Crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) have spiked since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020. Similar crimes have a long history in California, in particular, and are a symptom of the country’s wider challenges in the struggle against racism.
Building an awareness of this history and providing practical steps to respond effectively to anti-AAPI crime as it is occurring today are the twin purposes of this webinar, grounded in the civil rights message central to the history of Harada House, a National Historic Landmark in Riverside, California.
This program will present a series of short presentations followed by a question-and-answer period. The topic is set against the backdrop of the Harada House as a symbol of triumph over racism, perseverance, and social justice. The Museum of Riverside, which is steward for Harada House, is supported by the Harada House Foundation and Inlandia Institute in presenting this free program.
In 1916 in Riverside, Japanese immigrant Jukichi Harada was criminally prosecuted in a racially motivated attempt to deny the Harada family their own home. Panelists will consider what motivates discriminatory behavior and hate crimes. They will reflect on differences between past and present crimes, consider the potential role of ethnic studies in battling racism, and offer practical ideas for all who wish to be part of the work to eliminate racism.
Panelists confirmed include Kimberly Harada (Elementary education teacher, southern California), David Inoue (CEO, Japanese American Citizens League), Linda Leu (Executive Director, IMPACT Bay Area), Curtis Takada Rooks, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, Loyola Marymount University), Mark Takano (U.S. House of Representatives, California District 41), and Carolee Tran, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, UC-Davis). The panel will be introduced by Riverside City Manager Al Zelinka and moderated by Museum of Riverside Director Robyn Peterson.