The Austin History Center and the University of Texas at Austin Center for Asian American Studies invite the public to “Taking it to the Streets: Asian American Voices of Resistance” panel discussion on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2–4 p.m. in the David Earl Holt Photo Gallery at 810 Guadalupe St.
This panel discussion is a companion program to the “Taking it to the Streets: A Visual History of Protest and Demonstration” in Austin photo exhibit currently on display at the Austin History Center. Due to the commonly perpetuated “model minority” stereotypes, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) activist movements and community members have been widely underrepresented across the country and in archives.
The discussion will bring together Austin AAPI community members who have been committed to creating transformational change within the city. Attendees will gain insight into the panelists’ work and have the opportunity to engage in a moderated Q&A.
A poetry reading will feature ena ganguly, a Bengali writer, scholar and poet, and Camille Park, Creative Director of Silk Club ATX. Panel participants include Surabhi Kukke, an LGBTQ and public health advocate; Banafsheh Madaninejad, an activist academic and visiting assistant professor at Southwestern University; Chau Ngo, an Austin activist and field organizer; and Eric Tang, an activist researcher and Director of the UT Center of Asian American Studies. The moderator is Zack Shlachter, a local writer, researcher and organizer.
Attendees are invited to print their own protest photos stored on their phone and add it the “Taking it to the Streets” Community Gallery during the event. Alternatively, participants can submit a photograph through our website: library.austintexas.gov/ahc/taking-it-to-the-streets.
“Taking it to the Streets: A Visual History of Protest and Demonstration in Austin” presents a snapshot look at how the public confronted the political and social issues of their time. Diverse images from a variety of the Austin History Center’s collections highlight Austin residents in their earnest efforts to create social change in their communities.