How We Got Here:
The Asian American Experience in Metro Detroit
May 19, 2021 at 7pm ET
In the aftermath of the Atlanta spa shootings in March, the nonprofit organization, Stop AAPI Hate, released a report stating that there were almost 3,800 reported hate incidents from March 2020-Feb. 2021 nationwide. But for Asian Americans, discrimination in this country they call home is not a new issue. There’s much more to the story.
On May 19, at 7 p.m., Detroit Public TV in partnership with APIAVote-Michigan hosted a live, virtual town hall exploring the history of anti-Asian racism and how it continues to affect the lives of Asian Americans in Metro Detroit.
The murder of Vincent Chin in 1982 and the protests that followed galvanized the Asian American community. Now with the recent incidents of violence against Asian Americans that community is making its voice heard again.
The town hall revisited the Vincent Chin case, the historical antecedents leading up to it, and its resonance today as the members of the community and their allies call for justice and equality.
We shared the history and personal stories of the people who make up our diverse Asian American communities through panels, questions from the audience and video vignettes, all moderated by One Detroit’s Senior Producer, Bill Kubota.
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Roland Hwang, American Citizens for Justice; and Secretary, ACA – Association of Chinese Americans
Jim Shimoura, Past President, American Citizens for Justice
Jasmine Rivera, Communications Director, Rising Voices
Mai Xiong, Macomb County Commissioner, District 2
David Han, MAPAAC Commissioner
Leinda Schleicher, VP, APIAVote-Michigan
Anand Kumar, Asian Indian Community Leader; President, miindia.com
State Representative Ranjeev Puri (D-Canton)