CAN/DID: Standing Against Racism and Injustice
NEW Anti-Asian Racism – Beyond Acts of Hate
What Is CAN/DID?
- An ongoing multimedia series that builds on the knowledge and experience of De Anza College students, faculty members and classified professionals
- An exploration of equity and social justice issues – including lessons we can all learn from the struggles of many different groups and individuals
Standing Against Anti-Asian Racism and Scapegoating
The latest video in the CAN/DID Inclusion Series, which you can watch above, provides historic context and tools for understanding and confronting anti-Asian racism – by using an Asian Americanist analysis that goes beyond simply labeling these attacks "acts of hate."
Two previous videos, which you can see below, examined the effects of anti-Asian scapegoating and the documented surge in racist attacks on Asians and Asian Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic, including violence in the Bay Area and elsewhere. A future installment will provide suggestions for taking action against this problem.
Effects of Anti-Asian Racism and Scapegoating
During the Pandemic
How Do We Make Sense of What's Going On?
In a recent email to students, faculty and classified professionals, President Lloyd A. Holmes outlined plans for a collegewide response to anti-Asian racism. That response includes opportunities for the college community to share knowledge and solidarity against racism.
Community Rallies Against Anti-Asian Racism
Representatives from De Anza College and the Foothill-De Anza Community College District joined the Stop Asian Hate Rally held outside Cupertino City Hall on Saturday, April 10.
Then and Now – A Conversation on the History of Racism in the U.S.
- This panel discussion on April 6 was moderated by Chesa Caparas, faculty coordinator for the Jean Miller Resource Room, and Jodi Wong, student and former editor of La Voz News.
- Panelists included Robert Handa, De Anza alum, NBC Bay Area reporter and host of Asian Pacific America; Mae Lee, chair, Asian American and Asian Studies; and Jim Nguyen, instructor, Political Science.
- Watch the Zoom recording
Previously on CAN/DID
What Is Black Lives Matter?
What Does Black Lives Matter
Mean to You?
Inclusion in Practice at De Anza, Intercultural Studies Part I
About the Name
"Can" represents the opportunity for action and positive progress. "Did" acknowledges the history – good and bad – that we are building on. And "candid" means open and honest, which the series will be.
CAN/DID is produced by the multimedia team in the Office of Communications, in consultation with the Office of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education at De Anza College.
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The series was developed to expand on collegewide efforts that followed the murder of George Floyd in May 2020. Those efforts included funding of a full-time, permanent position for an Umoja program counselor, online discussions and activities for students and employees, and the creation of the Standing Against Racism resource webpage.
Below on this page, you’ll find more information and resources for support and further exploration of these issues.
Some of the Voices in This Series
Read the CAN/DID Newsletter
The Office of Communications will keep the college community informed about new installments in the series, through social media posts and emails to De Anza's faculty and classified professional staff, among others. Below you'll find links to the email messages.
- April 6, 2021: Beyond Acts of Hate
- March 17, 2021: How Do We Make Sense of What's Going On?
- Feb. 24: 2021: What Does Black Lives Matter Mean to You?
- Feb. 17, 2021: Anti-Asian Racism During the Pandemic
- Feb. 10, 2021: Inclusion in Practice at De Anza
- Jan. 28, 2021: What Is Black Lives Matter?
- Jan. 21, 2021: Introducing the Series