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Events 2022

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China and the World Conference

When: February 12 and 13

Where: Panels and discussions will be in person on Vanderbilt's campus.

Please join us for the China and the World Conference presented by the Department of Asian Studies and others!


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From Vincent Chin to #StopAAPIHate
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When: March 24, 2022; 12:30pm

Where: Commons Center Multi-purpose Room (2nd floor)

Before the alarming escalation in anti-AAPI xenophobia resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, there was similar backlash decades prior amid the rise of the Japanese auto industry. The backlash included the murder of 27-year-old Chinese American Vincent Chin in 1982. This year marks the 40th anniversary of his death. From then until now, journalist and activist Helen Zia has been front and center in leading AAPI advocacy and she’s seen it all. Join us for a panel discussion as Helen shares her experience and observations on 40+ years of AAPI resistance, how far we’ve come since Vincent’s death, and the work we have left to do to achieve justice and equity.

Moderator: Rev. Laura M. Cheifetz, Assistant Dean of Admissions, Vocation & Stewardship, Vanderbilt Divinity School


  • Dr. Vivian Shaw, Mellon Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies, College of Arts & Science
  • Linken Lam, President of the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) at Peabody College
  • Varsha Nair, Senior Advisor for the South Asian Cultural Exchange (SACE) and the Asian American Advocacy Project (TAAAP)