The Liberal (Mis)Recognition of Illegalized Korean American Activists

While Joe Biden made his closing remarks at the Democratic Debate on September 12, 2019, in Houston, several protesters rushed the stage shouting “We are DACA recipients, our lives are at stake!” Their actions disrupted liberal notions of activism and immigrant liberation.

Refusal as Care

It was my second time attending the neighborhood association meeting in the community where I was doing fieldwork. The association president had invited me, saying he thought it would be great if I talked about my project with the attendees and that, perhaps, some people would want to share about their experiences living under food apartheid.