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Boat People: Imperialist Refugee Cycles
Description: History is showing that it repeats itself. More than 40 years ago, we saw a surge of refugees from Southeast Asia, known now as the boat people. Until 1991, the United States took in close to 400,000 refugees primarily from Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. From that time, refugee policy has privileged settlement for more desirable refugees and has become more stringent than ever. Now, the Trump administration seeks to reject Syrian refugees and other Muslim refugees, hiding behind a policy of "extreme vetting" for "national security." As Asian Americans we have to need to encourage discourse regarding refugee policy in the United States, the imperialist narratives that accompany our policies, and use our history as a basis for our solidarity.
NYCAASC 2017 Director
Charissa is a senior at NYU majoring in Journalism and Social and Cultural Analysis. Her academic interests are in identity and imperialism and specifically how those both influence and are manifested in migration patterns and immigration policy. She envisions NYCAASC to be a constructive and informative platform for Asian American youth to be advocates and participants in their communities. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, eating and watching Game of Thrones.
Aree Worawongwasu is a sophomore at the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study, developing a concentration in Decolonization and Development. Bangkok born and raised, Aree considers herself a social justice educator and an aspiring postcolonial feminist writer, interested in ways in which we can decolonize our thinking. She is the Vice President of the Asian Pacific American Coalition and a core student organizer for NYU Sanctuary.