In the Media

Asian-Americans urged to vote, run for office ›

The Boston Globe | August 04, 2017
Paul Watanabe, the director of the Institute for Asian American Studies, says the creation of a Boston chapter of the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association is "important." "The opening of the [chapter] is an opportunity to address the larger issues," he said.

Amy Sangiolo Wants To Be Newton’s First Asian-American Mayor ›

Patch | August 03, 2017
If elected, Amy Sangiolo would be the first woman mayor of Newton and the first Asian-American mayor. Paul Watanabe, the director of the Institute for Asian American Studies, said, "I think it's historic."

A dream imagined: Race, ethnicity and the struggle for Boston’s future on May 20 ›

Sampan | May 17, 2017
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.

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.

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