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Storytelling and Narrative: Challenging Systemic Racism as Asian Americans


INTERVIEW WITH KEN LIU Photography from New York Times Magazine What does it mean to be an immigrant? What does it mean to have your story be misunderstood and taken away from you? That you feel like you cannot tell your own story? That’s how a lot of immigrants feel—that they cannot tell their own […]

Gender, Race and Identity

Representation, Redistribution and Revolution: A Conversation with Viet Thanh Nguyen


INTERVIEW WITH VIET THANH NGUYEN BY CAT HUANG Photograph: Joyce Kim/New York Times/Redux/Eyevine Is the principle of AAPI self-recognition and the demand for recognition? Or is the principle for AAPI an ever-evolving struggle for justice? These are two very separate things that have been implicated and intertwined in AAPI history to the extent that one […]

Mobilizing Our Community: Reflections on Civic and Electoral Engagement Among AAPIs in Recent Years


INTERVIEW WITH CHRISTINE CHEN Photography by The Atlantic This piece was published in the 32nd print volume of the Asian American Policy Review. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. I am hopeful just because I saw so many people leaning in, especially this new, larger generation that’s coming up. But it’s now […]

Gender, Race and Identity
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Caught in the web of inequalities: The Devadasis’ isolation


Trained in literature, dance, and music, Devdasis, or servants of God, are women and girls dedicated to temples in South India. A traditional religious practice among Hindus dating back to the 6th century, girls as young as seven are “married” to a temple deity and dedicate their lives to the performance of sacred rituals and […]

An Open Letter to the Harvard Crimson from the Israeli Students of Harvard


By Harvard Kennedy School Israel Caucus & Harvard College Israel Caucus Earlier this month the Harvard Crimson published an editorial endorsing the Boycott, Divest, Sanction (BDS) movement against Israel. We, the Israel societies of Harvard College and the Harvard Kennedy School, would like to respond.  It is important to note that we welcome criticism of […]

A Statistical Storm: Data Disaggregation and the Decades-Long Debate Over AAPI Identity


Photography by Tommy Kha – New York Times This piece was published in the 32nd print volume of the Asian American Policy Review. Decades-long efforts to disaggregate AAPI data have been derailed by community infighting, government bureaucracy, and bitter debates over identity. But as demand for quality data surges, supporters have reason to be hopeful. […]

Gender, Race and Identity

Gender Equity at HKS: The Time for Change is Now


By Sehr Taneja (MPP 2022) In 2019, I arrived at the Harvard Kennedy School after two years working in Indian politics, where I would often have to squint to see another woman around me. I was hopeful that here I would find ways to achieve equal representation. In my first year, however, I had only […]

Why Professor Seglin’s Column Writing Class Goes to Bid Every Year


By Yogesh Kumar (MC/MPA) I am a visiting professor at Dr. B.R Ambedkar University Delhi. I had given up hope that I would find a professor at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) whom I wanted to emulate in my own career. Then I took a class with Professor Jeffrey Seglin. DPI 830B: Column and Op Ed […]

Media Matters: Why Asian American Representation in Media is a Social Justice Issue


Photograph of Anna May Wong This piece was published in the 32nd print volume of the Asian American Policy Review. There is a danger of a single story becoming the only story, and it is important to see counter-narratives as well. More stories need to show the breadth, depth, and nuance of our multi-ethnic, varied […]

Gender, Race and Identity
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A day in the life of a feminist: an unironic exposition of how to demolish the patriarchy in 24 hours


Put down your borrowed copy of bell hooks and roll up the sleeves of your “This Is What A Feminist Looks Like” t-shirt made by Bangladeshi children. Lay them at the altar of my practical guide to a day in the life of a feminist. Weep, for as our ancestors foretold, there is more nuance […]

A Call to Action: Addressing the Historic Underfunding of AAPI Communities


The rise of hate against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has drawn attention to the need to better support AAPI communities across our country — communities that have historically been drastically underfunded and under-resourced. This article focuses on how the philanthropic community and beyond can close critical gaps […]

Gender, Race and Identity
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Alleviating the Impacts of Covid-19 on Women through Economic Development: A Personal Perspective 


In October 2021, the Biden Administration released its National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality.[1] In recognition of the barriers that prevent those who identify as women, primarily women of color and trans women, from achieving their full potential, it established the White House Gender Policy Council to execute ten interconnected and intersectional priorities core […]

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