Roots of Anti-Asian American Violence: The Past as Present


Saturday, June 12, 2021, 12:00pm to 1:00pm




Newspaper clippings of jailed Asian Americans, protest scenes during the Vietnam war, and instructions for Japanese American incarceration

The 1870s were a time of great social and economic unrest in the United States. The country was several years deep into the “Long Depression,” when unemployment was as high as 20 percent on the West Coast. Thousands were being fed daily by churches and charities. Anti-Chinese sentiment had been long-simmering in California, and troubled economic times only exacerbated race hate. The LA Chinatown massacre of at least 20 lynching victims is a neglected chapter in American history, scarcely acknowledged in US history textbooks. The neglect, even erasure of the LA Chinatown massacre, which was the bloodiest race riot on the West Coast, is shocking – though perhaps not surprising, because Asian Americans have often existed on the margins of USA mainstream social and political histories.

Join the Harvard Club as Dr. Hao Huang, Kim Tran, and Professor Jang Wook Huh explore and discuss the roots and present-day effects of anti-Asian American violence and the parallels that this violence and these movements have with other historical civil rights and racial equity movements.