Organizing the Diaspora: The U.S.-China Conflict, Anti-Asian Racism, and Transnational Solidarity

Friday, December 4th, 2020

7:00 PM EST / 6:00 PM CST / 5:00 PM MST / 4:00 PM PST

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2020 has seen rising tensions at various pressure points between the U.S. and China: political crises in Hong Kong and Xinjiang; increased anti-Asian racism, specifically Sinophobia, with the spread of COVID-19; and nationalist fearmongering on China from establishment politicians across the aisle.

Caught between this crossfire are Asian workers and others in the diaspora, from international students to long-time Chinatown residents. We have also seen heroic struggles against these forms of oppressions and have been inspired by the BLM uprising in the US.

How can leftists of color and allies help connect transnational solidarity to anti-racist movement-building at home? What are some of the possibilities or pitfalls to anticipate with a Biden administration in terms of building up Asian and Asian American movements from China to Chinatowns abroad?

Speakers in this webinar will show the interconnections between these aspects, addressing topics like the Chinese right wing, pro-Beijing disinformation, Chinese international students’ organizing, and avenues for left-wing solidarity with movements in Hong Kong and China against state repression while remaining vigilant against the forces of U.S. imperialism.

This event hopes to stimulate organizing that concretely gives shape to what connecting the transnational and local in the mass movement and beyond can look like.


Tobita Chow, Justice is Global
Helena Wong, Chinese Student Activist Network
David Xu Borgonjon, International and Immigrant Student Workers Alliance (IISWA)
Sharon Yam, Lausan Collective 
JM Wong, Pacific Rim Solidarity Network (Parisol)