award. Sponsored by Asian American Studies. Co-sponsored by the First-Year Seminar Program. Special thanks to the California State Library—California Civil Liberties Public Education Program and the College of Arts and Dean’s Office for their support.

5:00 pm, Berman Room, Fromm Hall

March 20, 2012 Skype Mothers and Facebook Daughters: How Technology is Transforming Care Work in Transnational Families

Professor Francisco will present original research on the production and redefinition of care in the transnational Filipino family, including her concept of “multidirectionality of care” or the reorganization of care work through the use of technology that redefines new roles, definitions and forms of care in migrant families.

11:40 am - 12:45 pm, 251 McLaren Hall

February 21, 2012 Garrett Hongo Reading

The 10th anniversary of Asian American Studies at USF kicks off with a reading from poet Garrett Hongo. Hongo was born in Volcano, Hawai`i and grew up on the North Shore of O`ahu and in Los Angeles. He was educated at Pomona College, the University of Michigan, and UC Irvine, where he received an M.F.A. His work includes three books of poetry, three anthologies, and Volcano: A Memoir of Hawai`i. He is the editor of The Open Boat: Poems from Asian America (Anchor) and Under Western Eyes: Personal Essays from Asian America (Anchor). Poems and essays of his have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, Georgia Review, APR, Honolulu Weekly, Amerasia Journal, Virginia Quarterly Review, Raritan, and the LA Times. Among his honors are the Guggenheim Fellowship, two NEA grants, and the Lamont Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets. His latest book of poetry, Coral Road, was published by Knopf in Fall 2011. He is presently at work on a book of non-fiction entitled The Perfect Sound. He teaches at the University of Oregon, where he is Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences.

5:00pm-6:30pm, Fromm Hall, Berman Room


November 1, 2011 Diversity Resources at USF Open House

  • Diversity Minors
  • African American Studies
  • Asian American Studies
  • Chican@/Latin@ Studies
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Gender and Sexualities Studies

Learn about diversity classes that fulfill CORE & major requirements, how to minor in these areas and how these minors can benefit your professional careers and personal development.

The Cultural Centers
Intercultural Center
Gender and Sexuality Center

Learn about opportunities to explore your identity, develop your multicultural leadership skills, and how to help create more socially just communities

Refreshments will be provided. All are welcome. For more information please feel free to contact Dawn Lee Tu, Director of the Cultural Centers at

11:30a-1:30pm, UC 4th Floor Lounge

September 16, 2011 Invisible Cities: A Forum on Racial, Economic, and Environmental Justice in America

This interdisciplinary forum will explore the critical intersections of class, race, gender, the environment, and justice. Faculty from Ethnic Studies, African American Studies, Asian American Studies, Center for Latino Studies in the Americas (CELASA), and Gender and Sexualities Studies have collaborated in the development of this program, and this effort is part of the College of Arts & Sciences Diversity Task Force. The forum will is open to to the entire university community.

The forum will feature the following presentations:

DJ Marlino, "The Five Foota Funk" , a 23-year veteran to the DJing game, brings an aggressive, hard hitting, head nodding, hands in the air, party rocking set to every dance floor or airwave he encounters. He has worked at WILD 94.9, was an On-Air Personality and Mixshow DJ at Jammin Z90.3 FM in San Diego and has opened up at several concerts for various artists such as Ice Cube, Westside Connection, Naughty By Nature, Xzibit, Destiny's Child, and many more, and has headlined specialty parties like the Maxim Party at the Harris Rincon Casino.

Anthony Khalil , Heron’s Head Park Naturalist and Tracy Zhu , former EcoCenter Program Manager will represent Literacy for Environmental Justice (LEJ) Their presentation titled “Open Space Equity and Environmental Justice in San Francisco” is designed to acknowledge the history and legacies of the environmental movement. They will critically address how discrepancies in open space access across the San Francisco landscape affect efforts to provide people of color and low-income communities a welcoming and inclusive arena to participate in the environmental movement. LEJ’s work will present the on-the-grounds solutions for creating a more inclusive arena for youth and the Bayview Hunter’s Point community.

