Monday, November 23, 2020 | 4:00 PM EST - 5:00 PM EST

Zoom meeting | Mycal Ford, Eileen Huang, Dolly Li

In light of the Black Lives Matter movement and the rise in anti-Asian physical and verbal attacks in the United States, cross-racial allyship is needed now more than ever. During this pivotal time, there has been little discussion about the current racial tensions between Black and Asian communities within a historical and current analysis of Black and Asian solidarity.

On November 23, 2020, the National Committee’s Young China Professionals (YCP) program held a virtual program with Mycal Ford, Eileen Huang, and Dolly Li to discuss the history of Black and Asian tensions and solidarity, unpack the notion of “Yellow Lives Matter,” and explore tangible methods of mobilization that will help to bridge the divide between these two groups.

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Mycal Ford

Mycal Ford works at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Previously, Mr. Ford served as the director of East Asia analysis at Sayari Labs, a D.C.-based tech startup, where he used publicly available information to investigate individuals and companies engaged in international sanctions evasion, narcotics trafficking, WMD proliferation, money laundering, fraud, and various other forms of transnational crime. In addition, Mr. Ford has held various other research and analytical positions at the Department of Defense, the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, the Center for Advanced Defense Studies, the Hudson Institute, and SOS International.

Mr. Ford earned his M.A. in international affairs from the School of International Service at American University and his B.A. in Chinese studies and political science from Pacific Lutheran University. During his studies, he received the Department of Defense David L. Boren Fellowship, the U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship, and a Fulbright fellowship. He reads and speaks Mandarin.

Eileen Huang

Eileen Huang studies English at Yale University and is currently on a gap year. She has spoken on Asian American issues to outlets such as the Associated Press, South China Morning Post, Voice of America, RADII, The New York Times, and BBC, among others. Her writing appears in Hyphen, The Adroit Journal, The Kenyon Review, Chinese American, on NowThis, and more. She is part of The WeChat Project, a group of progressive, second-generation Chinese Americans adding their voices to compelling conversations on Chinese social media. Ms. Huang resides in New Jersey.

Dolly Li

Dolly Li is an award-winning independent video journalist, producer, and correspondent. She has played key roles in developing and launching several international digital publications, including Al Jazeera’s AJ+ English and AJ+ Español. In 2018, she moved from Oakland to Hong Kong to co-found Goldthread, a digital publication incubated by the South China Morning Post, where she served as its content director, leading editorial, creative, and social media strategy. Ms. Li has experience reporting domestically throughout the United States. and internationally from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and mainland China. She navigates stories in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Spanish.

Previously, Ms. Li was a co-lecturer at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, advising second-year multimedia students through the completion of their master’s thesis projects. She also served as vice president of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) San Francisco Chapter, providing professional development and mentoring to students and minority journalists. She is currently an independent video journalist and filmmaker.

Ms. Li studied visual arts and economics at Rice University. She’s currently based in her hometown of Brooklyn, NY.

The National Committee’s Young China Professionals (YCP) program engages China-focused individuals between the ages of 25 and 45 to increase their knowledge about China on pertinent issues. Through substantive programming, social activities, and interaction with leading China experts, YCP aims to enhance participants’ China interests, foster meaningful connections among participants, and ultimately help prepare the next generation of leaders in the bilateral relationship across various industries. Click here to subscribe for YCP email updates.