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Wen Liu, Academia Sinica, Taiwan

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4-30-2021 9:30 AM

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The racialization of Asian Americans has always been placed in a paradoxical position – as both the ‘culturally superior’ model minority and the ‘perpetually foreign’ outside of nationalistic politics. In this talk, Dr. Liu will, firstly, draw from her fieldwork on the Asian American mobilization for and against Black Lives Matter movements in New York City to demonstrate the competition political ideologies within Asian American communities. Secondly, she will illustrate the radical potentiality of Asian / American internationalism in the recent rise of a social media phenomena “#MilkTeaAlliance” that connects the anti-authoritarian and democratic movements in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Thailand. She argues that only by taking the Asian Americanist critique on a transnational scale, it can fulfill its political promises that resist the simple binaries of “East vs West” or “White vs. Black.”

Dr. Wen Liu is an Assistant Research Fellow at the Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica, in Taipei, Taiwan. She is also an activist, academic, and poet.

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Apr 30th, 9:30 AM

From #BlackLivesMatter to #MilkTeaAlliance: On Asian Americanist Critique and Radical Internationalism

The racialization of Asian Americans has always been placed in a paradoxical position – as both the ‘culturally superior’ model minority and the ‘perpetually foreign’ outside of nationalistic politics. In this talk, Dr. Liu will, firstly, draw from her fieldwork on the Asian American mobilization for and against Black Lives Matter movements in New York City to demonstrate the competition political ideologies within Asian American communities. Secondly, she will illustrate the radical potentiality of Asian / American internationalism in the recent rise of a social media phenomena “#MilkTeaAlliance” that connects the anti-authoritarian and democratic movements in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Thailand. She argues that only by taking the Asian Americanist critique on a transnational scale, it can fulfill its political promises that resist the simple binaries of “East vs West” or “White vs. Black.”

Dr. Wen Liu is an Assistant Research Fellow at the Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica, in Taipei, Taiwan. She is also an activist, academic, and poet.