Erika Lee

Race in America: History Matters with Erika Lee & Helen Zia

During the coronavirus pandemic, Asian Americans have experienced a sharp increase in racist verbal abuse and physical attacks. From the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, to the World War II internment of Japanese residents, to the 1982 killing of Chinese American Vincent Chin, anti-Asian racism has taken different forms over the course of our history. On Monday, March 8, Washington Post reporter Michelle Ye Hee Lee spoke with author and historian Erika Lee, together with author and activist Helen Zia, about how the past can help inform our understanding of where we are today.
Black and white photo of American write and activist James Baldwin. He has a big smile in this photo.

Encountering Baldwin

An assistant professor in the Department of English, Megan Finch reads James Baldwin “to think rather than to substitute thought.” What follows is extracted from her recent responses to questions regarding her ongoing engagement with the work of James Baldwin.
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Q&A with Hamy Huynh

Even though her last semester at the U moved to distance learning, Hamy Huynh didn’t let it stop her from learning and growing. “I’m choosing to look on the bright side and have been using this pandemic as a reason to better myself mentally, physically, emotionally, and career-wise.”
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Q&A with Bridget Brown

Senior Bridget Brown discusses adapting to distance learning and how her background in German studies and psychology informs how she understands the pandemic. "My liberal arts education has helped me analyze different aspects of our lives during COVID-19...I've really appreciated my broad sphere of learning and my ability to look at this situation from multiple angles."