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Document Type

Open Access Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Environmental Analysis

Second Department


Reader 1

Azamat Junisbai

Reader 2

Brinda Sarathy

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2020 Emily M Ng


Communities of color are disproportionately exposed to toxins and pollution. The environmental justice movement addresses the greater health and environmental risks experienced by minority groups. Although Asian Americans are the fastest growing population in the United States, there is little known about their involvement in the movement. In this thesis, I further observe Asian American involvement in the United States environmental justice movement. By analyzing community case studies, I identify Asian American-specific mobilization challenges and strategies. Interviews with prominent Asian American environmental justice activists reveal activism and collective identity are connected, but vary greatly according to individualized Asian American experiences. Results show Asian Americans stereotypes, as the civically disengaged model minority, are inaccurate and outdated. Asian Americans are currently active in the movement for environmental justice and will continue to become increasingly active as they become more aware of issues in their respective communities.