Ethnic Studies Matters. Following a wonderful Intersectionality Matters podcast discussion by Kimberlé Crenshaw, Anthony Cook, Daniel HoSang, Gloria Ladson-Billings, Gary Peller, and Robert A. Williams, I was reminded about how much the work of Ethnic Studies is about matter. Race Matters. Black Lives Matter! There is a reason this phrasing is so often used in critical scholarship and activism. The double-meaning of significance and materiality is important. The work is about much more than just ideas or feelings. Ideas and feelings are important, of course, and they too “matter” through our bodies and communities, and beyond. Yet, a focus on the wider world of matter and mattering remains worthy of our attention and efforts toward kinship and liberations. The changes must matter to our lives, to our ability to live and grow, to the nature and quality of our experiences.

Ethnic Studies asks us to engage the issues of...

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