Conversations with Asian Americans in Michigan: Voices from the Midwest Writers

Friday, March 5, 2021
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Alumni, Community, Faculty, Staff, Students

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Friday, March 5, 2021

1:00-2:00 p.m.

Held virtually via Zoom

Moderator - Connie Dang, Senior Inclusion & Equity Officer, Grand Valley State University


  • Sook Wilkinson, Ph.D., Co-Editor of Asian Americans in Michigan; Commissioner, Protect Michigan Commission; Board member, Michigan School of Psychology; Board member, Historical Society of Michigan
  • Joseph Galura, MSW, Lecturer and Advisor, University of Michigan School of Social Work, co-wrote, “A Brief History of Filipino Americans in Michigan”
  • Emily Hsiao, M.P.A./I.D., M.B.A., Head of Agronomic Product Development at Indigo Agriculture, wrote, “Unconscious and Unrecognized”
  • Samir Singh, Chief Executive Officer, Public Policy Associates, Inc., wrote, “Politics Runs in the Family”

The book  AsianAmericans in Michigan: Voices from the Midwest  has been selected by Bridge Michigan, as  “15 anti-racist Michigan books to get you through the holidays and quarantine.” Published in March 2015, editors Sook Wilkinson and Victor Jew have assembled forty-one contributors to give an intimate glimpse into Michigan’s Asian-American perspectives, including first-generation immigrants, those born in the United States, and third- and fourth-generation Americans of Asian heritage. This volume’s vibrant mix of contributors trace their ancestries back to East Asia (China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan), South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Pakistan), and Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Laos, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Hmong).  Asian Americans in Michigan  makes clear the significant contributions by individuals in many fields—including art, business, education, religion, sports, medicine, and politics—and demonstrates the central role of community organizations in bringing ethnic groups together and preserving memories.

Editor Sook Wilinson and writers Joseph Galura, Emily Hsaio, and Sam Singh will give a brief history around the development of the book, share some highlights of their essay, and connect their experiences as Asian Americans in the current national events and racial equity movement. Then, they will engage in an interactive conversation with the audience. 

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This event was added to the calendar by Erica Baker-Bringedahl ( on Monday, January 25, 2021 and was last updated on Monday, February 8, 2021 at 9:24 a.m.