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In Focus: Stopping Anti-Asian American Hate in Minnesota
Last month’s mass shooting in Atlanta inspired protests, vigils and community discussions across the country – including in Minnesota – to stop violence and hate against Asian Americans. People from the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community have been targeted since the start of the pandemic, and the violence in Atlanta appeared to set off additional incidents of racism here and elsewhere that have left people feeling vulnerable and marginalized.

Stop AAPI Hate, a national coalition tracking cases of violence and discrimination, reported 3,800 racist incidents in the past year, ranging from verbal harassment to physical assault. The Minnesota Department of Human Rights has also been tracking an uptick in anti-Asian incidents since the start of the pandemic. But this community has endured the effects of racism since long before COVID-19.

Join MPR News host Tom Crann for a virtual conversation at noon on Wednesday, April 28, as part of In Focus, a series of convenings MPR News has been leading on Minnesota’s persistent racial disparities. Through conversations with community leaders that are shaped by our curious, engaged audience, we hope to encourage new connections and relationships that will help Minnesota communities make progress toward equity and inclusion.

Our Panel:
• Bo Thao-Urabe, Executive and Network Director of the Coalition of Asian American Leaders
• Wayne Kangas, a strategy consultant living in Northeastern Minnesota
• Yia Vang, MSP Magazine's “Chef of the Year 2019" and the host of TPT’s Relish series
• Professor Erika Lee, Regents Professor of History and Asian American Studies, and Director of the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota.

If you have thoughts or questions about the event or the topic check out the MPR News In Focus page at https://www.mprnews.org/infocus.

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Apr 28, 2021 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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