MLK Day Lecture to focus on legacy of racism in America

Lara Bazelon and Jason Riley to discuss systemic racism Jan. 18

January 11, 2022

What do we mean when we use the term “systemic racism," and how does it differ from individual prejudice and legal discrimination? Do we oversimplify societal challenges by attributing all inequities to racism? 

This will be the topic of the conversation between Lara Bazelon and Jason Riley during the 2022 annual MLK Day Lecture, co-sponsored by the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership and by the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. The lecture will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, in the Memorial Union (Ventana Room) on Arizona State University's Tempe campus. Lara Bazelon and Jason Riley will discuss systemic racism in an MLK lecture at ASU on Tuesday, Jan. 18. Download Full Image

Bazelon is a professor of law and the director of the Criminal and Juvenile Justice and the Racial Justice clinical programs at the University of San Francisco School of Law. Riley is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a Wall Street Journal opinion columnist.

This event is also the second lecture in the "Can We Talk Honestly About Race" series and part of the Civic Discourse Project (2021-2022): Renewing America’s Civic Compact.

The event is open to the public, and light refreshments will be served. Registration is available here

Marcia Paterman Brookey

Manager, marketing and communications, School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership


Onigiri workshop returns to teach Japanese culture to ASU students

January 11, 2022

For the second consecutive year, the nonprofit organization Table for Two visited Arizona State University and hosted a workshop focused on making a Japanese staple food, onigiri (rice balls), and promoting awareness of global food imbalances, hunger and health issues.

The workshop, called Onigiri Action, was organized and hosted by ASU Japanese Lecturer Kumiko Hirano Gahan and involved over 25 ASU students of Japanese language and culture, who gathered on the Tempe campus late last semester to learn about social issues and make some tasty food.   Oniguiri The ASU students made onigiri (Japanese rice balls). Download Full Image

According to Mayumi Uejima-Carr, president of Table for Two USA, Table for Two is a nonprofit organization that focuses on food education and providing meals to children around the world.

The program Onigiri Action meets five of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which include eliminating poverty and hunger, improving education and reducing inequality. For World Food Day, Table for Two hosted a variety of events to promote these issues throughout the month. For example, for every creative piece of onigiri posted on social media with the hashtag #OnigiriAction, the organization donated five meals to children in need.

This workshop taught the participants about making informed decisions about nutrition and how to make healthy foods quickly and easily. Onigiri, the focus of the workshop, are Japanese balls made with rice, seaweed and a variety of fillings ranging from tuna and mayonnaise to pickled plum (umeboshi).

“We chose onigiri as the symbol of the campaign because it’s the symbol of love and care in Japan," Gahan said. "Onigiri is something you can make with your own hands and many Japanese people have memories around making onigiri. (It's) very comforting and warm-feeling food. Onigiri is one of Japan’s oldest foods, so it’s deeply rooted in the history of Japan’s food culture. Rice is available in almost any country so onigiri is something anyone can easily make.” 

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Uejima-Carr and Table for Two USA are also excited to see other Arizona universities, community colleges and high schools participate in such activities.

“Many schools and classes learning about Japanese culture do this Onigiri Action as part of their classroom activities," Uejima-Carr said. "They learn about Japanese food and language and take action.”

Table for Two also gets involved in community service projects with the students.

Written by Marina Holder and Ameya Kulkarni, interns at the Center For Asian Research.

Enrique Martin-Bonneville

Communications specialist , School of International Letters and Cultures