The Wikipedia encyclopedia has a section on black history, and this week, it’s about how white Americans have influenced Asian American history.
The section, which has been around for more than a decade, was written by a member of the Wikimedia Foundation, a nonprofit group that works to improve Wikipedia’s content, and aims to promote “the study and dissemination of Asian American and Pacific Islander history and culture in the United States and around the world.”
As with other Wikipedia pages on Asian American culture, this one focuses on the history of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), which was founded by the Japanese American community in 1925 and established a school for Asian Americans.UNCF was created in the wake of World War II to educate Japanese Americans about American culture.
But it wasn’t until the 1960s that the organization expanded to serve Asian Americans in the form of the Black National Students Organization (BNSA).
In 1964, the BNSA started an Asian American Studies Program at UNCF.
At the time, the program was still run by the UNCF, and there was no Asian American faculty, although the university has since added a few.
According to the Wikipedia article, this was due to “unclear policies and funding,” but it was not until the 1970s that UNCF and BNSAA began collaborating on an Asian Studies program at UNC.
This is where the controversy comes in.
The BNSAs current president, Ken Chin, was recently named chair of the UNC Black History Department.
This was controversial, because Chin was a former professor at UNCC, which is where Chin teaches, and he’s also a member, in the UNCC administration, of the Asian American Women’s Studies Association.
According of the BNA, Chin was also a director of the Women’s Leadership Institute, a black studies program at UNC.
So, if Chin is a former UNCC professor, why would he be included on the Wikipedia page on Asian Americans?
According to a BNA article, Chin told The Chronicle of Higher Education that the decision to include Chin on the page was “due to the legacy of [his] involvement in the Black Leadership Institute.”
Chin told the newspaper that he “is proud to be part of the history at UNAC that includes his legacy of service to the Black community, and I’m proud to have been included in this history.”
He added, “I’ve always been open about my history and I’ve always stood up for the Black students and the Asian students and all people of color.”
This isn’t the first time that Wikipedia has had a controversy with this issue.
In February, Wikipedia’s editors voted to include an image of a man who has “a history of anti-blackness and racism” on a page that includes images of anti-black and anti-Semitic images.
The image had been removed from Wikipedia for a week, after complaints from a user who said it was racist.