Colonialism, Imperialism, and Migration


  • Explore our experiences with colonialism, imperialism, and migration.
  • Learn about migration as an outcome of white supremacy, and the connections that exist across race and ethnicity in the structures of colonialism and imperialism.
  • Consider how Asian American movement building can help to dismantle colonialism and imperialism.

Key Concepts: White supremacy, race, Orientalism, settler colonialism, imperialism, war/militarism, migration. Assumes participation in prior workshop: Making Race and Blackness in America.

*This is an excerpt from the Asian American Racial Justice Toolkit. The toolkit represents the work and thinking of 15 grassroots organizations with Asian American bases living in the most precarious margins of power and their experiences with criminalization, deportation, homophobia, xenophobia and Islamo-racism, war, gender violence, poverty, and worker exploitation.  By highlighting the role of people’s resistance both past and present, the toolkit seeks to build hope and a commitment to political struggle.

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