Saulkdi Yangh

Centering War in Asian American Movement Building

The purpose of this paper is to create a framework of war and empire to help better understand and engage Asian American movement building. In attempting to create this framework, we are placing various fields in relation to each other, particularly Asian American Studies, Asian American Activist Scholarship, African and African American Studies, Critical Refugee Studies, and Hmong Studies. We are also using personal narratives of those engaged in Asian American movement building and those who’ve experienced or are in close proximity to war as another means to illustrate the correlations between war and movement building. Finally, we are centralizing on Southeast Asian/American and Hmong perspectives to add new narratives and critiques within Asian American movement spaces of today in hopes of charting new ways of engaging and understanding U.S. Empire, revolution, and community care.