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Recorded Talk: Sina Sam on Family Separation and Deportations and the Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities

March 24, 2020 - May 8, 2020

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Sina Sam (Academic Outreach and Innovation) will talk about her advocacy with the Khmer Anti-deportation Advocacy Group of Washington, and about the larger issues of family separation and deportation impacting the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. She will speak about how mass incarceration and increased deportations impact Cambodian American refugees, who are also survivors of genocide in their home country. A graduate of WSU’s Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, Sam was appointed by Governor Inslee to the state Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, where she is the first Khmer American woman to serve in this capacity. She is also a frequent speaker at national conferences educating about Southeast Asian deportations and issues affecting the AAPI community.

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March 24, 2020
May 8, 2020


Hosted on Zoom (view event details for link)


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