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Keohane Distinguished Lecture: Let’s Not Celebrate Asian Americans, Let’s Fight for Them (with Pawan Dhingra)

October 27, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

National recognition and respect of Asian Americans is surging, whether in politics, media, the corporate sphere or elsewhere. And yet, racial violence against Asian Americans is rising as well. How can we make sense of this seeming contradiction?

Rather than seeing these as opposing trends, it makes more sense to understand how they are connected. To combat anti-Asian violence, we need to get at the root of what’s behind it. Celebrating Asian Americans will not adequately meet that goal.

Join Pawan Dhingra, Aliki Perroti and Seth Frank ’55 Professor of U.S. Immigration Studies at Amherst College and the 2022-2023 Nannerl Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professor at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University, for the 2022 Keohane Distinguished Lecture at the Carolina Inn on October 27 at 7:30 p.m.

About Pawan Dhingra

Dhingra is a renowned scholar of Asian American studies, inequality, immigration, race, identity and culture. The current president of the Association for Asian American Studies, Dhingra has authored several books on the Asian American experience, including “Hyper Education: Why Good Schools, Good Grades, and Good Behavior Are Not Enough,” “Life Behind the Lobby: Indian American Motel Owners and the American Dream,” and “Managing Multicultural Lives: Asian American Professionals and the Challenge of Multiple Identities.” Dhingra also co-curated the Smithsonian Institution’s exhibition “Beyond Bollywood: Asian Indian Americans Shape the Nation.”

He serves as the Associate Provost and Associate Dean of the Faculty at Amherst College.

About The Keohane Professorship

The Keohane Professorship brings prominent faculty to serve as visiting professors at UNC-CH and Duke for a one-year period, during which they deliver a lecture series and engage students and faculty around areas of shared interest to both institutions.


October 27, 2022
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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The Carolina Inn
211 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
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Carolina Asia Center
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The Carolina Asia Center supports diverse Asia-related events. However, CAC co-sponsorship of any talk, seminar, documentary screening, film screening, performance or celebration does not constitute endorsement of or agreement with the views presented therein. As an academic institution, we value diverse perspectives that promote dialogue and understanding.

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