May 1 2023
Solidarity | The Role of Black and Asian American Women’s Leadership w/ Dr. Yuying Tsong
The Month of May is quite special and for that reason we are offering two episodes. May 1, also called Worker’s Day or International Workers Day, commemorates the struggles and gains made by workers and the labour movement across the globe, observed on May 1 in many countries and in September on the first Monday of that month. Later in the month we will launch Episode SBR 207 on the labor of mothering audacity. Stay tuned!
May also marks the observation of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month. Given the heightened racialization and reckoning we’ve faced recently , I wanted to commune across those lines.
For episode SBR 206, I invited my friend and colleague, Dr. Yuying Tsong with whom I became colleagues and friends through our service leadership for a feminist psychological organization.
Yuying is a psychologist, researcher and educator, but what we will talk about is how she/they bring all these parts of themselves to the role of leader. Currently, an academic leader in a large university system, she/they have also served as president of the Society for the Psychology of Women of the American Psychological Association, as well as has served other roles and launched several initiatives to inspire diverse women’s leadership broadly.
In this conversation, Yuying and I discuss culture, leadership, and mothering as leadership (listen for the set up for episode SBR 207 on Mothering Audacity with Dr. Ifeoma Udoh coming out on …wait for it… Mother’s Day).
Through an ally praxis of truth-telling, we consider how the model minority myth IS white supremacy and allows Asian descent folx to be used as pawns against Black folx and other ethnic groups, including Asian descent who are not experiencing privilege and prosperity as a result of proximity to whiteness. Powerful! In this conversation, Dr. Tsong is teaching, some might even say preaching. And listen out for what she/they call "the slip" and "privilege crumbs."
Tune in as Dr. Tsong and I talk about leadership, leadership among Asian descent women, and the importance of solidarity between Black and Asian women in leadership.
Follow Dr. Yuying Tsong on Instagram @dryuyingtsong.