“Generation Rising” Book Launch with Loan Dao and PrYSM

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Join us for the book launch of “Generation Rising: A New Politics of Southeast Asian American Activism” with author Loan Thi Dao and PrYSM.

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Hosted by Eastwind Books of Berkeley and co-sponsored by UC Berkeley’s Asian American Research Center (AARC)


About the book:

Generation Rising traces the development of Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM), a grassroots, LGBTQ+ youth-led organization of Southeast Asian Americans whose families migrated to Providence, Rhode Island, in the aftermath of the American war in Viet Nam, Laos, and Cambodia. This in-depth ethnography delves into topics that challenge a new generation of community organizers today: collective identity formation, intersectional leadership development, coalitions and political campaign strategies, and enacting a vision for a transformative movement. The book explores how Southeast Asian American organizers in this historic period have navigated the intergenerational demands from both their co-ethnic community elders and social movement elders to forge their own agenda, strategies, and culture, while resisting constraints imposed by funders. Their story captures the struggles and growth of movement-building for youth activists fighting to be free.


"Generation Rising makes an original and timely contribution to the study of refugees and children of refugees as key agents of a new type of social movements in the U.S. The mobilization against Southeast Asian American deportation builds on the legacy of the Asian American Movement in the late 1960s and 1970s. Generation Rising provides the framework to analyze the arc between the AAM and today’s Millennial and post-Millennial generations of Southeast Asian American social movement activists and organizers who are forging a new paradigm for social change."

--Kim Geron, Professor, Cal State East Bay and author of The Snake Dance of Asian American Activism: Community, Vision, and Power

"Generation Rising is a vital, urgent challenge to organizations and movements that allow their organizing agendas and political objectives to be shaped by state power and the nonprofit industrial complex. Crucially, this book cultivates complex, necessary conversations about the pitfalls and possibilities of local-to-national coalitions that attempt to galvanize grassroots movements across geographies and intersectional social positions. At a time of Black radical vitality and Indigenous anti- and decolonial resurgence, Generation Rising contributes to a growing field of praxis, pedagogy, and revolt.

--Dylan Rodriguez, Professor, UC Riverside, President of American Studies Association and author of White Reconstruction: Domestic Warfare and the Logics of Genocide."

"By foregrounding the perspectives, motivations, and organizing tactics of Southeast Asian refugee youth, Generations Rising subverts hegemonic scripts of the deserving and assimilated refugee and recreates a new lens through which activists and scholars can understand social movements. This richly ethnographic text, grounded in decades of Dao's own organizing experiences, offers a deeply intimate look at the movement for Southeast Asian American refugee resistance, creativity, and power."

--Elena Shih, Assistant Professor, Brown University, PrYSM Board Member, and author of Manufacturing Freedom: Trafficking Rescue, Rehabilitation, and the Slave Free Good:

About the Authors:

Loan Thi Dao, PhD (she/her/hers) is an Associate Professor and Director of Ethnic Studies at St. Mary’s College of California. She specializes in Southeast Asian refugee migration and community development, immigrant and refugee youth, social movements, and Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR). Dao has published on topics related to memory and war in cultural productions, Vietnamese American female leadership, undocumented AAPI activists, transnational activism, and Southeast Asian American deportation.

​She teaches interdisciplinary ethnic studies courses, and her service has included leadership positions in student groups, cultural productions, diversity and inclusion initiatives and training, immigrant rights and policy advocacy, and on boards of Southeast Asian American community organizations. She previously served on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Asian American Commission and as a Governor-appointed advisor to the Massachusetts Office of Refugees and Immigrants.


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Eastwind Books Multicultural Services (EBMS) is a 501(3)c non-profit dedicated to the promotion and accessibility of Asian American and Ethnic Multicultural Literature. EBMS

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