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  • Why the calls for defunding police?

    A. Naomi Paik, a professor of Asian American studies at Illinois, studies policing and prisons as part of her research.

    A. Naomi Paik, a professor of Asian American studies at Illinois, studies policing and prisons as part of her research.

    Photo courtesy the Asian American studies department at Illinois

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  • Editor’s note:  To reach A. Naomi Paik, email anpaik@illinois.edu; Twitter @ANaomiPaik; Facebook @rightlessness.

    Paik is also the author of the 2016 book “Rightlessness: Testimony and Redress in U.S. Prison Camps since World War II” and the 2020 book “Bans, Walls, Raids, Sanctuary: Understanding U.S. Immigration for the 21st Century.”