Japan-U.S. Program Seminars
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Anti-Asian American Hate Crimes and U.S. Society

Organized by Sasakawa Peace Foundation
On August 19, 2021, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation will welcome Dr. Takayuki Nishiyama from Seikei University, Dr. Russell Jeung from San Francisco State University, and Dr. Michael Omi from University of California, Berkeley for the webinar entitled “Anti-Asian American Hate Crimes and U.S. Society.”

As has been widely reported, the number of hate crimes against Asian Americans has surged in the U.S. over the past year. In response to this situation, President Biden signed the "COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act" and “Executive Order on Advancing Equity, Justice, and Opportunity for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders” in May this year.

Discrimination against Asian Americans has a long history dating back more than 100 years, and many still reportedly face the "bamboo ceiling" that hinders their social success. The problem is serious and complex, including the relationships among various ethnic groups, with some arguing that "race" and "ethnicity" in the U.S. are socially constructed.

In this webinar, three experts from both Japan and the U.S. will discuss the origins and historical backgrounds of the U.S. as an immigrant nation and multi-ethnic society, and the current situation of hate crimes in the U.S. having the complex issues of the society in the backgrounds. Details of the event are as follows:
Ms. Murata, Mr. Sano, Ms. Munakata and Ms. Koike, Japan-U.S. Program, Sasakawa Peace Foundation
E-mail: japan-us@spf.or.jp
TEL: 03-5157-5140

For media inquiries:
E-mail: spfpr@spf.or.jp
TEL: 03-5157-5395
Register Closed


10:00 Opening
10:00-10:05 Welcome Remarks
10:05-10:25 Presentation:
Dr. Takayuki Nishiyama, Advisor to the President of the University/Professor, Seikei University
10:25-10:45 Presentation:
Dr. Russell Jeung, Professor, San Francisco State University
10:45-11:05 Presentation:
Dr. Michael Omi, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley
11:05-12:00 Q&A
12:00 Closing

Speaker & Commentator

Dr. Takayuki Nishiyama

Dr. Takayuki Nishiyama

Advisor to the President of University/Professor, Seikei University


Dr. Nishiyama is an Advisor to the President and Professor of Political Science at Seikei University. He received his Ph.D from Graduate School of Law and Politics, University of Tokyo. He specializes in American politics and comparative politics, and has published many books including Politics of Crime in the United States (Kobundo, 2021, in Japanese), Introduction to American Politics (University of Tokyo Press, 2018, in Japanese), Politics of Immigration in the United States (Chikumashobo, 2016, in Japanese), American Welfare State and Urban Politics: Historical Transition of Urban Liberalism in the United States (University of Tokyo Press, 2008, in Japanese).

Dr. Russell Jeung

Dr. Russell Jeung

Professor, San Francisco State University


Dr. Jeung is a Professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University. He is an author of books and articles on race and religion. He has written Family Sacrifices: The Worldviews and Ethics of Chinese Americans (Oxford University Press, 2019); Mountain Movers: Student Activism and the Emergence of Asian American Studies (UCLA AAS Center, 2019); and At Home in Exile: Finding Jesus Among My Ancestors and Refugee Neighbors (Zondervan, 2016). In March 2020, Dr. Jeung co-founded Stop AAPI Hate with Chinese for Affirmative Action and the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council. It tracks incidents of COVID-19 discrimination to develop policy interventions and long-term solutions to racism.

Dr. Michael Omi,

Dr. Michael Omi,

Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley


Dr. Omi is a Professor Emeritus of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the co-author, with Howard Winant, of Racial Formation in the United States (Third Edition, Routledge,2015), a groundbreaking work that transformed how we understand the social and historical forces that give race its changing meaning over time and place. He is also the co-editor of the recent anthology Japanese American Millennials: Rethinking Generation, Community, and Diversity (Temple University Press, 2019). Professor Omi is a recipient of UC Berkeley’s Distinguished Teaching Award -- an honor bestowed on only 272 Berkeley faculty members since the award’s inception in 1959.

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