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Anti-Carceral Approaches to Sexual Violence

Lessons from Asian American Feminist Activism


Panel Discussion with Grace Kyungwon Hong (UCLA),

Iyko Day (Mt. Holyoke), and Ren-yo Hwang (Mt. Holyoke)

Moderated by Miliann Kang (WGSS, UMass Amherst)

In response to the reported rise in anti-Asian violence during the pandemic,  calls for increased policing and hate crimes legislation proliferated, only to rise to a fever pitch in the wake of  the brutal murders in Atlanta of eight people, mainly Asian immigrant women workers at massage businesses. This  presentation examines the limitations of such carceral responses to racist and misogynistic violence, connects them to critiques of punishment-based  frameworks for sexual violence response in the university, and discusses Asian American feminist projects that offer alternative definitions of safety and community.


Co-sponsored by UMass Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies Dept. / UMass Asian & Asian American Studies Certificate / UMass Asian & Asian American Arts & Culture Program / Five College APA Studies Certificate / and other supporting departments and programs