“When You See a Wrong, Speak Up.” 2017 Korematsu Day Dinner Panel

Jan. 30, Monday 5 PM
South Hall 1225
  • Asha Noor: coordinator of ACCESS’ Take on Hate Campaign, MI
  • Roland Hwang: former Chair to the State Advisory Commission to US Commission on Civil Rights;
  • Ron Aramaki: witness to the JACL’s move for redress and reparations in the 1970s;
  • Mary Kamidoi: former internee at Rohwer internment camp in Arkansas;
  • Frances Kai-Hwa Wang: writer for NBC Asian America
Fred Korematsu was one of the many Japanese American citizens living on the West Coast of the United States at the onset of World War II. Shortly after the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, authorizing the Secretary of War and his military commanders to remove all individuals of Japanese ancestry from designated “military areas” and place them in internment camps in what is now known as the Japanese American internment. When such orders were issued for the West Coast, Korematsu instead became a fugitive. The legality of the internment order was upheld by the United States Supreme Court in Korematsu v. United States, but Korematsu‘s conviction was overturned decades later after the disclosure of new evidence challenging the necessity of the internment, evidence which had been withheld from the courts by the U.S. government during the war.

To commemorate his journey as a civil rights activist, the “Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution” was observed for the first time on January 30, 2011, by the state of California, and first such commemoration for an Asian American in the US.

At this event co-hosted by APALSA and MLSA, panelists will give a presentation on this rebellious journey of Fred Korematsu and the legacy he left behind.

APALSA 1L Job Roundtable!

Don’t forget – today from 12-1 PM – 1L Job Info Round Table.  1Ls, bring your cover letters/resumes, and we’ll review them!
2L/3Ls: please come help answer questions! I know a lot of 1Ls would love your advice. You don’t even have to stay for the whole time!
Belly Deli will be served. :3

Race and Voting Rights

Thanks to everyone who attended our voting right panel discussion. We would like to extend a special thank you to our panelists and co-sponsors: MELP, NLG, ACLU, MJRL, ACS ,MLSA , LLSA!


And we would like to thank panelists Professor Ellen KatzAndy Kang (Asian Americans Advancing Justice), and Aamina Ahmed (APIA Vote) for leading such inspiring discussion. 

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 APALSA 1L Rep and Culture Chair!

APALSA is proud to present the 2016-2017 
1L Rep 
Hinh Tran
Hinh Tran is a 1L hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area and is the son of Vietnamese refugees who came to the United States in the aftermath of the Vietnam War. During an undergrad internship sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies, he became interested in fighting for greater APA representation in the political arena and the legal field. After graduation, he worked at a tech company where he co-founded the Asians@ employee resource group, in part to help educate company leadership about the Bamboo Ceiling. As a 1L Rep, I hope to highlight these issues and to help build greater solidarity amongst APALSA’s members. I also promise to seek out and identify for APALSA the best source of pho, bun rieu, and bun bo hue, the holy trinity of Vietnamese noodle soups
Culture Chair
Xiangyu Ouyang
 Xiangyu is a 1L from China who loves different cultures and…food. During undergraduate years, he organized student activities and was an excellent team member in the school debate team.