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What We're Teaching in AFAM

"Afro-Asian Connections in American Culture"
Prof. Seulghee Lee

Prof. Lee's AFAM 398 course examines the cultural and political connections between African Americans and Asian Americans in the contemporary period. Two books on his reading list are Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Why We Can't Wait (1964) and Andrew Yang's The War on Normal People (2018). Lee said: "The concept of Universal Basic Income has now entered mainstream discourse with Yang's presidential candidacy. Dr. King advocated for a version of this idea toward the end of his life. The aim of this comparison is to have us think through the irony of a minoritized (and marginalized) political figure as pushing for a universal policy."


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