Stop AAPI Hate Co-Founder Russell Jeung addresses the alarming reports of violence and crimes committed against Asian Americans over the past year. He examines the racist beliefs that often motivate perpetrators, discusses the influence of social media, and offers a hopeful look at how Asian American communities and their allies are standing up to injustice nationwide.
Russell Jeung is a professor of Asian American studies at San Francisco State University. In 2020, Dr. Jeung launched Stop AAPI Hate, a project of Chinese for Affirmative Action, the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council, and SF State Asian American Studies. It tracks Covid-19 related discrimination in order to develop community resources and policy interventions to fight racism.
Dr. Jeung is author of several books, including Family Sacrifices: The Worldviews and Ethics of Chinese Americans (Oxford University Press, 2019) and Moving Movers: Student Activism and the Emergence of Asian American Studies (UCLA Asian American Studies Center, 2019). In addition, he co-produced the documentary The Oak Park Story (2010) with Valerie Soe.
Dr. Jeung’s research interests include the sociology of race, the sociology of religion, and social movements. He received a B.A. in human biology and a M.A. in education from Stanford University. After working in China and in the Mayor’s Office of San Francisco, he obtained his PhD in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.