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What Can We Do About Anti-Asian Racism?

May 5, 2021

A new installment in the CAN/DID Inclusion Series offers a set of tools that we can all use to counteract racism, particularly anti-Asian scapegoating during the coronavirus pandemic.

CAN/DID: What Can We Do About Anti-Asian Racism?Successful strategies include speaking out, developing bystander skills and cultivating empathy, Mae Lee, instructor and chair of Asian American and Asian Studies, explains in the video.

Also in the video, De Anza Student Government president Katelyn Pan talks about work that the DASG is doing to support students.

“Bringing people together in community and knowing they’ve got each other’s backs ... that’s the culture and legacy that De Anza has,” adds Tony Santa Ana, program coordinator in the Office of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education.

The new video is being released ahead of this Friday’s multiracial panel discussion, focusing on perspectives from Asian American and Asian Studies. The panel is part of an online event series hosted by the Intercultural and International Studies Division.

Ethnic Studies Multiracial Panel Event

Join the college community for an online series of panel discussions titled "Our Histories, Our Experiences, Our Lives: From Learning to Collective Action," which will bring together faculty representatives from core areas of ethnic studies, along with students, classified professionals and administrators who will share their perspectives.

Upcoming panels will convene on consecutive Fridays, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Look for related CAN/DID Inclusion Series videos preceding each event.

  • This Friday, May 7: Asian American and Asian Studies
  • Friday, May 14: Chicanx/Latinx Studies
  • Friday, May 21: Native American and Indigenous Studies
  • Friday, May 28: Comparative Ethnic Studies – Building Multiracial Alliances

The panel series began last Friday, April 30, with a discussion focused on African American Studies and Black experiences. You can watch a recording of that event at

Participation in the entire series is encouraged, for full inclusion and understanding. Please register in advance to attend. 


CAN/DID is a multimedia series that examines equity and social justice issues by drawing on the knowledge and experiences of our own community members.

Future installments of CAN/DID will address additional aspects of the Black Lives Matter movement and more issues that affect all of us at the college.

You can find all the videos and social media posts, along with resources for support and further exploration at For resources and information on addressing racism, visit the Standing Against Racism webpage. We'll also highlight future installments through this email newsletter.

CAN/DID is produced by the multimedia team and others in the Office of Communications, in consultation with the Office of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education.

Your feedback on the series is welcome at

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