Oral history project documents Asian history at the University of Iowa

Some 800 miles away from where eight people, six of them Asian women, were killed in spas in the Atlanta, Georgia, area on March 16, 2021, Jin Chang observed the statements of solidarity coming from the University of Iowa regarding anti-Asian hate.

There was an open letter addressed to the university community published on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion webpage the next day. There was a statement on the Carver College of Medicine’s website.

Chang, who uses they/them pronouns, is a doctorate student at the university.

They appreciated those sentiments, Chang told the Press-Citizen.

Yet it seemed at contrast with the one folder in the archives relevant to Asians and Asian Americans at the university at the time. Chang would soon discover that one folder had only one sheet of paper inside.