AAS 3920: Black-Asian Solidarity and Community

TUE & THUR, 5:00PM-6:15PM (spring 2022)

AAS 3920 explores what true Black-Asian solidarity could look like.  Students will engage in equity-centered activities that focus on history, pop culture, community-building, and personal experiences to unpack Black and Asian community relationships.  Students will also participate in relevant community discussions and events to develop their own practice of solidarity work.

Course activities also include art projects, theater exercises, and storytelling activities to engage and learn from each other. Critical discussions and personal reflection will support students to examine their own understanding of solidarity and social justice issues in BIPOC communities.


marlinaAAS 3920 will be taught by multidisciplinary arts producer-director, Marlina Gonzalez.

Marlina has over two decades of experience using art as a tool for social change. She has conceived and produced numerous international film festivals, multidisciplinary art exhibits and performances for Walker Art Center, Intermedia Arts, The Minneapolis Foundation, and Asian CineVision, among others. She pioneered the Walker Art Center's Women In The Director’s Chair (later called Women With Vision), initiated a Pan Asian Film Showcase, presented prominent filmmakers including Yoko Ono, Tom Hanks, and Spike Lee.

Marlina was a 2021 Artist Fellow for Our Space is Spoken For, a multidisciplinary public art storytelling project, produced by Twin Cities Media Alliance, where BIPOC artists work in teams to adapt and publicly perform BIPOC residents’ stories in the spaces inherent to their stories.