USJC Hosts Critical Dialogue on Asian American Racism

On May 26, USJC brought together a panel of experts and community leaders for a webinar to discuss the outbreak of racism and xenophobia targeted against Asian American communities during the coronavirus pandemic.

The speakers shared their reflections and insights on the historical Japanese and Asian American experiences and the current crisis they are facing today. They discussed how misinformation and identity issues play important roles in understanding the context and causes of these experiences, and shared ways to contribute to positive change and progress in order to combat such discrimination. Looking forward, the speakers addressed the critical need to respond to racist incidents, positioning oneself as an ally to Asian American communities and taking action, educating society and the next generation of leaders and more.

The dialogue featured Mariko S. Carpenter (Vice President, Strategic Community Alliances, Nielsen); Council Leader Mitchell T. Maki, Ph.D. (President & CEO, Go For Broke National Education Center & 2002 Japanese American Leadership Delegation alumnus); and Yuh-Line Niou (Assemblymember, New York State Assembly, & 2018 Asian American Leadership Delegation alumna). It was moderated by Council Leader Dianne Fukami (President, Bridge Media & 2009 Japanese American Leadership Delegation alumna).

Click here or above to view the webinar.