Still Learning, Still Me: An Outlet 

COVID-19 has made starkly visible the enduring racial injustices before the pandemic. Unsurprisingly, Black, Latinx and Indigenous communities have disproportionately borne the burden of disease given longstanding racial and socioeconomic inequities. Neither should the rise in anti-Asian racism feel unfamiliar, given the historically conditional acceptance of Asian Americans. As we have grappled with a pandemic whose toll has stretched widely, we have also had to confront the brutality of continued racial violence-- of police murdering Black people like George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. These crises have brought to the forefront that the current system does not work for all communities of color.

The saliency of Asian Americans’ conditional acceptance leaves us to grapple with questions regarding allyship, solidarity, racial justice and systems of oppression. How can we show up for other communities, while still acknowledging our struggles with an escalation of anti-Asian racism? Where do we fit in the fight against White supremacy? What can our predecessors’ works in coalitions and “Afro-Asian Solidarity” tell us about solidarity and allyship in today’s movement? How can we interrogate systems of oppression that-- though in distinctly different ways-- affect us all, without reproducing a narrative of racial oppression?

 

Drawing from past conversations, lectures and workshops, this digital exhibit provides a space for students to process questions about identity, racial justice and oppression. It uses art as a mode of critical self-reflection, working through our Asian American community’s own struggles with increased hate crimes and our role in a seemingly binary race war that employs us as racial wedges. This exhibit will be housed virtually on the Hunter College AANAPISI Project (HCAP) website.

Theme 1: Identity 

Theme 2: Checking In With Myself 

Theme 3: Learning As A Process 

Theme 4: Learning As A Process (Continued)

Theme 5: Action