Here is a Video of a Talk that I gave in November 2014 at the University of Victoria


  • Keynote, Environmental Humanities Laboratory (Stockholm, Sweden), September 2017



  • Keynote Speaker, “Equality in the Air We Breathe: Police Violence, Pollution, and the Politics of Sustainability,” Yale School of Forestry and American Studies, March 2017
  • Invited Speaker, “Towards a Just Transition:  Climate Justice, Urban Development and Community Resilience,” Urban Environmental Justice in the Anthropocene University of Washington, November 2016
  • Keynote Speaker, “Violence and Environmental Racism,” Toxic Borders and Bondages: Intersecting Ecology with Capitalism, Racism, and (Dis)possessions, University of Michigan Graduate Student Conference, October 2016.
  • Invited Speaker, “Climate Justice in an Age of Ecological Insecurity,” Sites of Security and Insecurity, University of Colorado- Boulder, April 2016
  • Keynote Speaker, “Climate Justice in the Anthropocene: Views from the Pacific Rim,” Luce Foundation Speaker of Asia and the Environment, Dickinson College, April 2016
  • Keynote Speaker, American Studies Research Cluster, Arizona State University, March 2016
  • Invited Speaker, “In/secure Environments and Climate Justice,” Creating New Fields: Expanding Environmental Justice and Climate Justice Studies, UCSB Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, Feb. 2016
  • Keynote Speaker, Democratizing the Green City, A Global Research Initiative, New York University, January 2016
  • Invited Speaker, “Fantasy Islands” Book Talk, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, UC Berkeley, November 2015
  • Keynote Speaker, “Comparative Urban Environmentalisms: Space, Time and Scale,” Urban Ethics in 20th and 21st Century Cities, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, July 2015
  • Keynote Speaker, “Environmental Justice, Visibility and Recognition in the Anthropocene: Re-thinking Race in the Anthropocene,” University of Oregon, May 2015
  • Invited Conference Plenary Speaker, “Working Transnationally,” Association of Asian American Studies, April 2015
  • Invited Speaker, “Environmental Justice/ Anthropocene Narratives: Recognition and Representation,” George Washington University, April 2015
  • Invited Speaker, “Environmental Justice and Urban Politics,” City Talks Series, University of Victoria, November 2014


