Post Date: March 12, 2004

On March 12 and 13, the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association at Harvard Law School and the Asian American Policy Review at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government will be hosting the 10th Annual National Asian Pacific American Conference on Law & Public Policy. The conference, entitled “Border Crossings: Globalizing the Asian Pacific American Movement for the 21st Century,” will feature the presentation of the inaugural Yuri Kochiyama Award for Social Justice to life-long human rights activist Yuri Kochiyama, who will also give the keynote address.

In addition to Kochiyama, other honorary and keynote speakers will include U.S. Attorney Debra Yang, Yale Law School Professor Amy Chua, and Executive Director Karen Narasaki of the National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium.

The plenary panel, entitled “Asian Pacific American Activism In Times Of War,” will include Kareem W. Shora, legal advisor to the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee; Dr. Peter Nien-chu Kiang, professor of education and director of the Asian American Studies Program at University of Massachusetts; and Hamid Khan, founder and executive director of the South Asian Network.

Other panel discussions will tackle diverse topics including national security and immigration, affirmative action, the role of Asian Pacific Americans in politics and the effects of war and forced migration on Southeast Asian refugee youth.

For more information about the conference, including locations and schedule, please visit