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Asian American Stories from the United States

Join Asia Society Northern California on Thursday, September 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Pacific for a hybrid program in San Francisco with Catherine ChoyAssociate Dean of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging, and Justice at UC Berkeley and Professor of Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, who will discuss her new book, Asian American Stories from the United States. This show will be hosted by Russell Youngco-founder of Stop AAPI Hate, Professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University and 2022 Asia Game Changer West Honoree.

Neil G. RuizAssociate Director of Race and Ethnicity Research at the Pew Research Center, will deliver a keynote address.

It will be a hybrid programwith in-person and virtual participants.

After the discussion, Professor Choy’s book will be available for in-person purchase and book signing 6:30-7:00 p.m. Wine and light refreshments will be served.

Choy’s book presents themes of anti-Asian hatred and violence, the erasure of Asian American history, and Asian American resistance to what has been omitted in a nearly 200-year history of migration. , work and Asian community training in the United States. Choy argues that Asian American experiences are central to any understanding of the history of the United States and its early 21st century existential crises.

This program is free for members of the Asia Society. Learn more and join today:

All in-person attendees on September 15 will be entered into a raffle to win a Southwest Airlines round-trip e-pass! Two participants will be selected by lottery during this program.


Date: Thursday, September 15, 2022 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Pacific

  • 5:00 p.m. In-person registration and networking
  • 5:30 p.m. The program begins
  • 6:30 p.m. The program concludes with an in-person book signing with Professor Catherine Choy. Wine and light refreshments will be served.
  • 7:00 p.m. The book signing ends

Venue: Bechtel Conference Center, San Francisco

All in-person guests must show identification and proof of vaccination prior to entry, and are encouraged to bring a mask.

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Catherine Ceniza Choy is the author of the recent book, Asian American Stories from the United Statesof Beacon Press in their ReVisioning History book series in August 2022. A committed public researcher, Choy has been interviewed and her research has been cited in numerous media, including ABC 2020, Atlantic, CNN, Los Angeles Times, BNC News, New York Times, ProPublica, San Francisco Chronicleand Voiceon coronavirus-related anti-Asian hatred and violence, the disproportionate toll of COVID-19 on Filipino nurses in the United States, and the racism and misogyny in the March 16, 2021, Atlanta killings.

Choy’s first book, Empire of Care: Nursing and Migration in Filipino American History (2003), explored how and why the Philippines became the top exporter of professional nurses to the United States. Healing Empire received on 2003 American Journal of Nursing History and the Asian American Studies Association Public Policy Book Award and History Book Award in 2005. Her second book, Global Families: A History of Asian International Adoption in America (2013), uncovered the little-known historical origins of Asian international adoption in the United States, beginning with the presence of the United States military in Asia after World War II. Choy also co-edited the anthology, Genre the transpacific world (2017), with Judy Tzu-Chun Wu. She is editor-in-chief of Brill’s book series Gendering the Trans-Pacific World, member of the editorial board of the journal social history of medicineand Advisory Board Member of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)-Mellon Planning Grants for Collaborative Digital Editions in African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, and Native American History and Ethnic Studies Program.

Choy is Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging, and Justice in UC’s Division of Computing, Data Science, and Society (CDSS). Berkeley. She was Chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies (2012-2015, 2018-2019) and former Associate Dean of the Division of Undergraduate Studies (2019-2021). She got her doctorate. in history from UCLA and his BA in history from Pomona College. The daughter of Filipino immigrants, she was born and raised in New York. She lives in Berkeley with her husband, Greg Choy, and their two children.

Russell Young (moderator) is a professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University and author of books and articles on race and religion. he wrote Family Sacrifices: Chinese American Worldviews and Ethics (Oxford U Press, 2019); Mountain Movers: Student Activism and the Emergence of Asian American Studies (UCLA AAS Center, 2019); and At Home in Exile: Finding Jesus Among My Refugee Ancestors and Neighbors (Zondervan, 2016).

For his research and activism, the Association of Asian American Studies awarded Dr. Jeung the title of Engaged Scholar in 2017. He received the Excellence in Professional Achievement Award from San Francisco State University in 2021.

In March 2020, Dr. Jeung co-founded Stop AAPI Hate with Chinese for Affirmative Action and the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council. It tracks incidents of discrimination related to COVID-19 to develop policy interventions and long-term solutions to racism.

Stop AAPI Hate received the 2021 Webby Award for “Social Movement of the Year”. In 2021, Dr. Jeung was named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People and Bloomberg’s 50 for Global Impact.

Neil G. Ruiz is Associate Director of Race and Ethnicity Research at the Pew Research Center. He studies the international movement of people across borders, high-skilled immigration to the United States and around the world, demographic analysis of Asian Americans, and comparative legal immigration systems. Prior to joining the Center, Ruiz was Executive Director of the Center for Law, Economics & Finance at George Washington University, and he has also worked as a migration and economic development expert at the Brookings Institution, the World Bank and the Bank Asian development. . He is a political economist and holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MA from the University of Oxford, and a BA from the University of California at Berkeley. Ruiz regularly speaks about American immigration research and international migration with major print and broadcast media.