Steve Lerner is the Research Director at Commonweal, a nonprofit health and environmental research institute located in Bolinas, CA. Author of numerous books, his talk will focus on his most recent book, Sacrifice Zones: The Front Lines of Toxic Chemical Exposure in the United States (2010). Across the US, thousands of people, most of them in low-income or minority communities, live next to heavily polluting industrial sites. Lerner tells the stories of 12 communities that rose up to fight industries and military bases causing disproportionately high levels of chemicals. He argues that residents these sacrifice zones, tainted with chemical pollutants, need additional regulatory protections.

Paul Flores ,, is a published poet, playwright, novelist and nationally prominent spoken word artist. Flores' past performance projects have taken him from HBO's Def Poetry to Cuba, Mexico and El Salvador. He is the co-founder of Youth Speaks and currently teaches Hip-Hop Theater and Spoken Word at the University of San Francisco. Flores' plays include FEAR OF A BROWN PLANET directed by Tony Garcia, REPRESENTA! directed by Danny Hoch, YOU'RE GONNA CRY directed by Brian Freeman, and PLACAS directed by Michael John Garcés. Paul was recently named the San Francisco Weekly’s 2011 Best Politically Active Hip-Hop Performance Artist.

Cinthya Muñoz is an immigrant rights organizer Causa Justa :: Just Cause , In 2009, St. Peter’s Housing Committee and Just Cause Oakland combined to create Causa Justa :: Just Cause, bringing together the organization’s respective work in the Latino community in San Francisco and the African American community in Oakland into a single, regional organization for racial and economic justice. Cinthya’s political involvement began in high school student, where she organized against the criminalization of young people of color by school officials and the police. She soon after became involved in the immigrant rights movement and was instrumental in organizing student walkouts, community forums and marches as part of the massive immigrant rights strikes of May 1, 2006.

For more information, contact Evelyn Ho ( or Pamela Balls Organista (

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Presentation Theater

September 20, 2011 Asian American Youths' Stereotypes, Racism, and Coping

Dr. Yeh is a Professor in the Counseling Psychology Department at the University of San Francisco. Professor Yeh's research investigates cross-cultural issues within the field of Counseling Psychology and specifically researches areas such as Asian American mental health, Asian immigrant cultural adjustment, issues impacting school counselors, and multicultural modes of coping. Co-Sponsored by the USF Committee on Children and Youth and the Asian American Studies Program.

11:40 am - 12:30 pm, ED 110

September 20, 2011 Screening: Slaying the Dragon Reloaded

"Slaying the Dragon Reloaded: Asian Women in Hollywood and Beyond" is a 30-minute video documentary that examines visual representations of Asian women made by commercial media as well as independent Asian American artists. The story picks up where "Slaying the Dragon: Asian Women in U.S. Television and Film" (1988) ends, with Hollywood representations of Asian women from 1984 to 2009 to explore how these images reflect the significant social and demographic changes that have occurred during the last quarter of the 20th century. The sequel also showcases Asian American media makers as the proliferation of alternative media creates more opportunities to challenge and broaden perspectives of women.

7:49 pm, Berman Room, Fromm Hall

April 26, 2011 Diversity In Filipino/Asian American Communities: Exploring Racial, Geographic and Generational Differences in Literature

Authors will be asked to provide an overview of their work and be given the opportunity to ask each other questions related to the exploration of racial, geographic and generational diversity in Fil Am/Asian Am communities. Moderators will lead a Q&A session with the panelists and open questions from the audience will follow. Panelists include Peter Jamero (Growing up Brown: Memoirs of a Filipino American and Vanishing Filipino Americans: The Bridge Generation), Pati Poblete (The Oracles), and Janet Stickmon (Crushing Soft Rubies). This event is co-sponsored by Literacy Initiative International Foundation (LIIF), Asian American Studies, Ethnic Studies, Asian Pacific American Student Coalition, and Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program.

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm, Maier Hall Fromm Hall

Tiger Mom April 12, 2011 Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother: Roundtable Discussion - This roundtable discussion for Asian American Heritage month will focus on responses to Amy Chua's book The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.This event is sponsored by Asian American Studies and the Asian Pacific American Student Coalition.

