Being AAPI in 2021

Being AAPI in 2021

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A discussion on current and historical challenges faced by the AAPI community and their experiences  amid acts of hate during the pandemic.
Join the City of Santa Monica for “Being AAPI in 2021: A Discussion on Identity, Community and the Model Minority Myth,” a virtual panel discussion  featuring  Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) leaders who will discuss the current and historical challenges faced by the AAPI community and their experiences  amid the heightened acts of hate against the community during the pandemic.
Panelists will touch upon topics that include identity and belonging, the AAPI community’s history and contributions locally and nationally, the diversity of the AAPI community, the harm caused by the model minority myth, and the importance of coalition building to advance anti-racism work.
Speakers include:

  • Congressman Ted Lieu will provide special remarks.
  • Jeff Nguyen, CBS2 / KCAL 9 reporter, will moderate.
  • Dr. Arlene Daus-Magbual, the Director of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Student Services at San Francisco State University, will speak about AAPI history in the U.S. and AAPI hate.
  • Hakhamanesh Mortezaie, an attorney with the City of Santa Monica’s Rent Control Department and member of the Government Alliance on Race and Equity, will focus on AAPI history in Santa Monica.
  • Christopher S. Tang, Distinguished Professor and the holder of the Edward W. Carter Chair in Business Administration at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, will focus on how the corporate glass ceiling has barred Asian Americans from leadership ranks for decades.
    Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions for the panelists during the event.

RSVP: Tickets are free but reservations are required. RSVPs will receive the event link upon registration.
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Being AAPI in 2021