This program will be held virtually on the Zoom platform; please register for link. This program will not be recorded.
When people are faced with stressors beyond their capacity to successfully overcome, we can experience myriad physical, emotional, and cognitive reactions. Some effects are short-lived while others can have a lasting impact on how we perceive and interact with the world around us. The effects of racialized trauma impact our physical and mental well-being. Ultimately, trauma robs us of our most basic human need – safety.
Racialized trauma can be intergenerational. We can participate in either proactively partnering with our children or passively existing alongside them as they navigate their racist world alone. The former is our only chance at repairing the effects of hate and the latter is to repeat its legacy in another generation. Intergenerational trauma is perpetuated by the loss of conditions that are necessary for healing to be supported. But how do we begin to provide these conditions?
This conversation will help us think about how Asian Americans and other racial groups experience racism both covertly and explicitly.
Jessica C. Kim is a licensed clinical social worker, mental health advocate, and current PhD candidate in social welfare at the University of Pennsylvania. She serves on the boards of Make Us Visible NJ, Mustard Seed Generation and Asian American Alliance in South Jersey. Kim joined allies statewide to fight for the successful legislation of AAPI curricula in New Jersey and looks forward to its implementation.
Presented in partnership with Not In Our Town Princeton.