KCC CDI to host free talk on Asian-American experience June 29

A promotional graphic featuing a headshot of Jennifer Young Yim and a paragraph of text about Yim's upcoming lecture for the KCC CDI.

The Kellogg Community College Center for Diversity and Innovation’s summer events schedule continues this month with a free presentation about the experience of being an Asian-American in the U.S.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is titled “Being an Asian-American … is really hard, actually” and will be led by Jennifer Young Yim, a University of Michigan graduate and adjunct instructor with degrees in psychology, women’s studies and South Asian studies. It will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, June 29, in the Kellogg Room in the Student Center on KCC’s campus at 450 North Ave., Battle Creek.

Yim’s talk will offer an overview of how Asian-American stereotypes like the “model minority” have evolved in the context of the U.S. economy, immigration policy and racial triangulation in relation to comparative perceptions of blacks and whites. Community members of all backgrounds and interests are invited to the event and are welcome to participate in experiential activities and discussions to be interspersed with Yim’s lecture.

About Jennifer Young Yim

Jennifer Young Yim hails from Rossford, Ohio, and is a lifelong resident of the Midwest. She received degrees in psychology, women’s studies and South Asian studies from the University of Michigan, where she served as the first director of the Global Scholars Program and teaches as an adjunct lecturer in Psychology and American Culture. She is the creator of the American Dream board game and is featured in the Point Made Films antiracism documentary, “I’m Not Racist… Am I?” Yim currently lives in Ann Arbor with her young children and volunteers as a sidewalker with Therapeutic Riding, Inc.

About the KCC Center for Diversity and Innovation

The mission of Kellogg Community College’s Center for Diversity and Innovation is to foster leadership and innovation for an equitable Battle Creek by inspiring, supporting and connecting diverse community leaders, and to provide comprehensive support for community change initiatives that promote equity, leadership and engagement in Battle Creek. Created in 2014 through a three-year grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the CDI seeks to ignite a fundamental transformation in the city of Battle Creek toward the elimination of racial disparities. Visit the CDI online at www.kellogg.edu/kcccdi.

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