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READ: The Loneliest Americans

Jay Caspian Kang considers the complexities behind the term “Asian American” as he intermingles both personal memoir and historical reporting to examine the difficulties Asian immigrants have faced when attempting to carve out an identity for themselves in the U.S. Kang, the child of Korean refugees, offers a candid analysis of the Asian American experience that draws upon his own upbringing along with the accounts of immigrants of different generations to highlight how a lack of shared identity has led to lasting feelings of exclusion and loneliness in younger Asian Americans. Published by Crown

WATCH: My Name is Pauli Murray

The lesser known legacy of Pauli Murray is highlighted in this documentary that details how this Black, nonbinary legal activist was instrumental in formulating race and gender equity laws years before the rise of the civil rights movement. Using archival footage, present-day interviews, and diary entries, the film demonstrates the impact of Murray.— who was a lawyer, poet, Episcopal priest, and co-founder of the National Organization for Women — on advancing social justice issues and inspiring later advocates such as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

LISTEN: Because of Anita: “The Conversation: Prof. Anita Hill and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford”

The new four-part podcast series Because of Anita focuses on the lasting impact of Anita Hill and her 1991 Senate testimony against then-U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas for sexual harassment. In this episode, Hill and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford speak together publicly for the first time about Ford’s 2018 testimony against then-nominee Brett Kavanaugh for sexual assault. The women compare their experiences and the ways in which society has, and has not, evolved since Hill’s testimony. Available on all major podcast apps

This article was published in our December 2021 issue.