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Chronicle of Higher Education, April 5, 2021
Without Asian American Studies, We Can’t Understand American Racism
As James Kyung-Jin Lee, [associate professor and] a former chair of the Department of Asian American Studies at the University of California at Irvine, recently told me, “I just finished teaching a Korean American studies class, and the overwhelming feeling of my students was not gratitude that UCI offered this class but anger that they didn’t learn this history earlier.”

Los Angeles Times, April 6, 2021
In the pandemic, Asian Americans relish the cozy family ritual of hot pot
In Southern California, the term “hot pot” usually conjures up the Chinese style, with all its regional variations, said UC Irvine history professor Yong Chen, author of the culinary guide “Chop Suey, USA: The Story of Chinese Food in America.” … “Numerous famous and big Chinese hot pot restaurants have opened branches in the United States, becoming a favorite among young people,” Chen said. “Such restaurants have become a popular place to hang out or meet friends.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Atlantic, April 6, 2021
How Will You Remember the Pandemic?
The work of Elizabeth Loftus, [Distinguished Professor of social ecology and law], a cognitive psychologist at UC Irvine, and others has shown that, if we discuss a memory with listeners who remember it differently, we may unconsciously borrow a bit of their local color or scrap of dialogue for our own version.

Popular Science, April 6, 2021
Lightning strikes could double in the Arctic this century, setting the tundra on fire
“We’ve been trying to find out in the Arctic region, where there’s little fire in the region previously, how that will change in the future,” says Yang Chen, who researches climate and wildfire at UC Irvine, and was the lead researcher on the study. “And the only ignition source is lightning strikes.” … “You can actually deliver energy directly from the sun to the soil surface, so you can actually accelerate permafrost thaw,” says James Randerson, [Chancellor’s Professor of Earth system science], an author on the recent paper who studies climate change’s impact on Arctic ecosystems at UC Irvine.

NowThis News, April 1, 2021 (Video)
Sabrina Strings Explains How ‘Fatphobia’ is Rooted in Racism
Sabrina Strings, UCI associate professor of sociology, explains how ‘fatphobia’ is rooted in centuries of racism and how BMI can be very problematic.

Previously “In the News”