Episode 04: Analyzing Asian-American Racism in Hollywood with Nancy Wang Yuen

In this episode of Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast, Nancy Wang Yuen, sociologist and expert on race and racism in Hollywood, joins Momentum Co-host Chevon for a conversation about the turmoils the Asian-American community experienced during and after the pandemic, the xenophobia she faces as a woman of color in academia, and the challenges she encounters while embracing her faith and being an activist.  

Nancy shares insights and analysis into the importance of Asian representation in media and the sudden shift we are seeing in that representation at this moment. She dissects the intersectionality of racism and sexism that women of color endure, specifically the stereotypes that are placed on Asian-American women. Nancy goes into the history of the onslaught brought onto the Asian community throughout the years and how the aftermath of these events still affects the community today. 

Hear more about the challenges Asian-Americans are facing during this time by tuning in to Episode 4 of Race Forward’s new podcast Reflections: Immigrant Rights Movement –  a limited podcast series. 

And don’t forget to plan to attend Facing Race: the largest multiracial, inter-generational gathering for organizers, educators, creatives, and other leaders. 


Resources (by order of mention)

Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism



Power Women: Stories of Motherhood, Faith, and the Academy



8 Dead in Atlanta Spa Shootings, With Fears of Anti-Asian Bias 



The Page Act – This law prohibited the importation of unfree laborers and women brought for “immoral purposes” but was enforced primarily against the Chinese.



The Chinese Exclusion Act - The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 was the first significant law restricting immigration into the United States. Many Americans on the West Coast attributed declining wages and economic ills to Chinese workers.



Asian Americans | Full Film | PBS LearningMedia - Asian Americans is a five-hour film series that delivers a bold, fresh perspective on a history that matters today, more than ever. As America becomes more diverse, and more divided while facing unimaginable challenges, how do we move forward together? Told through intimate personal stories, the series will cast a new lens on U.S. history and the ongoing role that Asian Americans have played. 



How the 1982 Murder of Vincent Chin Ignited a Push for Asian American Rights



Kerry Ann Rockquemore –  is an author and speaker in the field of faculty development and leadership and founder of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity.



National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity - Our mission is to change the face of power in the Academy. By developing, connecting, and empowering the next wave of academic leaders, we can strengthen the higher education system and improve the academic experience for all.



National Center for Institutional Diversity - To create a more equitable and inclusive society, we produce, catalyze, and elevate diversity research and scholarship.



Scholars Strategy Network - The Scholars Strategy Network is an organization of university-based scholars who are committed to using research to improve policy and strengthen democracy.



The Disrupters Podcast



Nancy Wang Yuen 

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