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  • 16 Have Quit Commission for Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders Since Trump’s Election ›

    USA Today, February 20, 2017

    Professor of Political Science Paul Watanabe discusses his reason for resigning from the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, saying Donald Trump’s actions during the election and transition period made it “untenable for me to serve as his advisor.”
  • Asian American Commission hosts Unity Dinner to honor pioneers ›

    Sampan, June 10, 2016

    Institute for Asian American Studies Director Paul Watanabe moderated a panel at the Asian American Commission of Massachusetts's 10th annual Unity Dinner, “Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Pioneers.”
  • Overt racism fades, but resentment of Asians lingers in Quincy ›

    The Patriot Ledger, February 11, 2016

    Paul Watanabe, director of UMass Boston's Institute for Asian American Studies, says there is an anti-immigrant sentiment, not only in Quincy, but across the U.S. "There is resistance to these new immigrants, the sense that Asian Americans are taking over Quincy," he said.
  • Quincy government lags in reflecting growing Asia population ›

    The Patriot Ledger, February 08, 2016

    In the second part of this series, Institute for Asian American Studies Director Paul Watanabe says Quincy is making strides toward inclusion and equity, "but it isn’t there yet, as most communities aren’t there yet."
  • Growing Asian population changing Quincy’s present, future ›

    The Patriot Ledger, February 05, 2016

    In the first part of this five-part series, it's discussed how Quincy has a larger share of foreign-born residents (29 percent) than Boston (27 percent). “Quincy, in some ways, is the future of America,” says Paul Watanabe, director of UMass Boston's Institute for Asian American Studies.
  • Hindu temple rises in Groton to meet growing community ›

    The Boston Globe, January 29, 2016

    Hindu followers of the guru Shri Sai Baba are building a new temple in Groton to accommodate increased observance. The Asian-Indian American population in Massachusetts increased by 76 percent over a recent 10-year period, according to statistics from the Institute for Asian American Studies.
  • Conversation with 25 Leaders in Action: Paul Watanabe ›

    AAPIP.org, November 19, 2015

    Institute for Asian American Studies Director Paul Watanabe talks to Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy about why he is passionate about advocating for AAPI communities.
  • Michelle Wu’s run for City Council president highlights need for Asian-Americans in power ›

    The Boston Globe, November 10, 2015

    “You can be a newcomer, you can be a bit of an outsider, and you can be younger and still be elected," Associate Professor of Political Science and Institute for Asian American Studies Director Paul Watanabe says about the election of Michelle Wu, Boston’s second city councilor of Asian descent.
  • CMAA helps feds with outreach to Cambodians ›

    Lowell Sun, August 24, 2015

    Institute for Asian American Studies Director Paul Watanabe says Saturday's meeting in Lowell with the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders was designed to help Asian Americans realize that the government works for them.
  • Counter-protesters join kimono fray at MFA ›

    The Boston Globe, July 19, 2015

    Paul Watanabe, director of UMass Boston's Institute for Asian American Studies, comments on the protests of the Museum of Fine Arts's “Kimono Wednesdays.” "I have talked to many people, including Japanese and Japanese-Americans, that didn’t find the event offensive on its face," Watanabe said.
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