Conference Examines Relations among Asians, Asian Americans, African Americans

Posted: January 16, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

“Asian Americans, Asians, and African Americans: Commonality and Conflict,” a mini-conference sponsored by the Public and International Affairs Department, is held today and tomorrow in Robinson Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Provost Peter Stearns opens the conference.

The conference will examine the nature of social and political relations among the groups, and will also examine other relevant issues, such as biracial Asian/African American identity formation and the significance for cross-cultural alliances and intergroup relations. The time frame is the period after 1965 when the changed immigration laws resulted in a large increase in the Asian presence in the United States and contact with African Americans.

Other areas to be explored include historical background; political and other interaction; conflict; biracial Asian/African American identity formation; the black Amerasian experience; biracial Asian/African Americans and intergroup relations; the role of the media; voting patterns and group affiliation; and prospects for the future.

For more information, contact Hazel McFerson at (703) 993-2961.

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