AAAS Solidarity Statement

The Association for Asian American Studies unites in solidarity with our Black family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and co-workers to call for an immediate end to anti-Black racism and the killing of Black people. We are an organization committed to social justice, intersectional analysis, and global human rights. Our fight against anti-Asian pandemic racism is rooted in a common struggle against White supremacy. The recent murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and George Floyd propel us to state, clearly and definitively, that Black lives matter and that we must abolish the militarized police state in which anti-Black racism is embedded. To end global anti-Black racism, we must fight racism in our local communities and educate ourselves and others about the rich history of Black Americans and support, validate, and value Black lives now and always.

The Association for Asian American Studies Board of Directors

Karin Aguilar-SanJuan, Mid-West Representative

Falu Bakrania, Northern California and Nevada Representative

Keva Bui, Graduate Student Representative

Jason Oliver Chang, New England/Central and Eastern Canada Representative

Jenny DeLuna, Assistant Director

Chris A. Eng, Section Representative

Anna Gonzalez, Managing Director

Jennifer Ho, President

Caroline Kyungah Hong, Mid-Atlantic Representative

Mimi Khuc, Contingent Faculty Representative

Jinah Kim, Southern California Representative

Tamara Ko, Associate Director

Karen Kuo, Interior West/South Representative

Roderick Labrador, Pacific Northwest, Hawai’i and Pacific Islands & Western Canada Representative

Paul Lai, Archivist