Panel Discussion on Undocumented Asian Immigrants To Be Held March 20

The Asia Society will host a panel discussion on undocumented Asian immigrants on Thursday, March 20.

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The Asia Society of Northern California is hosting a panel discussion on undocumented Asian immigrants on Thursday, March 20, next week.

The immigration issue is one with transnational implications, but it’s also one of particular importance for the future of the Bay Area. Here, there is both a large population of residents with Asian descent, and a great push for immigration reform to bring in more highly-skilled immigrants from the tech sector. But the fact that hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants in this state also come from Asia seems to get lost in the discussions.

See the event details below:

Undocumented immigrants from Asia are a growing force in American politics and society. In California alone, there are an estimated 416,000 Asian undocumented immigrants, or roughly 15 percent of the state’s entire undocumented population. While immigration is commonly understood to be a “Latino” issue, Asian Americans have an equal stake in immigration reform. With policy change at the local and state levels and new hopes of reform from Washington, the time is right for a national dialogue. Join ASNC as we bring together young activists, grassroots leaders, and legal experts to examine this complex and timely subject.

Date: Thursday, March 20, 2014

Event Website: Here.

Katharine Gin, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Educators for Fair Consideration
Bill Ong Hing (moderator), Professor, University of San Francisco School of Law
Ju Hong, Researcher, Harvard University; undocumented member, Asian Students for Immigrant Rights through Education (ASPIRE)
Grace Lee, Policy Director, Chinese for Affirmative Action
Anoop Prasad, Staff Attorney, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus

Program Agenda:
5:30 – 6:00 p.m. Registration
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Discussion/Audience Q&A
7:30 – 8:00 p.m. Reception

Event Location:
ASNC Bechtel Conference Center
500 Washington Street
San Francisco

Purchase tickets: Here.