Join us as we raise up and support our Asian American and Pacific Islander community. Our expert panelists will discuss the tragic history of AAPI discrimination in America, focusing on the intersectionality of misogyny and racism among AAPI women. Learn about how our local Asian business community fared over the past year while national figures spewed dangerous and racially motivated rhetoric to scapegoat Asian Americans. Most importantly, learn what you can do to support AAPI businesses and embrace the entire community during AAPI Heritage Month in May.
For additional information, view the PBS docuseries Asian Americans, which chronicles violence against Asian Americans and is temporarily free to stream. The series looks at the past 150 years of U.S. history through the lens of this country's Asian American and Pacific Islander immigrants — a group that faced violence and prejudice long before 2021. Additionally, you may join the LWVSD Book Club discussion of "Minor Feelings: an Asian American Reckoning" by Cathy Park Hong on May 3 at 5pm (check the LWVSD calendar to join).
- Kirin Macapugay is a professor of Social Work for San Diego City College, Trustee for Southwestern Community College, and serves as Commissioner for the California Commission on Asian & Pacific Islander American Affairs. Kirin founded Asian Pacific Islander Community Actions to serve as a hub for grassroots efforts. She is on the board for the San Diego API Coalition and in 2017 was recognized as a Civil Rights Woman Leader by RISE San Diego.
- Judy Ki is a retired public school teacher who volunteers with the AAPI community’s voter registration drives, candidates support, and civic engagement and policy advocacy projects. Judy served on the California Commission on Asian & Pacific Islander American Affairs (2012–2016) and was recognized by the California Legislature for Outstanding Commitment to the Advancement of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders after completing her term. In May 2019, the Joint Asian & Pacific Islander (API) Legislative Caucus in Sacramento selected Judy as an API Heritage Month Honoree and presented her with the Excellence in Civic Engagement award.
- Lauren Garces is a city-wide event producer and artist highlighting diverse communities and cultures. She directs the marketing, outreach, and events with the Asian Business Association San Diego representing over 30,000 Asian Pacific Islander owned businesses. A leader and advocate in the AAPI community, she serves as President of the National Association of Asian American Professionals - San Diego and was recognized last month by Mayor Todd Gloria as a Woman of Distinction.
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