Jeung wins Healthy Neighborhoods Pillar Leadership Award

September 25, 2023
Photo of Russell Jeung
Photo Credit: Photo by Malcolm Wallace/East Bay Asian Local Development Corp. 

Asian American Studies Professor Russell Jeung received a Healthy Neighborhoods Pillar Leadership award from the East Bay Asian Local Development Corp. on Sept. 7. Jeung was honored for his work as a co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate and advocacy for immigrant renters. In the 1990s he organized neighbors — largely Lao and Cambodian refugees — at an apartment building in Oakland to win a lawsuit against the landlord and helped shepherd the eventual sale and rehab of the property. 

Jeung’s other recent activities: 

  • He joined the Aspen Institute’s Racial Justice and Religion Collective and will travel to Alabama in October to work on racial justice initiatives. 
  • Jeung was a guest on “Disrupted” on Connecticut Public Radio on Sept. 13 for a discussion on the long history of Chinese American exclusion and resistance. 
  • On Sept. 27, Jeung will present on a virtual panel titled “Organizing for Climate Action: The Opportunities for U.S.-China Cooperation” with U.S. Rep. Jamaal Bowman and other opinion leaders.