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At an Oct. 23 event, Caroline Randall Williams and Cathy Park Hong, both poets and authors, discussed the role of the engaged artist in building Black and Asian alliances and communities.

In a Friday event, Caroline Randall Williams and Cathy Park Hong, both authors and poets, discussed the role of the engaged artist in building Black and Asian alliances and communities in a pandemic that has led to polarization.

On the topic of forging stronger Black-Asian alliances, Hong described grappling with a tough moral calculus.

Asian American activists from working class backgrounds and activist groups who took styles similar to the Black Panther of the ‘60s were the ones who defined Asian American identity as a political identity and as an identity that is “interracial, anti-imperialist and anti-capitalist,” she said.

The Asian American community just got much, much bigger and much more different.

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