A coalition of UMass Boston institutes studying race and ethnicity will host an all-day conference called “A Dream Imagined: Race, Ethnicity and the Struggle for Boston’s Future” on May 20 in the Campus Center.
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.”
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.”
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.
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."
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 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.
“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.
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.