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Opening Reception - American Peril: Imagining the Foreign Threat

November 2 - 30, 2018

Co-hosted by JACL Philadelphia & PAAFF

A series of 60+ original printed works connecting four distinct periods and the complex history of Anti-Asian racism in the United States - Chinese Exclusion Era in mid 1800’s, WWII Anti-Japanese Propaganda, the Auto Industry’s Japan Bashing in the 1970’s - 1980’s, and Post 9/11 Islamophobia in relationship to contemporary political rhetoric. By framing highly amplified contemporary issues such as Islamophobia as part of the larger historic trend, the show encourages viewers to consider historical precedents and their effects, and to think more critically about today’s (21st century) xenophobia.

Works come from the Collections of Rob Buscher and Jamal J. Elias

Earlier Event: October 26
Workshop with Kayhan Irani
Later Event: November 9
Music of Asian American Conference