Decolonizing Tactics as Collective Resilience: Identity Work of AAPI Communities on Reddit

Bryan Dosono, Bryan Semaan

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Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities use online platforms like Reddit to build capacity for resilience from white hegemony. We conduct interviews with 21 moderators of AAPI subreddits to understand how sociotechnical systems contour and contribute to the marginalization of online communities. We examine marginalization through the analytic framework of decolonization and uncover the threats and tactics that AAPI redditors encounter and employ to decolonize their collective identity. We find that moderators of AAPI subreddits develop collective resilience within their online communities by reclaiming space to confront brigade invasion, recording collective memory to circumvent systemic erasure, and revising cultural narratives to deconstruct colonial mentality. We describe how algorithmic configurations within sociotechnical systems reaffirm existing hegemonic values and discuss how users and designers of sociotechnical systems may work toward resisting white hegemony.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number69
JournalProceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction
Issue numberCSCW1
StatePublished - May 28 2020


  • AAPI
  • decolonization
  • identity work
  • online communities
  • race
  • reddit
  • resilience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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