SIU Hosts Virtual Symposium May 25 in Recognition of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May 16, 2022

SIU Hosts Virtual Symposium May 25 in Recognition of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Southern Illinois University Carbondale will celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with a special symposium at 4 p.m. on May 25.

YT-Lee-sm.jpg Yueh-Ting Lee, chair of the SIU Faculty Senate and professor of psychology and philosophy, will be the coordinator and moderator of the Zoom symposium, which will feature five speakers from across the country addressing a variety of topics. Lee has published over 110 peer-reviewed journal articles and 11 scholarly books focusing on stereotypes, categorial thinking and beliefs, groups, identities and human relationships. Science News featured its research on stereotypes and categorical thinking. Prior to coming to SIU, Lee served as chair of the ethnic studies department and taught Asian American classes for several years at Minnesota State University. He also served as Dean of the Colleges of Arts and Sciences at Minot State University in North Dakota and the University of Toledo prior to joining SIU, initially as Dean of the graduate school in 2015. to 2019.

Log in to participate

Panelists will address a variety of topics of interest to all. To register for the free Zoom presentation, log on to The meeting ID is 931 1547 4423 and the access code is 210775.

The symposium should last approximately one hour. Since time is somewhat limited, in order to allow for audience participation, Lee invites anyone with specific questions for any of the guest speakers to email questions to him in advance at [email protected] ed.

The full presentation will also be uploaded later on YouTube at

The head of the Asian American National Educational Foundation will kick off the presentations

SB_Woo-sm.jpgShien-Biau “SB” Woo, president of the 80-20 National Asian American Educational Foundation, a nonprofit organization established to provide equal educational and employment opportunities to Asian Americans, and former Lt. – Governor of Delaware, will be the first speaker of the afternoon. It will highlight the political and public contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to the United States and the challenges they face.

A life-size photo of Woo, along with his biography, is on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, DC. Through the 80-20 group, Woo is organizing Asia-Pacific Americans (APA) into a swing-bloc vote for the presidential election. elections, bringing together the two main political parties to consider the interests of the ABS community. The Who’s Who in America member and retired physics professor is the founding president of the University of Delaware faculty collective bargaining unit, and served as its chief negotiator and spokesperson . He later became a member of the university’s board of trustees, and upon his retirement, the university senate issued its first written tribute to an employee, praising Woo for his integrity and “setting a standard of performance of the highest order.” high quality”. Woo received his doctorate in physics from Washington University in St. Louis.

Additional speakers

The symposium will feature four additional speakers, each sharing for approximately 8-10 minutes on diverse and informative topics. Presenters include:

  • Joseph-Smith-sm.jpg Joseph Smith, Assistant Professor at SIU with a cross-appointment in the School of African and Multicultural Studies and the School of History and Philosophy. He will discuss the impact of US-China relations on Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Americans in general. His research and teaching interests include black male studies, African philosophy, Foucault studies, prison studies and the emergence of the Breton-Woods Institute, the World Trade Organization, bilateral and regional trade agreements. He obtained his doctorate in philosophy at the SIU.
  • Honggang_Yang_Dean-sm.jpgHonggang Yang, Dean Emeritus and Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, will discuss the countless contributions and impact that Asian Americans have had on American higher education. Yang is Advisory Editor of Peace and Conflict Studies and Co-Founder of Nova’s Inclusion and Diversity Council and Co-Founder and Past President of the Council of Chinese American Deans and Presidents. He previously served as a Research Associate and Internship Coordinator for the Conflict Resolution Program at Emory University’s Carter Presidential Center and chaired the Individualized Master of Arts Program in Conflict Resolution at the McGregor School at the University of Washington. ‘Antioch. He holds a doctorate in applied anthropology from the University of South Florida.
  • HyoJeong-Lee-sm.jpgHyo-Jeong Lee, a PhD student in Mass Communication and Media Arts at SIU, will share the benefits and challenges of being a Korean student studying in the United States. Lee is interested in cinematic representations of memory, trauma, history, indexicality (the phenomenon of a sign pointing to an object in the context in which it occurs), and being a spectator. (spectatorship) in digital media. She studies the role of cinema in the creation of cultural memories of political conflicts.
  • Jyotsna-Kapur-sm.jpg Jyotsna Kapur, Director of the University Honors Program and Professor of Film and Media Studies at SIU, will highlight the cultural contributions that Asians and Asian Americans make to American society. Kapur, who also has a joint assignment with sociology, has various research and teaching interests, including Marxist-Feminist theory of media arts and culture; the politics of labour, class, race and sexuality in neoliberalism; contemporary Indian media culture; history and theory of the documentary idea, in particular its redefinitions in contemporary practices and digital culture, Tiers Cinéma; and global children’s media culture. She received her Ph.D. in radio/telefilm from Northwestern University.

Collaborative presentation

The symposium is presented by the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the Multicultural Resource Center for Students, in conjunction with other campus units.

For more information, email [email protected] or call 618-453-1186.

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