Collective Memory, Public History, and Business Ethics

Building Cross-Racial Solidarity in the San Francisco Bay Area and Beyond


The COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed various racism, hate, xenophobia, and scapegoating, which has torn communities apart and has created anxieties and stress in workplaces in the U.S. and other parts of the world. Black Lives Matter, or rather, new Civil Rights Movement, and Stop Asian Hate in America epitomize the fights for social justice. Such radical social movements are not only American phenomenon; it is indeed part of a wider movement around the world. Globally, right-wing populism has efficiently used nationalist definitions of history to seek to silence opposition and to build walls among peoples, in Brazil, Australia, Japan, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Colombia, New Zealand, Italy, Russian, to name but a few.   


This global issue has created an unprecedented moment to reflect upon how and why history is used, reinterpreted, contested, and commemorated in the public, and the implication for future corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices and public policies. It is also a critical moment of opportunity for building cross-racial and cross-national bridges and solidarity and dispel myths and misconceptions. Increasingly, we are confronting a more demanding public that yearns for a deeper understanding of the past, and a continuing public appetite for challenging historical products that shows a need for sophisticated understanding of debate and discussion. This forum seeks to respond to such urgent global debates.    


This forum is hosted by the China Business Studies Initiative in the USF School of Management.

Collective Memory, Public History, and Business Ethics