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1990 Institute Teachers Workshop

Asian American Identity: At the Intersection of Perpetual Foreigner and Pop Culture Trendsetter

March 6, 2024
4 PM PT / 7PM ET

Online Workshop

The workshop is free to all, but please consider making a donation to help the 1990 Institute defray the cost of bringing this and other educational workshop to you.

About this workshop

Explore Asian American identity and its evolution amid a changing cultural landscape. Who are Asian Americans? Most Americans learn about Asian American history through media and entertainment. Is our ever-changing culture shaping the way we look at diversity? This enlightening conversation will  We will also take a look at how different labels for Asian Americans throughout history have influenced the way Asians in America are seen today and how cultural appropriation affects the history of Asians in America, the complexities of Asian American identity, and the visibility and rise of Asian Americans in pop culture through movies, music, and more. the community. This discussion also aims to empower participants to embrace their Asian heritage and their unique Asian American identity.

By fostering dialogue and encouraging creative expression, this workshop seeks to inspire positive change and contribute to a more inclusive and diverse cultural landscape. Although geared toward middle and high school educators, this webinar is open to all who are interested.

Registered attendees will also receive lesson plans that can be implemented during May for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month. 

For those in the Northern California Bay Area, by registering and attending the workshop, you will be eligible for a drawing for two tickets to the Berkeley Rep’s upcoming performance of The Far Country, a critically-acclaimed play touching on immigration, identity, and memory. 

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Neil Ruiz

Head of New Research Initiatives Pew Research Center

As Head of New Research Initiatives at Pew Research Center, Neil is responsible for inspiring and advancing new opportunities for organizational growth and evolution. He is also the principal investigator of the Center’s comprehensive study of Asian Americans and an associate director of race and ethnicity research. He studies Asian Americans, other racial and ethnic groups, and immigrant populations.


Ziyao Tian

Research Associate

Pew Research Center

A research associate of race and ethnicity research at Pew Research Center, Ziayo is an expert on the socioeconomic profile and views of the Asian population in the U.S. Her research expertise extends to race and ethnicity, social stratification and inequality, economic sociology, education, and immigration.


Jeff Yang

Author, Journalist, Screen Writer & Producer

A writer, journalist, producer, screenwriter, Jeff is the author of “The Golden Screen: The Movies that Made Asian America” and co-author of “RISE: A Pop History of Asian America from the Nineties to Now” and more books. He is a columnist and featured contributor for CNN and recently wrote a screenplay for the first feature film to address the wave of anti-Asian hate during the pandemic: “A Great Divide.”

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Margaret Yee

Education Consultant

With a passion for art, culture, and Asian identity, Margaret is a freelance education consultant for museums, schools, and community organizations. She was previously a manager of school and teacher programs at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco and taught high school English and humanities for more than 20 years.


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