AAPI-Black Allyship and Reparations Panel
Sponsors: Seattle University School of Law, Asian Bar Association of Washington
Panelists: Sharon Sakamoto, Larry Gossett, Marcus Harrison Green, and Lorraine K. Bannai
Zoom Registration Link: bit.ly/apilsa21
Seattle University’s Asian Paciﬁc Islander Law Student Association (APILSA), University of Washington’s Asian Paciﬁc American
Law Student Association (APALSA), and the Asian Bar Association of Washington (ABAW) proudly presents a community panel
on the importance of allyship and racial solidarity between the AAPI and Black communities and on understanding the calls for
Black reparations from the Japanese American experience with redress. While their experiences have differed in kind, the AAPI
and Black communities have shared histories of racial discrimination that have dehumanized racial, religious, and other
minorities and immigrants throughout this country’s history. In addition, the AAPI community has beneﬁted enormously from
the Black community’s courageous ﬁghts for equality and access.
How can the AAPI legal community use this shared history and our own unique lived-experiences to uplift the humanity of Black
people in America and contribute to the national dialogue on racial justice in the wake of the 2020 protests for Black Lives? One
way this panel will explore this question is by looking at what Black reparations means today and how the Japanese American
experience with reparations from the wartime incarceration camps can help better inform our understanding of reparations and
the AAPI’s role in allyship with communities of color.
The ﬁrst 500 registered attendees will receive a free screening of the documentary ﬁlm, And Then They Came For Us
(2017), to watch prior to the panel.