AAS 3920: Perspectives on Asian American and Black Relations

Thursdays, 5:00PM-7:30PM (spring 2023)

AAS 3920 will analyze basic concepts and theories about race and race relations based on Black and Asian American historical and contemporary moments to identify, examine, and imagine models of cross-cultural relationships between Black and Asian American communities. We will survey historical, contemporary, and current events and examine the roots of anti-Asian American and Anti-Black racism and the tensions in between. Selected African American and Asian American practitioners in arts and culture, community organizing, and social justice work will be invited to engage with the class throughout the semester.


AAS 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.