Asian Americans and Environmental Justice

Thursday, November 14th | 6:00-8:00 PM
JASC 4427 N Clark St.

Free workshop!

The JASC Legacy Center Presents A “Memories of Now” (MON) Seminar Series Presentation

Co-sponsored by the Chicago Japanese American Historical Society (CJAHS) and JACL Chicago.

Featured Speaker: Andrea “Chuey” Chu, Chicago Asian Americans for Environmental Justice

The environmental movement in the US can be overwhelmingly white, inaccessible, and alienating. It can also seem unrelated to Asian American struggles, but in fact environmental issues are of great consequence to Asians and Asian Americans, particularly climate change. Asia is projected to be more impacted by climate change than other areas of the globe, and people of color here in the states are also often most affected by sea level rise and other changes. This workshop investigates environmental justice through the lens of the Asian American experience, discusses a few historical cases, and explores why Asian Americans are intricately tied to issues of environmental justice. Environmental justice can be deeply connected to our identities; we must reframe the narrative.

Photograph of Andrea "Chuey" Chu

Andrea “Chuey” Chu

This presentation will be led by Andrea “Chuey” Chu, who organizes with Chicago Asian Americans for Environmental Justice, Asian Americans Advancing Justice and Asian American Midwest Progressives, and is involved in the broader Taiwanese American community. She holds a BS in environmental science and a MS in environmental planning and management, and currently is a regional organizer with Food & Water Watch.

Chicago Asian Americans for Environmental Justice (CAAEJ) is a group of Asian Americans mobilizing on environmental justice issues in the greater Chicagoland area. CAAEJ works to elevate how environmental issues impact Asian Americans, and stands in solidarity with other communities of color.

Light refreshments will be provided, and location is wheelchair accessible. 

Event and Parking are Free.

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773-275-0097, ext. 222 or at

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