Published: March 6, 2023

Join the conversation about social movements circulating in Global Asia and Asian America.

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Event Description:

The event topic on the circulation of contemporary social justice movements will examine interconnections among social movements in Asia and across a variety of Asian diasporas, including struggles against racism(s), labor movements, refugee/migrant organizing, and religious and nationalist movements. 

This virtual panel will feature 3 scholars in conversation, roundtable style, followed by a 20-minute Q&A.

Professor Miliann Kang, PhD, teaches at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the College of Humanities & Fine Arts. Dr. Kang will discuss the role of mothers in social movements, especially Asian American activism, from Lily Chin, mother of Vincent Chin, who galvanized nationwide organizing after her son's murder, to Patsy Mink, first woman of color elected to Congress who is known as the "mother of Title IX," to contemporary maternal activism against anti-Asian racism. Dr. Kang studies Asian American feminisms, immigrant women’s work and labor issues, race and reproductive politics, and gender, work and family issues in transnational contexts. 

People often refer to 1990s Japan as the “lost decade” because of the economic malaise that set in after the bubble burst at the end of the 80s. Dr. Petrice Flowers, Associate Professor at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, will focus on how this decade and the following were a renaissance of activism, often led by women. Her research focuses on Japan in an international context and investigates the global-local connections between Japan and the world. 

Dr. Deepti Misri is an Associate Professor in the Department of Women and Gender Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her areas of interest span South Asian literary and cultural production, transnational feminist studies, and feminist theory and criticism. Dr. Misri will consider women-led forms of activism and art in the context of Kashmir, also examining instrumentalist state mobilizations of “women’s rights” discourses, and reflecting on avenues for transnational solidarity with Kashmiri women.


Co-Sponsored by CU Boulder's Center for Humanities and the Arts and the Global Asias Initiative.

Event Panelists

Miliann Kang

Miliann Kang, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Miliann Kang is Professor in Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies and affiliated faculty in Sociology and Asian/Asian American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the author of The Managed Hand: Race, Gender and the Body in Beauty Service Work and is completing her next book, Mother Other: Race and Reproductive Politics in Asia America (under contract with the University of California Press). She was a Fulbright Senior Scholar with Ewha University, and a Korea Foundation Fellow with Seoul National University, researching work and family issues for Asian and Asian American women in transnational contexts. She served for four years as Director of Diversity Advancement for the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, as Graduate Program Director for multiple terms and as co-organizer for an National Science Foundation ADVANCE grant to support women and non-binary faculty of color. 

Petrice Flowers

Petrice Flowers, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Dr. Petrice Flowers is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her research focuses on international norms and domestic politics in Japan. She published her first book, Refugees, Women and Weapons: International Norm Adoption and Compliance in Japan in 2009. Dr. Flowers has two monographs under contract: “Expanding Protection: Human Rights Networking in Japan and Korea” and “Refugee Policies in East Asia”. She writes widely on topics that focus on global-local connections between Japan and the world, including on issues related to civil society and transnational advocacy networks. She has received funding for research from the Fulbright US Scholars Program and the Social Science Research Council, among others. 

Deepti Misri

Deepti Misri, University of Colorado Boulder

Deepti Misri is a literary and cultural critic whose work focuses broadly on questions of gender, violence and representation. Her areas of interest span South Asian literary and cultural production, transnational feminist studies, and feminist theory and criticism. Her current work focuses on literary and visual representations of militarized occupation in Indian-administered Kashmir.