Media Advisory: UC Irvine Law Students to Host Two-Day Conference on Asian Pacific American Identity


IRVINE, Calif.—UC Irvine School of Law students will host a conference on strengthening the Asian Pacific American identity on March 15-16, 2012.

WHAT: The conference explores the following four questions: Who identifies as Asian Pacific American, and what are the implications? Is economic justice and socioeconomic achievement an APA issue, and how does it comport with commonly held assumptions based on the model minority myth? How is the APA identity complicated by the theory of intersectionality? How do the struggles and successes of APA racial formation inform community collaboration and interracial coalition building more broadly?

WHO: Featured speakers include: Amna Akbar, CUNY School of Law; Angelo Ancheta, Santa Clara Law; Khin Mai Aung, AALDEF; Devon Carbado, UCLA School of Law; Kim D. Chanbonpin, The John Marshall Law School; Robert Chang, Seattle Univ. School of Law; Jack Chin, UC Davis School of Law; Neil Gotanda, Western State Univ. Law; Marc-Tizoc González, St. Thomas Univ. School of Law; Ana Henderson, Warren Institute, UC Berkeley Law; Trina Jones, Duke Law; Eugene Lee, Asian Pacific American Legal Center; Nancy Leong, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law; Julian Lim, Washington Univ. Law; Eileen Ma, API Equality-Los Angeles; Nicole Ochi, Asian Pacific American Legal Center; Yungsuhn Park, Asian Pacific American Legal Center; Kim Hai Pearson, Gonzaga School of Law; Hector Vargas, Gay & Lesbian Medical Assn.; Lee Ann Wang, University of Michigan; Eddy Zheng, Community Youth Center of San Francisco.

WHEN: Kickoff reception and film screening is Thursday, March 15, 6:00 p.m., Law School Courtyard; conference begins Friday, March 16, 8:00 a.m., Room EDU 1111. More details on event page:

WHERE: UC Irvine School of Law, 401 East Peltason Drive, Irvinec CA 92697, Room EDU 1111. Directions and parking information

REGISTRATION: $20 Please register online.

MEDIA CONTACT: Rex Bossert, assistant dean for communications and public affairs,, (949) 824-3063.


UC Irvine School of Law seeks to create the ideal law school for the 21st century by doing the best job of training lawyers for the practice of law at the highest levels of the profession. Recruited from prestigious schools, the faculty ranked ninth in the country in scholarly impact in a recent study. The student body has median grades and LSAT scores comparable to those of student bodies at top 20 law schools. The school's innovative curriculum stresses hands-on learning, interdisciplinary study and public service.