5:00 pm-6:30 pm, Maraschi Room Fromm Hall

March 8, 2011 The Asian American Acting Legacy of Anna May Wong - “One considerable spot of yellow that has come to stay on the silver of the screen”, as she referred to herself, Anna May Wong was a pioneer in American film at a time when both her gender and her race were problematic. Join Dr. Elaine H. Kim, writer and director of Slaying the Dragon Reloaded: Asian Women in Hollywood and Beyond and coordinator of UC Berkeley’s Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies program, for an illustrated discussion of Yunha Hong’s new film Anna May Wong: In Her Own Words and an exploration of the larger topic of Asian American’s in film, yesterday and today. Stephen Gong, Executive Director of the Center for Asian American Media, and actress Theresa Navarro will join Dr. Kim in conversation about Wong and her lasting legacy. Sponsored by the USF Center for the Pacific Rim and Asian American Studies in conjunction with the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival.

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC; RSVP recommended. Please call (415) 422-6828. For more details visit the Center for Asian American Media.

5:45 pm, Fromm Hall


/uploadedImages/Destinations/College_of_Arts_and_Sciences/Undergraduate_Programs/African-American_Studies/BanEthnic.jpgOctober 14, 2010 Ban Ethnic Studies? A forum on Arizona's proposed law and its possible impact on Ethnic Studies in public schools. A panel discussion with Roberto Gutierrez Varea, Susana Kaiser, Ronald Sundstrom, Pamela Balls-Organista. Co-sponsored by African American Studies, Asian American Studies, Ethnic Studies, Latino and Chicano Studies, CELASA, and College of Arts and Sciences.
5:30 pm, Maier Hall

April 15, 2010 Sacrifice The Gender, Sexuality & Women's Student Resource Center (GSWSRC) hosts a screening of Sacrifice with a Q&A session to follow with the filmmaker, Ellen Bruno. Sacrifice is a story of child prostitutes from Burma. Co-sponsored by Asian American Studies, International and Area Studies, and Gender and Sexuality Studies.
6:00 pm, Fromm Hall

April 22, 2010 Identities and Influence: A Panel of Emerging Asian American Women Writers - A reading and Q&A series featuring Kathryn Ma, Anita Amirrezvani, Barbara Jane Reyes, and Shawna Yang Ryan. Moderated by Marianne Villanueva. Presented by the MFA in Creative Writing Program with the Asian American studies program and co-sponsored by the Center for the Pacific Rim and Asia Society Northern California.


September 29, 2009 Better Luck Tomorrow - A film screening followed by discussion.

5:00-8:00 pm, Maier Hall

April 27, 2009 Christian Faith and Asian American Activism - Local religious leaders and activists in the Asian American Christian community discuss the role of their religious organizations in the early beginnings of the Asian American Movement. The current role of Asian American Christian faith and religion in shaping current discourse in the Asian American Movement and in Asian American Studies will also be examined. Co-sponsored by African American Studies, Asian Studies, Ethnic Studies, Gender & Sexualities Studies, Institute for the Study of Asian American Christianity, Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought, Leo T. McCarthy Center for PUblic Service and the Common Good, Office of Multicultural Student Services, Philosophy Department, Politics Department, University Ministry, USF Center for the Pacific Rim, USF LGBTQ Caucus, Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program.
5:00-6:30 pm, Fromm Hall

April 30, 2009 The News Environment in China and Hong Kong and the Role of Independent Media Lam Oi Wan teaches "Cyberpolitics" in the Chinese University of Hong Kong and works as Northeast Asia editor and coordinator of and the Global Voices Advocacy Project regarding internet censorship. Iam-Chong Ip teaches in the department of Cultural Studies at Lingnan University, Hong Kong, and is one of the founders of Hong Kong In-media ( Presented by the Davies Forum. Co-sponsored by the Center for the Pacific Rim, the Journalism Innovations II Conference, the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good and the Asian American Studies Program.

5:00 pm, Bermann Hall