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The 2016 Advancing Justice Conference (AJC) is the first and only national conference in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community focusing on civil rights and social justice. Over 700 AAPIs from across the U.S. will come together to address issues facing our fastest growing populations. The theme will focus on civic engagement and building our electoral and social power in support of economic and racial justice. Conference attendees will participate in two days of panel discussions, caucus sessions, skills and capacity building, trainings, and networking receptions.

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Thursday, March 31 • 8:30am - 10:30am
The Perpetual and Sinister Foreigner: How Race, Religion and National Security Collide

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Asian Americans, as the “perpetual foreigner,” have historically been treated as threats to national security, and that xenophobic pattern continues today. The targeting of Japanese Americans during World War II and Chinese immigrants under the Chinese Exclusion Act are not isolated from the more recent demonizing of Chinese American scientists and Muslim American communities as threats to national security or safety.  Because our communities are “Othered” so effectively by the media, popular culture, and at times the law itself, the impact of this racial and religious profiling is far-reaching, putting large swaths of our community at risk, even if not specifically singled out as the “enemy.”  It also creates significant challenges for coalition-building with other people of color, particularly as the latest wave of xenophobia and Islamo-racism coincides with major shifts in racial justice organizing and mobilizing in the U.S.

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Frank Wu

Distinguished Professor, University of California, Hastings College of Law
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Zahra Billoo

Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations - San Francisco Bay Area
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Sapreet Kaur

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Karen Korematsu

Founder and Executive Director, Fred T. Korematsu Institute
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Ted Lieu

Congressmember, United States House of Representatives
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