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Welcoming Dialogue on Asian American/Pacific Islander Bias is a Course

Welcoming Dialogue on Asian American/Pacific Islander Bias


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About This Course:

Building on the race course, this To Be Welcoming course focuses on bias and the experiences of Asian peoples in the United States. Here, we engage how different biases affect the economic, social, and cultural experiences of people who identify as Asian or Pacific Islander. We begin with key terms like Asian American and Pacific Islander, followed by a video module featuring faculty experts answering commonly asked questions. Next, we provide context by exploring key issues facing Asian people in America. We conclude with points for starting your own discussions on Asian/Pacific Islander bias and considering appropriate responses.


English proficiency

Prior to taking this course, it is highly recommended that you complete TBW100, To be Welcoming: Foundational Course and TBW 200 Welcoming Dialogue on Racial Bias. These courses will provide you with the context and vocabulary necessary to make the most out of this course.


Meet Your Instructors

Dr. Aaron Bae
Lecturer, Asian Pacific American Studies - School of Social Transformation Arizona State University

Aaron Bae currently serves as a Lecturer in Asian Pacific American Studies for the School of Social Transformation on Arizona State University's Tempe campus. He previously served as a Faculty Associate for Asian Pacific American Studies and History. His current research focuses on multiracial alliances among internationalist radicals in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1960s and 1970s. More broadly, his research and teaching interests encompass historical and contemporary topics involving social and political movements and im/migration, often employing comparative and global frameworks for the United States.

Dr. Karen Kuo
Associate Professor, Asian Pacific American Studies - School of Social Transformation Arizona State University

Karen Kuo is associate professor and lead faculty of Asian Pacific American Studies in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. Her research and publications examine the representations of Asian Americans through literature, film, and cultural theories of race, gender, and sexuality. Her book, East is West and West is East: Gender, Culture, and Interwar Encounters between Asia and America. Temple University Press (November, 2012) examines the geopolitical imaginaries of US orientalism in film and literature during the interwar period. She is working on two forthcoming projects: an edited anthology on Taiwanese Americans, Remembering the Beautiful Island: Critically Considering Transnational Taiwanese/America; and a book exploring representations and discourses of reproduction and mental illness through Asian American women’s literary narratives.