Tonight, the CUNY Board of Trustees approved my promotion to Distinguished Professor - making me the 1st Asian American & youngest at John Jay College & presumably the 1st Filipino American Distinguished Professor in CUNY. #FilipinoAmericanHistory #ThisIsWhatAProfessorLooksLike
It’s not lost on me that this all happened during #FilipinoAmericanHistoryMonth & on #LarryItliongDay. Manong Larry came to the US in 1929 in search of a better life. While he wanted to be a lawyer & fight for justice for all, he was forced to work the fields & canneries instead.
The earlier Filipinos who came here in the early 1900s were met with racism, violence, & injustice. They were not allowed to vote, own property, marry outside of their race, or have basic civil rights. They were brutalized, lynched, & even killed. And the law didn’t protect them.
So, it isn’t lost on me to be the 1st Filipino American CUNY Distinguished Professor- at one of the leading schools of criminal justice & one of the largest public universities. This is for #LarryItliong & his whole generation. I’m here because they fought for me to have a voice.

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5 Oct
In case IG & Facebook go down again, here is some content for #FilipinoAmericanHistoryMonth!

Throughout the month of October, I’ll be sharing my #FAHMSyllabus, which will include some of my favorite resources for learning about Filipina/x/o American history and experiences.
Today, we begin with history books and historical memoirs! These are books that are written about (and in) different time eras - all by Pin@y authors! #FAHM #FAHM2021
I’ll also share some of my favorite essays, research articles, films, poetry, novels, and more! But for now, here are the history recommendations! #FilipinoAmericanHistory is American History! #FAHM @fanhs_national
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1 Oct
October is Filipino American HISTORY Month, NOT Filipino American Heritage Month. The distinction is important!

Created by @fanhs_national in 1991, #FAHM was always intended to be HISTORY Month. Not sure when/why people renamed something that wasn’t theirs to change.

History is political; it means acknowledging the truths of a time period. It involves honoring people and the struggles they overcame. It means acknowledging violence, colonization, slavery, and oppression. It means recognizing the triumphs AND the traumas of a people. #FAHM2021
Heritage is about the cultural traditions & values of an ethnic group. For Filipino Americans, heritage implies customs from the Philippines (e.g., food, dance, language, dress, music). While these are all amazing things to take pride in, heritage is not why we celebrate #FAHM
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14 May
Now that we are almost halfway through #AAPIHeritageMonth, I genuinely hope you’ve been celebrating the true diversity of #AAPI communities - from Pacific Islanders to queer/trans AAPIs to #BrownAsians and more.

Today, let’s talk more about Brown Asian American Movement. Let’s talk about the Brown Asian American Movement   Dr. KSince the inception of the Asian American Movement in the 19
If you don’t know about the #BrownAsian movement, here’s an article I wrote in 2019 about its history and current context. It’s titled “The Brown Asian American Movement: Advocating for South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Filipino American Communities”.… Historical Context:  In response to the Black Power MovementHistorical Context::  The first documented usage of the term
May we all acknowledge the many dynamics that occur in #AsianAmerican communities - especially when certain groups’ experiences are centered and presumed as the norm or most authentic, while others are forgotten, marginalized, or treated as mere afterthoughts. Many authors had written foundational texts about how  BrownMany scholars have illuminated how perspectives of East AsiaMany scholars have illuminated how perspectives of East AsiaMany activists and community leaders have illuminated how pe
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3 Apr
Through the years, people have asked me what they should say as “comebacks” to verbal microaggressions. I usually tell them to respond with something like “What do you mean by that?” as a way of getting the person to reflect on whatever it was they just said. #AcademicChatter
Recently, a friend asked what to tell people as alternatives to microaggressions. I liked this question better bc it takes responsibility away from target (typically of marginalized group) & encourages enactor (typically of privileged group) to reflect on/ change their behavior.
Hope you find these helpful & that you reflect on things you say or do to others. If you think to yourself “This might be offensive or hurtful”, it probably is, OR you might want to steer clear of it, if you’re not ready for a challenging conversation or acknowledge your biases.
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2 Apr
A journalist friend informed me that a major national mental health organization provided a list of “Psychologists available to discuss Anti-Asian Racism and Violence”. It included many people who have mentored me or have been invaluable to @AAPAonline & #AsianAmericanPsychology.
Please follow all of these amazing Asian American Psychologists and their work: @seachellez @drmichifu @gnhall2 @HelenHsuPsyD @RichLeePhD @DrWillMingLiu @drpriscillalui @deraldwingsue @DrSherryCWang & Dr. Jenny Wang (IG: @ asiansformentalhealth)
Two weeks ago, I contacted the organization to let them know that I was concerned that their list included 9 East Asian Americans and 1 Filipina American and that it was not inclusive of the many South Asian and Southeast Asian American psychologists who are doing amazing work.
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1 Apr
With the attack of Vilma Kari (65yo Filipina American in NYC), I am reminded of a different attack in NYC. Kitty Genovese was a 28yo White woman who was raped & killed in Queens in 1964. 38 people allegedly heard her scream, but didn’t do anything to intervene or stop the murder.
It’s easy to shame people who don’t do anything in crises. But the truth is that most people don’t do anything to intervene, and there are lots of reasons why. We must prepare ourselves and decide what kind of bystander we want to be, before we are ever put into these positions.
And perhaps all of us should aim to all be UPSTANDERS who actively fight for justice.

One way to start is sign up for Bystander Intervention Training by @AAAJ_AAJC / @iHollaback

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