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The Chinese origins of the coronavirus that caused the global COVID-19 pandemic have helped to stoke anti-Asian hate around the world. Violent attacks against Asian-Americans have increased in recent months, including the deadly shooting of six Asian women in three Asian-run spas in Atlanta, Georgia, and the brutal assault of a 65-year-old Filipina woman in New York City, who was on her way to church.. The “model minority” has now found its voice and is speaking out against these racially motivated acts.

What does it mean to be an Asian-American today? How do we fight anti-Asian discrimination and challenge the consistent invisibility of our community so thatthe world accepts and respects our humanity? These questions and more will be addressed by our panelists, Former Principal Dancer, American Ballet Theater, Artistic Director Kaatsbaan Cultural Park Stella Abrera, actor Dante Basco, historian and academic, University of Washington, Seattle Vicente Rafael, Interim Director and General Manager, Street Lighting/Public Works, City of LA Hon. Miguel Sangalang, Executive Creative Director, Former Editor Marcus Teo, Managing Partner, Quan Law Group Trustee, Asia Society Texas Center Gordon Quan, and Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives Marita Etcubanez.

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