Asian American Speaker Series: Eric C. Wat

Love Your Asian Body: What AIDS Taught Us About Sex in a Pandemic

September 8, 2021, 4:00 p.m.
Women’s Building Format Lounge

Sponsored by the Asian American Studies minor, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, the Office of Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs 

AIDS was a deadly pandemic that devastated the gay community in the 1980s and 1990s. Typical stories about the AIDS movement are full of death, suffering, and anger. Asian American AIDS activists were no stranger to this grief and loss, but they also charted a different path of resistance, one that celebrated joy and sex as a way to bring the community together. In so doing, they redefined a queer Asian identity that is rooted in social justice. Their emphasis on joy is never more important in movement building today.

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