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CAAL PowerTalk: The Racial Experiences of Asian American Students

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Sunrise Banks Corporate Headquarters

2525 Wabash Ave

Saint Paul, MN 55114

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Please join us at this CAAL PowerTalk!

The narrative about students who experience racism rarely mentions Asian students, but the lived experiences show that this invisibility and lack of understanding about how Asian students experience racism can have devastating results that include silent victimization and bullying etc.

We host Dr. Bic Ngo, educators, parents and community leaders to share research and lived experiences about the racial experience of Asian American students, teachers, and staff in our schools.

This PowerTalk includes Dr. Ngo’s research and a response panel made up of parents, educator and community insights.

Light lunch will be served.


Dr. Bic Ngo is Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and the Principal Investigator and Project Director for the University of Minnesota's Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) grant. This 2016 grant created the Asian Pacific American Resource Center (APARC) at the University of Minnesota. She will share her research and discuss what anti-Asian racism looks like in our educational system.

Her research and teaching interests focus on culturally relevant pedagogy, urban and multicultural education in general and immigrant education in particular.

She has worked extensively with Hmong American and Lao American students, families and communities in the Twin Cities area. In a case study with Hmong college students, she explored the social, cultural and economic negotiations among working-class, first-generation students as well as the affect of race, ethnicity, class and gender on their educational experiences. In an ethnographic study of Lao immigrant students at an urban, public high school she examined the ways in which we teach and talk about cultural difference within the contexts of “culture” and “cultural identity.” Most recently, her research projects have included an ethnographic study involving Hmong American high school students, parents, and community leaders.

By looking at how “culture” and “cultural difference” play out in the practices of schools, teachers and students, she seeks to reveal the complexities of urban education and the implications for teaching immigrant students. In my research and teaching, she is committed to working toward equity and social justice.


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Sunrise Banks has a surface parking lot that includes free parking. Sunrise Banks staff and tenants have priority, the remaining spots are limited. We do recommend all attendees of events/meetings to consider “going green,” by carpooling or using public transportation. Special parking is avialable for carpools. Street parking is also nearby.


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