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What Anti-Asian Hate Means for Mental Health, Safety and Justice

The wave of attacks against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders has been emotionally gutting for these communities. It has also galvanized action and challenged journalists to think about their role and responsibility in covering sometimes overlooked issues with sensitivity and nuance. This webinar examines the impact of the crisis on the mental health of Asian Americans, especially the women who are often targeted. We’ll also look at forward-looking strategies to foster individual and community resilience. Asian Americans are three times less likely than their white counterparts to use mental health services. How are providers overcoming the systemic and cultural barriers to address increases in anxiety, depression and stress in communities that were already at high risk? What is the role of police in protecting AAPI safety, amid a national outcry to end over-policing? What are the most effective community-based approaches to improve health and safety and advance justice? Join us for a deep discussion to inform your coverage of the crisis, your reporting on Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, and your understanding of some of the most fraught racial issues in the nation.

WHEN: April 28, 2021, from 11 a.m. to noon PT / 2-3 p.m. ET

REGISTER: [Now closed / watch video above]


Anh Do is a metro reporter at the Los Angeles Times covering Asian American issues and general assignments. A second-generation journalist, she has worked at the Dallas Morning News, the Seattle Times, the Orange County Register and Nguoi Viet Daily News, the largest Vietnamese- language newspaper in the United States, which was founded by her late father. Born in Saigon, she has reported from Cuba, India, Mexico, Peru and Vietnam. Her writing on race and culture has won awards from Columbia University and the Asian American Journalists Association, and she is a recipient of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism. She is a member of the USC Center for Health Journalism’s Advisory Board. She graduated from USC with degrees in journalism and English literature. Apart from words, she’s passionate about all things canine, spending 25 years in dog rescue around the globe.

Russell Jeung, Ph.D., is a professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University. In 2020, he launched Stop AAPI Hate, which tracks Covid-19-related discrimination in order to develop community resources and policy interventions to fight racism. The project has become a go-resource for journalists covering the surge in anti-Asian attacks. Dr. Jeung’s research interests include the sociology of race, the sociology of religion, and social movements. He is engaged extensively with his students in conducting community-based, participatory research with Asian American communities. He has written five books and numerous articles and he co-produced the 2010 documentary “The Oak Park Story,” about a landmark housing lawsuit involving his fellow Cambodian and Latinx tenants.

Linda Yoon is a therapist and the founder of Yellow Chair Collective, a multicultural psychotherapy practice with a special focus on Asian mental health. Yellow Chair Collective strives to fulfill the needs of POCs and immigrants by providing culturally competent services. In addition to individual, couples, family, and group therapy, the practice also provides psycho-educational groups and training on the impact of cultural and racial trauma. Yoon is a graduate of the USC Masters of Social Work program, and an active committee member of NSAW's California Chapter-Southern California API Social Work Council.

This webinar is free and made possible by The Commonwealth Fund, the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation and The California Endowment. 

Panelists' slides: 

For Prof. Russell Jeung's slides, click here.

For Linda Yoon's slides, click here.

Suggested reading

Violence has Asian Americans questioning how far they have really come in their American journey,” by Anh Do, Alejandra Reyes-Velarde, Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times 

After Atlanta-area attacks, Asian communities reckon with mental health crises,” by Marissa Evans, Los Angeles Times

Anti-Asian violence is often inseparable from misogyny,” by Jenn Fang, The Washington Post 

The Atlanta shooting and the dehumanization of Asian women,” by Jiayang Fan, The New Yorker

Asian Americans in media: You can’t extricate the humanity of yourself from the journalist,” by Rebecca Sun

The history of anti-Asian-American violence,” by Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker

Biden Announces New Steps To Tackle Anti-Asian Violence And Discrimination,” by Alana Wise, NPR

Swelling Anti-Asian Violence: Who Is Being Attacked Where,” by Weiyi Cai, Audra D. S. Burch, Jugal K. Patel, New York Times

Op-Ed: A hate crime law is a start. But it will take much more to make Asian Americans feel safer,” by Stewart Kwoh, Connie Chung Joe and Connie Rice, Los Angeles Times

I Thought I Knew How to Succeed as an Asian in U.S. Politics. Boy, Was I Wrong.” By Jeff Le, Politico

The mental health impact of anti-Asian racism,” by Zara Abrams, American Psychological Association 

One-third of Asian Americans fear threats, physical attacks and most say violence against them is rising,” by Neil G. Ruiz, Khadijah Edwards Mark Hugo Lopez, Pew Research Center


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