  • Keynote Speaker, “Environmental Justice and Environmental Humanities in the Anthropocene,” America After Nature: Democracy, Culture, Environment, German Association of American Studies, University of Wurzburg, June 2014
  • Keynote Speaker, Crossing Borders Conference on Space, Place and the Environment, Davis Center at Williams College, April 2014
  • Invited Speaker, “Situating Sustainability in Shanghai: Global Flows, Urban Transformations,” York University (Canada), March 2014.
  • Steering Committee, the Consortium for Humanities Centers and Institutes “Networking the Global Humanities: Humanities for the Environment,” 2013-2015. Attended workshops in November 2014, February 2014, November 2013 and June 2013.
  • Workshop Participant and Speaker, “Reframing Accessibility and Spatial Justice: Racial and Public Health Lenses,” University of Montreal, Workshop on Spatial Justice, May 2013
  • Workshop Participant and Speaker, CUNY Center for Urban Environmental Reform Workshop on Regulating the Urban Environment, City University of New York, June 2012
  • Invited Speaker, “Problems, Promise, Progress, and Perils: Critical Reflections on Environmental Justice Movements and Policy Reform in California,”  École des Hautes études en Sciences Sociales (School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, the leading social science research institute in France) August 2012
  • Workshop Participant and Speaker, “It’s a Green World After All?  Marketing Nature and Nation in a Transnational Suburban World,” Technics and Art: Architecture, Cities and History After Mumford workshop, sponsored by the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture, Columbia University, April 2012
  • Keynote Speaker, “Defining Environmental Justice and Crossing Borders,” Comstock Invited Lecture at Minnesota State University at Moorhead, March 2012
  • Workshop Participant and Speaker, “Constructing Ideologies and Valuing Nature in Two Eco-Cities,” Berkeley Environmental Politics Workshop, UC Berkeley, March 2012.
  • Invited Speaker, “Situating Sustainability Discourse in Shanghai,” Urban Studies Research Cluster, UC Santa Cruz, February 2012
  • “A Village Called Versailles” — Film Screening And Talk With Leo Chiang (filmmaker) at NYU, November 2011
  • Science, Ethics and Justice: Reconsiderations and New Directions (National Science Foundation Workshop), SF State, April 2011
  • Workshop Participant and Speaker, “How to Think Environmental Justice and Geography Differently,” Geography Group on Gender and Difference. UC Berkeley, March 2011.
  • Invited Speaker, “Gendering Environmental Justice,” Oberlin College, March 2011.
  • Invited Speaker, “Situating Sustainability in Shanghai: Global Flows, Urban Transformations,” Brown University, February 2011.
  • Invited Speaker, “Flows, Fears and Fantasies in an Urban and Warming World,” The Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, January 2011.
  • Keynote Speaker, “Realizing the Eco-City, Contextualizing the Eco-City”, NYU-Abu Dhabi, November 2010.
  • Invited Speaker, “Dreaming and Greening Shanghai,” NYU-Shanghai/ East China Normal University, October 2010.
  • Invited Speaker, “Environmental Justice Project,” Abriendo Brecha, University of Texas at Austin, February 2010.
  • Invited Speaker, Creating a Chinese Eco-City, Situating Sustainability: Urban Ecology and the Problem of Context” New York University, December 2009.
  • Invited Speaker, “Beyond the Metropole: Stories from the Field: Environmental Justice and the Humanities,” Obermann Humanities Symposium, Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, University of Iowa, October 2009.
  • UC Humanities Research Institute Seminar in Experimental Critical Theory Participant “Designing China” held at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, 2009.
  • Contesting Discourse of Scale: Environmental Justice and Global Climate Change, Beyond Environmentalism: Culture, Justice, and Global Ecology, UC Santa Barbara, May 2009.
  • Keynote Speaker, “Environmental Justice and Environmental Studies,” Hamilton College, March 2009.
  • Problems, Promise, Progress, and Perils: Critical Reflections on Environmental Justice and Climate Change Policy Implementation in California (AB 32), Advancing Climate Justice: Transforming the Economy, Public Health and Our Environment. West Harlem Environmental Action, Fordham University, National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, Centers for Disease Control and New York University, January 2009.
  • Invited Speaker, “Engaging Communities and Environmental Justice Research: New York City and California’s Central Valley,” Institute for the Study of Social Change, UC Berkeley, November 2008.
  • China and the Environment (Moderator), Asian American International Film Festival, New Landscapes: Media and its Adaptations Panel, Asia Society, New York, July 2008.
  • Invited Speaker, “Environmental Justice and Environmental Humanities at the Crossroads,” Portland Center for the Public Humanities, Portland State University, May 2008.
  • Environmental Justice Activism and Art, Vapor Symposium on Art, Architecture and Design: Responses to Climate Change and Greenhouse Gases. California College of the Arts & Southern Exposure. San Francisco, CA, April 2008.
  • Workshop and Speaker, “Placing Power, Knowledge, and Environmental Justice in the Central Valley,” Place, Politics and Social Movements Panel, Critical Issues in Race, Place and Power, UC Santa Barbara, April 2008.
  • California at the Crossroads—Environmental Justice and Climate Change, Health at the Nexus: Climate Change, Land Use, Sustainability & Public Health; California Public Health Association-North Annual Meeting, UC Davis, March 2008.
  • Environmental Justice and Climate Change at the Crossroads, Urban Climate Change at the Crossroads Conference, Earth Institute Urban Design Lab- New York City, Columbia University, Camera Di Commercio (Rome, Chamber of Commerce) and the Adriano Olivetti Foundation-Rome, February 2008.
  • Invited Speaker, “Environmental Justice in the Central Valley: Lessons from Noxious New York,” John Muir Institute for the Environment, U.C. Davis, May 2007.
  • Invited Speaker, “Noxious New York Book Talk,” Asian Pacific American Studies Institute, New York University, April 2007.
  • Invited Speaker, “Environmental Justice for All: Gender and Race in the Contexts of Politics and the Natural Environment,” Sacramento City College, April 2007.
  • Invited Speaker, “Noxious New York: Community Planning and Environmental Justice-Center for Community Planning & Development,” Hunter College (New York), March 2006.
  • Workshop and Speaker, “Framing Environmental Justice and Katrina: Historical, Cultural and Policy Contexts,” As The Flood Waters Recede: The Injustice Exposed by Hurricane Katrina. Boalt Hall Environmental Law Society and the Berkeley Journal of African-American Law and Policy, University of California at Berkeley, March 2006.
  • Invited Speaker, “Race, Gender and Environmental Justice: Border Wars Over Synthetic Estrogens,” Consortium for Women and Research, University of California at Davis, January 2006.
  • The Soul of Environmentalism: Rediscovering Transformational Politics in the 21st Century (National Release Event and Panel Discussion)- Redefining Progress, San Francisco, May 2005.
  • The Environmental Justice Movement: California in National Contexts-Social Movements in California and the United States, California Cultures in Comparative Perspective Symposium, University of California at San Diego, May 2005.
  • Invited Speaker, “The Promise and the Peril: Health Disparities Research and Environmental Justice Activism in the United States,” Social Justice Movements in the U.S.: Appraising the Past, Unlocking the Future, Institute for the Study of Social Change and the Boalt Law School Center for Social Justice. University of California at Berkeley, April 2005.
  • Invited Speaker, “Hidden Histories? On Asian American and Urban Health-Based Activism,” Transforming Our Communities: An Inclusive Approach to Environmental Justice Symposium, Boalt Hall, Environmental Law Society, University of California at Berkeley, March 2005.
  • Invited Speaker, “Environmental Justice in a Moment of Danger,” Colloquium Series in Anthropology and Asian American Studies, Cornell University (New York), November 2004.
  • The State of the States: Environmental Justice Programs and Policy-Environmental Justice Second Generation Exploration, Invited Paper and Presentation at the Ford Foundation (New York), October 2004.
  • Invited Speaker, “Power to the People!: Conceptualizing the Local-Global Impact of Environmental Justice Energy Activism,” Just Climate? Pursuing Environmental Justice in the Face of Global Climate Change, University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources. March 2004.
  • Invited Speaker, “Noxious New York: The Racial Politics of Place, Power and Waste,” Provost’s Lecture Series on Race, Poverty and Environmental Justice, Center for the Study of Race & Ethnicity in America, Brown University, April 2003.
  • Invited Speaker, “From the World Trade Center to Asthma Activism: Disasters and Urban Air Pollution,” Williams College, May 2003.
  • “Asian American Feminism and Environmental Justice,” Invited Presentations at Columbia University (May 1998), New York University (April 1998), and Mount Holyoke College (December 1998).
  • Transportation and Environmental Justice in New York City-NAACP Legal Defense Fund Conference, March 1996.
  • Invited Speaker, “Environmental Justice and Communities of Color in New York City,” Columbia University Center for Research and Conservation Conference, December 1995.

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