The mission of the Asian and Asian American Faculty Identity Group (AAAFIG) at Georgia State University is to promote the interests of Asians and Asian Americans within GSU and to foster an inclusive community among our faculty for personal and professional growth.
The goals of the AAAFIG are:
- To support and fund activities that support the mission of the group.
- To increase the visibility of the group and develop a supportive network of Asians and Asian Americans within the larger GSU community.
- To participate in the development of a multicultural community at GSU.
- To present the concerns of the group to the appropriate parties and to encourage and facilitate their resolution.
- To promote the professional development of each member, including career growth, mentorship, self-imaging, and self-marketing.
- To promote collaborative learning, teaching, research, and activities in Asian-related studies within global and cross-cultural perspectives.
'Anxious to let my features show': Asian American woman shares fear of harassment'
Asian Americans are facing an alarming rise in racist and violent attacks across the country, but Asian American women specifically say they are living in fear every day. Watch the following from CNN:
In the Media: The Anniversary of the Atlanta Asian Spa Tragedy and the Myth of the Model Minority
March 2022 marks the one-year anniversary of the horrible shootings at Asian spas in Atlanta, where several people were murdered. During this time, PBS funded a documentary about the anti-Asian hate movement, and it includes Atlanta, Georgia, and the horrific hate crime that occurred. The film, "One Day in March," will be released at the end of May, which is designated by Congress as Asian American-Pacific Islander Heritage Month. You can read more about the film, and the filmmaker, Titi Yu, at the Georgia Asian Times at this link: https://gasiantimes.com/2022/03/03/an-asian-american-filmmaker-shares-stories-she-wants-to-hear/.
A New York Times Opinion piece, "I’m Done Being Your Model Minority," by Patricia Park, includes perspectives on identity during a time of hatred and discrimination. You can read the story at: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/10/opinion/asian-american-hate-crimes.html.
AAPI on Campus: A Panel Discussion
Video recording from May 5, 2021
To celebrate May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, which honors the community's rich heritage and contributions that have been integral in shaping the United States' history, the Asian/Asian American Faculty Identity Group (AAAFIG) of the Assembly of Faculty Affinity Leaders hosted a virtual panel discussion on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. Panelists at the virtual event discussed diversity, inclusion and equality issues on campus, with special focuses on issues related to Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI), students, faculty and staff.
- Dr. Alexis. S. Tan, Guest Speaker, Former Faculty Diversity Fellow for the Office of the Provost and the Division of Student Affairs, Equity and Diversity and Professor of Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at the Washington State University
- Dr. Curtis D. Byrd, Special Advisor to the Provost on Diversity Equity and Inclusion at Georgia State
- Dr. Yi Jiang, Chair, Asian/Asian-American Faculty Identity Group (AAAFIG), at Georgia State
- Mx. Ethan Trinh, Graduate Student, Georgia State
- Dr. Kim Reimann, Member of the Steering Committee for AAAFIG, served as moderator.
When the Past Becomes Present: A Legacy of Anti-Asian Hate. Click here to read more.
Undergrad Student Inspires University to Release Statement of Allyship to the Asian Community. Click here to read more.
Professor Kevin Hsieh of College of the Arts gave a lecture to an undergrad class in respond to the increasing Anti-Asian Xenophobia incidents occurred in the US due to COVID 19.
- Airbnb page (the company's Asian American resource group) of anti-racism resources for Asian Americans.
- A CNN article reporting on recent spike in attacks against AA community.
- March 17, 2021: Biden decries brutality against Asian Americans following Atlanta-area spa shootings
- March 26, 2021 - Professor José Mendoza (University of Washington), “‘Go Back to Where you Came From!’ Racism, White Nationalism and Xenophobia”
- March 27, 2021 - “Crouching Tiger Mom, Hidden Dragon Lady” The Intersection of Race, Gender, Stereotypes, and the AAPI Experience
- March 29, 2021 - R. Kikuo Johnson’s “Delayed”
- GSU Asian Studies Center, https://asianstudies.gsu.edu/
Atlanta community links:
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta, https://www.advancingjustice-atlanta.org/
- APAC, https://www.apacga.org/en/
- Who's Who in the Asian American Community (WWAAC) - http://wwaac.com/
- Catalyst Coalition - https://www.catalystcoalition.org/
- Center for Pan Asian Community Services (CPACS) - https://cpacs.org/
- National Association of Chinese Americans (NACA) - https://www.naca-atlanta.org/
Combating Racism, Xenophobia and Intolerance
Associate Professor, Physical Sciences, Perimeter Campus: Dunwoody
Executive committee member
Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy, Lewis College
Executive committee member
Associate Professor, English, College of Arts & Sciences
Han Na Suh
Executive committee member
Assistant Professor, Counseling and Psychology Services, College of Education & Human Development