Conversation on "Unmasking Yellow Peril"
Anti-Asian racism during the COVID-19 pandemic is the latest iteration in a long and violent history of dehumanizing and degrading our Asian and Pacific Islander heritage communities.
The term “Yellow Peril” — once a slur used against 19th-century Chinese immigrants in the United States — was reclaimed by Asian American activists in the 1960s. The phrase went from being associated with disease and contagion to being known for the iconic slogan, “Yellow Peril Supports Black Power.”
Today, “Yellow Peril” expresses the AAPI community’s concerns with being associated with a pandemic and their commitment to building coalitions with communities more heavily impacted by racist violence.
UAlbany Diversity Transformation Awards
The Diversity Transformation Awards aim to promote greater equity for historically underrepresented and underserved groups within the University, as well as groups that have been historical targets of discrimination.
Past programs have included film screenings, art exhibits, critical conversations, new courses, symposia and special training.
This grant helps fund innovative pilot programs and existing initiatives that support a campus climate of equity and advance the University’s mission of fostering diverse and inclusive excellence. Programs should also involve collaboration within or across departments, units, student organizations and/or schools.
Applicants can be granted up to $4,000 in state funding. Funding is a one-time allocation.
However, all programs are expected to also include funding from the unit organizing the effort. Programs initially funded by this grant that prove to be successful should, in time, become part of the unit's regular operating budget or be funded by external sources.
Previous recipients are eligible to apply if they can demonstrate the ways in which their new proposal builds upon and advances the work previously funded by a Diversity Transformation Award.