AAUC Unity Webinars Series | AAPI Solidarity Confronting COVID-19 Pandemic | Summary

AAUC Unity Webinars Series

AAPI Solidarity Confronting COVID-19 Pandemic

April 25th at 11:00 am Pacific/1:00 pm Central/2:00 pm Eastern


Webinar Opening by Anthony Le, Deputy Director of APALI                                                                             Welcome Remark by Dr. SK Lo, President AAUC



Stringer, New York City Comptroller                                                                                                                  Keynote Speech by Grace Meng, Congresswoman (NY-06)



Anti-hate and bias Resources & Action Step by Jason Tengco,

Community Outreach and Development Specialist of CLUSA                                                                           Community Sharing



Message from APAPA


The Webinars started promptly at 11:00 am with Moderator Anthony Le welcoming everyone and a brief ground rules of this event. There were 386 webinar sign-ins, some with more than one attendee per connections.

Online Survey I was conducted before the webinar to assess the mood of the audience which was calm and relaxed.

Dr. SK Lo the President of AAUC gave welcoming remarks and the purpose of the Webinar with a brief thank you to the people who have made this event possible and in particular Ding Ding TV, CLUSA and Noony Media.

Scott Stringer, New York City Comptroller introduced U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) who, on March 25, 2020 introduced a resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives denouncing the anti-Asian sentiment caused by the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Keynote Speaker: U.S. Rep. Grace Meng framed the current pandemic as a most important challenge for the APIA community. She has been fighting this issue long before the virus hit NYC and NY state. “The increased use of anti-Asian rhetoric, particularly from our nation’s leaders such as the President, and their use of terms like ‘Chinese virus,’ ‘Wuhan virus,’ and ‘Kung-flu,’ is not only irresponsible, reckless, and downright disgusting, it threatens the safety of the Asian American community. Such language demeans, disparages, and scapegoats Asian Americans.”

Rep. Meng fielded a few questions before leaving for another appointment.

Question: What are the present challenges facing APIA?

Answer:  We must support local small businesses. APIA communities must learn to speak up and publicize the contributions of APIA health-care personnel and direct contribution of PPE and other health and medical equipment.

Question: How should we rebuild our community?

Answer: It is important that APIA build alliance with the African and the Hispanic Americans during the rebuilding process.

Some Good News featured an APAPA video with Yen Marshall, the APAPA Executive Director and local APAPA chapters in NY, Texas, Seattle, etc. serving their communities by contributing PPE, well wish cards, and other equipment to fight the pandemic.

Audience participation on their own good news stories included:

Hongmei Li spoke on how to unite and protect ourselves

Lily Chen, UCA  talked about the National Chinese Restaurant Association’s  contribution of  meals to first responders in Chicago and the significance of the 150 year celebration of the Chinese Railroad Workers!

Online survey II was conducted at this juncture to show the mood of the audience which was nervous, worried, anxious and unsure  resulting from the backlash of the pandemic on APIA.

Incidents of hate and bias incidents observed around the country.

Audience participation on what they have seen or experienced on hate and bias incidents included:

Lenny Wang – Seattle – Anti Chinese slogans is scary

Portia Silverberg – debunked the myth that SF Bay area is safe for APIA. 

Next Steps – Resources for APIA:

Jason Tengco, Community Outreach and Development Specialist of CLUSA, listed the anti-hate and bias resources available to the APIA community:

Asian Americans Advancing Justice |AAJC

Three things we can do:



Next Asian American Unity Webinar on Saturday, May 23rd, 2020 11:00 am Pacific/1:00 pm Central/2:00 pm Eastern. Please save the date and more information will be forthcoming




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