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WICT NY: Shining a Light on Anti-Asian Racism and Hate Crimes: The Role of Media on Public Opinion, Corporate Action, and Community Activism

May 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EDT

Shining a Light on Anti-Asian Racism and Hate Crimes – The Role of Media on Public Opinion, Corporate Action & Community Activism

In honor of AAPI (Asian American & Pacific Islander) Heritage Month, AIM (Asian Americans in Media) is proud to present “Shining a Light on Anti-Asian Racism and Hate Crimes: The Role of Media on Public Opinion, Corporate Action, and Community Activism”, co-sponsored by NAMIC (National Association of Multi-Ethnic Communications) NY and WICT (Women in Cable Telecommunications) NY.

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The Panel will take place on Tuesday, May 25th, at 12 pm ET (9 am PT), featuring:

  • Nydia Han, Reporter & Anchor, WPVI-TV
  • Bill Imada, Chairman & Chief Connectivity Officer, IW Group
  • John Yang, President & Executive Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC)
  • Tamlyn Tomida, Actress

For many Asian-Americans, racism, unconscious bias, and stereotypes are an all too common reality at school, in the workplace, and on our streets. Yet Asian-Americans often suffer those countless slights and attacks silently, “earning” them the title as the “Model Minority” or “Invisible Minority.” Throughout the pandemic, incidents and reports of anti-Asian violence and hate crimes surged, generating increased media coverage and widespread public and political outrage.

We all have questions, we all need to know more, and we all want to do something. This panel will explore the long history of anti-Asian discrimination, challenges in prosecuting hate crimes, news coverage of anti-Asian violence and harassment, and perspectives on how Asians are portrayed in movies and on television. AIM, NAMIC NY and WICT NY hope to bring this important conversation to all of our communities, to share our stories, to highlight our challenges, and most importantly, to support each other in seeking justice, visibility, and opportunity for all of us in the media industry.