Lecture: How Being Asian Got Me in Trouble

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Date/Time:Tuesday, 09 Apr 2019 at 8:15 pm
Location:Great Hall, Memorial Union
Cost:Free
Contact:
Phone:515-294-9934
Channel:ISU Lecture Series
Categories:Diversity Lectures
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"A Name Worth Fighting For: How Being Asian Got Me in Trouble." Simon Tam, founder and bassist of The Slants, talks frankly about racism, his experiences as a musician, and how this Asian American dance rock band unintentionally revived a longstanding battle over trademarks and racial slurs. Part of the First Amendment Days celebration.

Tam will discuss how the nearly eight-year-long legal battle over the band's name came about, their ultimate victory for free speech, as well as the unintended consequences the Supreme Court decision had for other civil rights legal organizations. His book, Slanted: How Being Asian Got Me Into Trouble, will be published this spring.