Co-founder of Yale’s Asian American Students Alliance to speak about his advocacy work
Lowell Chun-Hoon, the first editor of Amerasia Journal and an advocate for Asian Americans, will be the featured guest at two events in honor of the Asian American Students Alliance’s 50th anniversary. The first event will be on Saturday, April 6 at 10:30 a.m. in the Sterling Chemistry Laboratory at 225 Prospect St. The second event, at 11:45 a.m., will be an Immigration and Civil Rights Teach-In at the Watson Center, 60 Sachem St. Both events are co-sponsored by the Poynter Fellowship and the Asian American Cultural Center.
Chun-Hoon co-founded the Asian American Students Alliance at Yale 50 years ago. He co-authored a consequential proposal that led to the creation of the first Asian American studies Master of Arts degree in the United States at the University of California-Los Angeles. He also co-founded the Amerasia Journal, the leading interdisciplinary journal in Asian American studies. For his work as a labor lawyer and career advocate for Asian Americans in Hawaii, in 2013 Chun-Hoon was awarded the prestigious Daniel K. Inouye Trailblazer award by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.
The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism was established by Nelson Poynter, who received his master’s degree in 1927 from Yale. The fellowship brings to campus distinguished reporters, editors and others who have made important contributions to the media. Among recent Poynter fellows are Hilary Rosen, Jose Antonio Vargas, and Ethan Kuperberg.