6abc Town Hall - Coronavirus and the local Asian American Community

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Friday, May 15, 2020

Thursday night, 6abc hosted a special Town Hall event to titled The Virus of Hate: Coronavirus and its impact on the local Asian American Community.

Nydia Han spoke with community leaders to share stories, learn about the history of racism against Asian American and Pacific Islanders in America, and find ways to navigate these challenging times.

The conversation included practical strategies to overcome bias and hate, to address our own mental health, and to help our children cope during the pandemic.

Hear Dr. Yu-Heng Guo's three As for parents about 20 minutes into the conversation. And about 45 minutes into the discussion, hear why Anne Ishii, the executive director of the Asian Arts Initiative, is calling on the AAPI community to be #UnapologeticallyAsian.

Our guests included:

Rob Buscher

Board Chair, Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

John Chin

Executive Director, Chinatown Development Corporation

Dr. Yu-Heng Guo

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Anne Ishii

Executive Director, Asian Arts Initiative

Chad Dion Lassiter

Executive Director, PA Human Relations Commission

Sophia Lee

Partner & Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Blank Rome

Narasimha Shenoy

Founder, President & CEO, Asian American Chamber of Commerce

Andy Toy

Development & Communications Director, SEAMAAC.org