Published: May 25, 2023

Event: Introducing Asian American and Pacific Islander Identities

Join Julia Shizuyo Popham, PhD Student of CU Boulder's Department of Comparative Ethnic Studies, for a presentation on Asian American history and Asian American and Pacific Islander identities at the Lafayette Public Library on Thursday, May 25, 2023, at 6:30 pm. Tote bags will be available (first come, first served, while supplies last).

Event Info:

Lafayette Public Library Talk flyer

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AAPI tote bag content

Tote Bags:

    The tote bags will include tools to help people learn about Asian American history and identity, with the purpose of creating more inclusive communities for AAPI Americans and stopping anti-Asian racism. 

    Each tote bag will contain:



    Each tote bag includes two titles from the following selection of books:

    • Asian American Histories of the United States by Catherine Ceniza Choy (Beacon Press, 2022)
    • Like Water: A Cultural History of Bruce Lee by Daryl Joji Maeda (NYU Press, 2022)
    • Habitat Threshold by Craig Santos Perez (Omnidawn, 2020)
    • The Sense of Wonder: A Novel by Matthew Salesses’s (Little, Brown and Company, 2023)
    • This is One Way to Dance: Essays by Sejal Shah (University of Georgia Press, 2020)
    • On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong (Penguin Books, 2021)

    Find more books celebrating AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) Month in the Lafayette Public Library catelog

    About the Speaker

    Julia Shizuyo Popham image

    Julia Shizuyo Popham’s interests lie at the intersection of affect, material culture, and racialized state violence. Her current work surrounds an extensive collection of paintings artist Fukunosuke Kusumi produced while confined in the Santa Anita Detention Facility in Arcadia, California and the Amache Incarceration Camp in Southeastern Colorado from 1942-1945. Through this work, she investigates the ways in which Kusumi engaged artmaking to endure seemingly unendurable conditions (gaman) and even make joy in the crevices of everyday trauma. In addition to her research, Julia volunteers with the Amache Alliance, an alliance dedicated to preserving the Amache incarceration site and its history. She also works with the Center for Humanities & the Arts, where she helps coordinate projects dedicated to educating CU Boulder and Boulder County residents about anti-Asian racism and ways of becoming active bystanders against anti-Asian hate.