25 Asian Am. L.J. 1 (2018)

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Editors' Note


       The Asian American Law Journal honors its twenty-fifth volume with
increased emphasis on diversity, solidarity, and inclusion and the reminder
that progress requires constant vigilance.

     We began our academic year under the shadow of two different, yet
related, crises. The first was the horror and tragedy of the Unite the Right
rally in Charlottesville on August 11 and 12, 2017. That weekend, while
hundreds of people gathered to protest the removal of a statue of Robert E.
Lee and assert their ideology of white supremacy, an act of terrorism killed
Heather Heyer and injured twenty-eight other peaceful counterprotestors.
White supremacist protests then recurred in Berkeley for months. The second
was the shocking discovery that our law school--known affectionately as
Boalt Hall to generations of alumni, faculty, and staff--was named for a
virulent racist who wrote openly about the desirability of exterminating
Chinese people. In reaction to these crises, this volume's scholarship,
symposium, and membership activities seek to contribute to national and
local conversations about the effect of white supremacy on racial justice and
representation today.

     In Anti-Chinese Racism at Berkeley: The Case for Renaming Boalt
Hall, Professor Charles P. Reichmann examines our school's connection to
John Boalt, whose recently rediscovered anti-Chinese beliefs directly
influenced the passing of the Chinese Exclusion Act. Professor Reichmann's
discovery has triggered dialogue between our students, faculty, and alumni
over what obligations we have, if any, towards the name Boalt, a debate
enveloping institutions across the country that bearthe legacies of racist men.

     In light of the litigation around President Donald Trump's evolving
Muslim bans, Zoha Khan's Islam and the United States Supreme Court:
Problems of History, Otherness, and Legal Recognition provides a critical
history of the Supreme Court's references to Islam and Muslim people. Ms.
Khan's meticulous database and analysis shows how the Court has
consistently ignored and othered Muslims, despite the presence and
contribution of Muslims in America since colonial times.

     Representation in media has continued to be a heated topic for AAPIs,
and former AALJ Editor-in-Chief Jon Tanaka's piece, Promoting Asian
American Representation Through Copyright: Moral Rights in The Last

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