Conference celebrates Yale’s leadership in ethnic studies

Yale celebrated its legacy of ethnic studies in a Nov. 3-4 conference sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration (RITM) and the Asian American Cultural Center. The conference honored the late Don Nakanishi ’71, a Yale graduate who was a pioneer in the fields of ethnic and Asian-American studies and an inspiration for generations of young scholars.

Janelle Wong ’01 Ph.D., professor of American studies and director of the American Studies Program at the University of Maryland, offered the keynote address the evening of Nov. 3. Her remarks, titled “Race and Politics from Don Nakanishi to Donald Trump,” considered what we learn about race and politics by “looking at them through an Asian-American lens.”