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Civic Leadership Forum “We Are All Americans!” – Panel discussion

As our country is getting more divided, we are losing sight of what makes our country great. We are a country of immigrants, collectively creating the American Dream with the best and the brightest people from around the world. As we are getting more xenophobic and intolerant of newcomers, we are losing our competitive edge. When Asian Hate crime and gun violence continue to rise, we are calling on our community members to come together to demand systemic changes, build bridges through understanding, and appreciate our differences.

Civic Leadership Forum Silicon Valley “We Are All Americans” gathered over 200 people in South San Francisco. Organized by Silicon Valley Community Media, Ding Ding TV, and American TeoChow Foundation with Diana Ding as the moderator, the event gathered a number of elected officials.

The panel discussion included Nancy Tung (a trial prosecutor and former Deputy California Attorney General), Yang Shao (Fremont City Councilmember), Lily Mei (Mayor of Fremont, California State Senate Candidate), Sheng Thao (Oakland Councilmember, Oakland Mayor Candidate), and Raymond A. Buenaventura (Daly City Vice Mayor).

Joel Wong (President, National Asia American PAC)

Joel Wong recited his poem “All of Us Belong Right Here!”

Nancy Tung (Deputy District Attorney, Alameda County, District Attorney’s Office)

Nancy Tung answered the question – When Asian Hate crimes and gun violence continue to rise, We know that all communities of color suffer when the root causes of violence remain unaddressed. What the legislators can do for the systemic change?

Lily Mei (Mayor of Fremont, California State Senate Candidate)

Lily Mei answered the question – What Asian cultural traits can you contribute to the US to make our country even greater?

Raymond A. Buenaventura (Daly City Vice Mayor)

Raymond A. Buenaventura answered the question – How can the minorities (Asian, Blacks, Hispanics, Jews, LGBTQ) work together to empower ourselves?

Sheng Thao (Oakland Councilmember, Oakland Mayor Candidate)

Sheng Thao answered the question – Have you faced discrimination yourself? How did you handle this? What are your suggestions?

Yang Shao (Fremont City Councilmember)

Yang Shao answered the question – Asian Americans have been characterized as the Model Minority. What are the pros and cons of being the Model Minority?

Willie Brown (Former Mayor of San Francisco)

Willie Brown (Former Mayor of San Francisco) gives a speech at the Civic Leadership Forum – “We Are All Americans!”

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