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Immigration History Research Center Presents

Afro-Asian Enchantment

6/9/20, 7:00 PM

About this event

Join a conversation between Emma Sapong, an award-winning Liberian American journalist and writer, and Yuichiro Onishi. The IHRC is collaborating with the East Side Freedom Library (ESFL). This conversation will be posted on ESFL’s Facebook page on June 9, 2020 at 7:00pm. Mark your calendar and save the following link to join this forum: https://z.umn.edu/AfroAsia. It will be archived on the ESFL YouTube channel as well. 

We will focus on Emma Sapong’s MPR enterprise story that she published in October 2016. It is a tale of African immigrants and Hmong farmers finding each other at the Minneapolis Farmers Market. This story elicits an ethos that may help us cultivate the necessary faculty to respond to the current crisis caused by COVID-19. It amplifies, in particular, the importance of mutual aid. The story invites us to locate a wellspring for reciprocity, a certain kind of grounding in ordinary everyday lives that can be best described as Afro-Asian enchantment. 

Emma Sapong and Yuichiro Onishi will explore the making of this story, how she came to it and what she observed, as well as her writerly journey in her decades-long career. 

To read the story, click here

**Please note that the UMN events calendar will be under construction beginning June 1 for an unknown and extended period of time. To access the information about this event after June 1, please visit and save the eventbrite listing for reference.
Event Location
  • Virtual via Zoom
  • Minneapolis MN
  • USA - United States