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A Seat At The Table Season II

The Impact of Hate Crimes to the Asian American Community


Amid the ongoing threat of the coronavirus pandemic, there are surging reports of xenophobic and racist incidents targeting members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in the U.S. Since January 2020, there have been a significant number of reports of AAPI individuals being threatened and harassed on the street. These incidents include being told to “Go back to China,” being blamed for “bringing the virus” to the United States, being referred to with racial slurs, spat on, or physically assaulted. Statements by public officials referring to COVID-19 as the “Chinese virus,” “Kung Flu” or “Wu Flu” may be exacerbating the scapegoating and targeting of the AAPI community.


There were 122 incidents of anti-Asian American hate crimes in 16 of the country’s most populous cities in 2020, an increase of almost 150% over the previous year, according to data compiled by California State University’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism and exclusively shared with VOA (Voice of Asians). VOA independently collected data for two of the cities. Meanwhile, extremists continue to spread anti-Semitic and xenophobic conspiracies about COVID-19, blaming Jews and China for creating, spreading and profiting off the virus.

April 28, 2021

Asian Hate Crimes: What Your Asian Colleagues Want You To Know


Gerry Fernandez


Gerry Fernandez, President & Founder of the Multicultural Foodservice and Hospitality Alliance (MFHA) moderates a panel of three Asian employees of Sodexo, Husein Kitabwalla, CEO Services Operations, Linda Lan, Director North American Strategic Sales and Elisa Huang, Sales Director, Business Solutions. These successful Asian American foodservice executives and members of Sodexo’s Asian employee association PANG (Pan Asian Network Group) discuss life as Asian Americans and how PANG has allowed them to flourish as both employees and as individuals. They discuss what it means to bring your whole self to work as an Asian at Sodexo. As well as discuss what does “belonging” looks and feels like as an Asian at Sodexo?


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