Eddy Zheng, co-founder of the Asian Prisoner Support Committee, works to raise awareness around the impact of criminalization and deportation on Asian and Pacific Islander communities while exposing the migration-to-school-to-prison-to-deportation pipeline. Convicted at age 16 of a crime, Zheng was imprisoned by the State of California and ICE for 21 years before a diverse coalition mobilized for his freedom and citizenship. An activist for prisoner liberation, Zheng is a Soros Justice Fellow, co-editor of Other: An Asian and Pacific Islander Prisoners’ Anthology, and the subject of the documentary, Breathin’: The Eddy Zheng Story which will be screened during this year’s Roundtable with the filmmaker, Ben Wang.
Breathin’: The Eddy Zheng Story is available through Kanopy.
The speaker was honored with the Ellison S. Onizuka Memorial Award by the National Education Association.