Nadia Kim, Professor of Asian and Asian American Studies, Loyola Marymount University, discusses the unique hardships that communities of color face from the environmental crisis. In our global cities today, immigrants of color and their children are increasingly suffering hyper-pollution and alarming rates of asthma and cancer (and covid-19) due to their residence near diesel-spewing shipping ports, freeways, and rail yards, and near the oil industry that props them up -- all of this to ensure a constant flow of consumer goods from China to LA (i.e., not just the City of Hollywood but the City of Oil) and to the rest of the nation. To chronicle how Asian and Latina immigrant women have led resistance movements against such environmental injustice -- among the most dynamic efforts for social change in our global cities -- Kim examines how the activists redefine racism, classism, and the meaning of citizenship as a cornerstone of their politics. They do so by deeming the neoliberal nativist racist state as a system of physical and emotional violence and neglect, thereby responding with a politics that centers an ethics of care for each other's physical and emotional needs.

 

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