The COVID-19 pandemic continues its surge across much of the United States, laying bare issues of race and class in access to health care, food, shelter, and education. Incidents of excessive police force against the black community have brought the Black Lives Matter movement for racial justice to the forefront of the national conversation. At the same time, reports of racism targeting Asian Americans have risen significantly. In this context, we convened leaders in the Chinese-American community to share their insights into and experiences of the critical issues of racism.
On August 5, 2020, the National Committee hosted a virtual program with Anla Cheng, founder & CEO of SupChina; Erika Lee, Regents Professor of American History and director of the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota; and Nancy Yao Maasbach, president of the Museum of Chinese in America, to discuss discrimination, generational divides, the model minority myth, and Sino-American relations. National Committee board member and co-founder and former CEO of Yahoo!, Jerry Yang, moderated the event.