Week of Action: Battling Southeast Asian Deportations

deportJoiin the YKCC in our efforts to address and discuss the deportation of Southeast Asians in the United States. This 3-day event will allow participants and community members to learn about the forces that target Southeast Asian communities to unjust deportations. By learning about the issue through historical resources, individual narratives and national campaigns, we will work to bridge the divide that is terrorizing communities of Southeast Asian descent. This event is open to the public.  Writing materials, snacks and beverages will be provided. 

 April 22, 23, 24
Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center

Schedule + summary:

Monday, April 22:  Teach-In: Deconstructing the cycle of displacement and deportation
Time: 6-8 PM
Summary: Learn about the history of U.S. occupancy in the region of Southeast Asia and the connection between displacement and immigration to the U.S. during the period of the Vietnam War. By learning about the history of the U.S. in the countries of Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, we will discuss the current day mass deportations of the Trump Administration and how they have affected marginalized communities. 

Tuesday, April 23 Share Your Story
Time: 6-8 PM
Summary: Students and participants will be encouraged to share their stories, focusing on their personal or shared experiences with immigration, displacement or citizenship through personal narrative, art, poetry or visuals. Participants will be provided with materials to showcase their stories on a banner located outside of the YKCC.

Wednesday, April 24, Day of Solidarity: Addressing Xenophobia in our Communities
Time: 6-8 PM
Summary: Students and community members will participate in a series of activities that will encourage strategies and methods of addressing xenophobia on the Umass campus and outside communities. Participants will be able to discuss ways to bridge our difference to create a more diverse and inclusive environment.