Asia/Asian American-Bashing: A Key Trump (Re)Election Tool
This lecture highlights how crucial the bashing of China (and East Asia) and of Chinese Americans (and those who look Chinese) has been to Trump's original election and, now, his 2020 reelection message. This talk explores the origins of this anti-Asian/Asian American racism that Trump strategically resurrects and why it is so central to his campaigns.
Nadia Y. Kim is Professor of Sociology at Loyola Marymount University. Her research focuses on US race and citizenship inequalities regarding Korean/Asian Americans and South Koreans, race and nativist racism in Los Angeles (e.g., 1992 LA Unrest), immigrant women activists’ politics of the body and emotions, environmental racism and classism, and comparative racialization of Latinxs, Asian Americans, and Black Americans. Throughout her work, Kim’s approach centers (neo)imperialism, transnationality, and the intersectionality of race, gender, class, and citizenship. Kim is author of the multi-award-winning Imperial Citizens: Koreans and Race from Seoul to LA (Stanford, 2008); of Refusing Death: Immigrant Women and the Fight for Environmental Justice in LA, which chronicles the embodied, emotive, and citizenship politics of Asian and Latin@ immigrant women’s fight for cleaner air in LA (Stanford, Spring 2021), and of award-winning journal articles on race and assimilation and on racial attitudes.