Brand New Race Files

Dear Readers,

Race Files started as an experiment. During the media blitz that followed the breakthrough performance of former New York Nicks basketball player, Jeremy Lin, I found myself mumbling under my breath about the exclusion of progressive Asian American voices in media and the almost complete absence of useful racial dialogue, particularly concerning Asian Americans. Soon, writing took the place of all that frustrated mumbling and Race Files was born, my small contribution to the discussion of race in the U.S. that I thought would be read by, at most, a few hundred friends and colleagues.

That was a year and a half ago. Thanks to important early support from friends at Racialicious, GritTV, The Root, and Dominion of New York to name just a few, we quickly built a loyal audience. We (I don’t mean the royal “we” here, I mean we at ChangeLab, the publisher of Race Files) have been republished in academic journals and featured by our friends in the Asian advocacy press and progressive and mainstream media in the U.S. and around the world. It’s been a surprising, fun, inspiring experience. Those of you who’ve blogged about us, re-posted us, tweeted us, criticized us, corrected us, told us off, printed out our articles and passed them on to friends and colleagues who lack internet access (really), and, most of all, read our posts and subscribed to Race Files have been the best part of this experience. You’ve created a community around us.

This weekend, ChangeLab, the racial justice laboratory that brought you the original Race Files, is launching a new website, We’ll post from the site when it’s live so you can find us, and we’ll bring all of our old subscribers along for the ride. If you haven’t already subscribed, doing so now will make the transition smoother.

Starting on Sunday evening, if you try to read Race Files on, you may be forwarded to our new site at By Monday morning, we should be up and up and running in our nifty new digs.

The new Race Files site will feature more writers and more content, including book reviews and, eventually, audio podcasts, news links, maybe even a vlog or two, as well as other resources to help you stay on top of the same old racial justice analysis from the bottom-up that we’ve been offering, but from more points of view and via a wider variety of media. The new features won’t all be there at first, but they will appear over the next few weeks and months so keep checking back to see what’s new.

Meanwhile, will continue to provide you with updates about ChangeLab and access to research and other resources.

And, do keep in mind, this is an ever-evolving project. If you have suggestions or are interested in becoming a contributor to Race Files, let us know. The new site will show you how.

Your friends at ChangeLab,

Scot and the Race Files Team: Soya, Yong Chan, and Jon

By Scot Nakagawa

Scot is a community organizer, activist, cultural worker, and political writer. He has spent the last four decades exploring questions of racial injustice and racial formation and effective forms of resistance and strategies for change through community campaigns, cultural organizing, popular education, writing, and direct political advocacy.

Scot’s primary work has been in the fight against vigilante white supremacist groups, white nationalism, Nativism, and authoritarian evangelical political movements. In this work, he has served as a strategist, organizer, and social movement analyst. Scot is a past Alston/Bannerman Fellow and the Association of Asian American Studies 2017 Community Leader. He is busy at work on a number of projects, including writing a playbook for anti-fascists, and a primer on race and power. His writings have been included in Race, Gender, and Class in the United States: An Integrated Study, 9th Edition; Killing Trayvons: An Anthology of American Violence; and Eyes Right!: Challenging the Right Wing Backlash.