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Date:
April 29, 2021
Time:
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location:
Zoom
Address:
Naper Settlement, IL 60540
Cost:
Free
April 29 Lecture
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Not Quite: Asian Americans and the “Other” in the Era of the Pandemic and the Uprising

Thursday, April 29, 2021

This virtual presentation encompasses a storytelling performance and a facilitated dialogue. Ada Cheng will be telling personal stories that reflect both the historical status of Asian Americans as well as the impact of current major crises facing us, particularly the rising anti-Asian violence under the pandemic.

This virtual lecture is led by Ada Cheng, a professor-turned-storyteller, solo performer, and storytelling show producer. She was a tenured professor in sociology at DePaul University from 2001-2016, a job she left to pursue storytelling and performance full time. This presentation is supported  by Illinois Humanities. 
                                                                                                                    
This presentation encompasses a storytelling performance and a facilitated dialogue. Cheng will be telling personal stories that reflect both the historical status of Asian Americans as well as the impact of current major crises facing us, particularly the rising anti-Asian violence under the pandemic. The stories will address the following concepts: 

Having citizenship is different from having a sense of home in the United States.
Othering immigrants of color through institutionalized practices, processes, and mechanisms.
How we reproduce inequalities through individual practices in addition to structural inequities.
The importance of intersectionality, such as the connection among gender, race, class, sexuality, immigration, and citizenship.
Historical and rising anti-Asian racism under the Pandemic as well as the necessity for cross-racial solidarity and alliance-building.

Illinois Humanities is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Illinois General Assembly [through the Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA)], as well as by contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations.  Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed by speakers, program participants, or audiences do not necessarily reflect those of the NEH, Illinois Humanities, IACA, their partnering organizations, or their funders. 

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This free virtual lecture is on Zoom, and pre-registration is required by clicking on the "register" button. Registrants will receive a Zoom invitation with information on how to access the virtual lecture prior to the event. Please note: only 100 spaces are available per lecture on a first-come, first-served basis. 

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