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My second working monograph is a co-edited anthology with Professor Wei Ming Dariotis titled, “Fight the Tower: Asian American Women Scholars’ Road from Resistance to Renewal for Justice in the Academy.” Student occupations and hunger strikes, faculty protests, votes of no-confidence in top administrators, external audits, forced resignations of senior leadership, anti-education stances by political leaders, and similar high-stakes actions overtly signal a dramatic reaction to the current state of higher education. We posit that the structural form of the university has long been corrupted by external forces that infiltrated the university’s core from its inception. Through mass social engineering projects to create inherent ideas of superiority and inferiority based artificially on race, gender, class – hierarchies of power emerged. This volume addresses the current crisis by reframing the realm of academia not as the normalized “idyllic” haven of intellectual discourse creating thoughtful members of society, but rather as an institution teeming with labor, civil and human rights abuses as part of a long legacy of intentional suppression and control. We seek to expand the understanding of labor issues, systemic oppression, and structural injustice in higher education with a focus on Asian American women academics.