AAPI Justice in America – Stop AAPI Hate: The Legacy and the Path Forward

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    Join us during Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month for our series exploring AAPI Justice in America. The past year has seen a rapid rise in hate crimes against the AAPI community. Yet AAPI discrimination is not new. Throughout American history, AAPI hate, phobia, and otherness has been legitimized through discriminatory immigration policy, segregation, internment and more. This legitimization has led to exclusion and violence against the AAPI community. This series will explore both the legacy of AAPI Hate and the path forward.

    The Path Forward
    May 19, 2021 – 3:30 –5 p.m. EST/12:30 – 2 p.m. PST

    Our panel will explore how lawyers and advocates in Corporate America, local and national government, and community-based organizations can and should respond to the current climate of AAPI Hate. They will discuss their experience in combating AAPI discrimination and provide guidance on effective and ineffective paths to AAPI Justice in America. Topics that will be explored include:

    • Are current hate crime statutes on the federal and state levels enough to protect the AAPI community? What more can and should be done?
    • What can corporate America and corporate lawyers do to help ensure the protection of the AAPI community?
    • How can we address the broader issue of AAPI justice in America?

    Panel Members

    • Bonnie Wolf – Assistant General Counsel at Nationwide Insurance, Immediate Past President National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
    • Representative Bee Nguyen (GA) – the first Asian American Democratic woman elected to the Georgia General Assembly (House District 89), Candidate for GA Secretary of State
    • Christina Yang – General Counsel, Advancing Justice – LA, President of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County
    • CA State Assembly Member Albert Muratsuchi – representing California’s 66th Assembly District
    • Cipriano Beredo – Partner and Member of the Global Board, Squire Patton Boggs (Moderator)

    This program is pending approval for 1.50 hours of CLE for diversity, inclusion and/or ethics in AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, OH, NY, TX and WA. If you need another jurisdiction please contact Robin Hallagan.

    The Legacy
    May 24, 2021 – 4 – 5 p.m. EST/1 – 2p.m. PST

    Immigration is an American story, but among all Americans, it is by far, the most central to the Asian American experience today with nearly 70% of Asian American adults today born outside of the U.S. Recent Asian American scholarship then often focuses on the lived experience of being an immigrant but, just as importantly, Asian migration has played a major role in the formation of American citizenship and immigration policy. Most notoriously, the trend towards denying immigrant entry dates back to the perceived “problem” of Chinese immigration in the nineteenth century. In response, an important form of political activism employed by Asian Americans has been to challenge exclusionary laws through the court system. Asian American legal challenges have established birthright citizenship, challenged racially discriminatory naturalization laws and protection of civil liberties. Join us for a talk with Professor Natalie Masuoka, a distinguished scholar and expert on Asian American history, immigration and racial and ethnic politics as we review these underrecognized contributions but also consider how the longstanding relationship between immigration and Asian America continues to structure American race relations today.


    Natalie Masuoka - Associate Professor and Chair of Asian American Studies, UCLA

    This program is pending approval for 1.00 hour of CLE in AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, OH, NY, TX and WA. If you need another jurisdiction please contact Robin Hallagan.

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