CSU communications professor Eric Aoki in the A/PACC office

CSU communications professor Eric Aoki discussed  intersectionality to students at a recent A/PACC TEA Time, explaining  people read each other on the basis of numerous variables, which creates a “web of complexity.”

He said it is therefore dangerous to believe one variable is responsible for discrimination, explaining that identities such as class, race, gender and sexual orientation interact and compound each other.

Eric, who is of Mexican and Japanese descent and is queer-identified, says intersectionality  “adds flavor to the way we view identities.”  He explained that his Mexican and Japanese identities are adjectives to his American noun, adding that he shouldn’t have to choose between them.

Eric stated, “I am Mexican American and I am Japanese American, not half and half. I am 100% both.”

At 43 years old, Eric said he is beginning to tire from advocacy efforts and is depending on the upcoming generation to take up the torch for equality.

To achieve progress, Eric said ways of living need to be more multi-sectional, meaning people should learn more than 1 language, live within more than one culture and get to know different people instead of shying away from the unfamiliar.

In order to move away from racism, sexism, ableism and ageism, Eric said “We must learn to sing a common song, even if with different beats.”

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What are your experiences on intersectionality??

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2 Responses to Intersectionality

  1. KWB says:

    I always enjoyed listening to Eric’s talk. He is always so knowledgeable and inspiring. I totally understand about living intersectionality in life. I am also very proud of him being an open gay professor on campus — he is a role model for all. I am also proud to be an ally to that community and be a voice for others.

    • csuapacc says:

      We agree that Eric is a role model advocate for equality and found his talk inspiring as well! It’s cool how he meets discrimination and prejudice head-on without anger by gently pointing out to people how their comments or discriminatory behavior make him feel stereotyped and uncomfortable.

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