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U of I’s Asian American Cultural Center hosting two Stop Asian Hate discussions : SPlog : Smile Politely

The University of Illinois Asian American Cultural Center is hosting “Stop Asian Hate: A Panel Discussion on the Impact of Anti-Asian Hate on Mental Health, Families, and Our Communities” at 5 pm on Monday, November 14th at the Spurlock Museum.

The panel will feature Dr. Russell Jung, co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate, and Professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University. The other panelists are clinical psychologist Dr. Teresa Mok; Associate Professor of Social Work Dr. Kevin Tan; and Director of the New American Welcome Center Gloria Yen.

dr Jeung will also speak at AACC’s noontime Food for Thought series on Tuesday, November 15th. Additional details on both events are in the press release below, and on AACC’s Stop Asian Hate website.

Stop Asian Hate: A Panel Discussion on the Impact of Anti-Asian Hate on Mental Health, Families, and Our Communities

5pm-6:15pm, Monday, November 14th, 2022

Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum

600 S. Gregory St., Urbana IL 61801

Urbana, IL – The Asian American Cultural Center is proud to present a panel discussion featuring Dr. Russell Jeung, co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate (https://stopaapihate.org/ ) and Professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University, to discuss the impact of anti-Asian hate on mental health, Asian American families, and our communities. This event will take place on Monday, November 14th, 2022, at the Spurlock Museum’s Knight Auditorium, located at 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, Illinois.

Panelists joining Dr. Jeung include clinical psychologist Dr. Teresa Mok; Associate Professor of Social Work Dr. Kevin Tan; and Director of the New American Welcome Center Gloria Yen. AACC’s Director Dr. David Chih will be moderating the discussion. The public and campus community are invited to join the Asian American Cultural Center for this important discussion. There will also be a reception with the speakers after the panel discussion. This event is co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Department of Asian American Studies; international education; student affairs; Humanities Research Institute; and the Spurlock Museum.

dr David Chih states, “Anti-Asian hate has a long-standing history in the US for more than 150 years before COVID-19. However, the recent pandemic opened the door for these anti-Asian sentiments to resurface and we want to provide a space to explore how it specifically impacts mental health and our families, including children.”

“Our Asian community in Champaign-Urbana is very ethnically diverse, with international students and recent immigrants to those whose families have been in the US for many generations. It is important to recognize that anti-Asian rhetoric and violence not only hurts the Asian community but the greater community’s sense of inclusion and welcoming of people from all backgrounds,” says Dr. Chih.

Longtime community member and licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Teresa Mok adds, “The lasting impact of anti-Asian hate and rhetoric can often be invisible as children and individuals internalize feelings of being othered and excluded.”

The next day, Dr. Russell Jeung will also be speaking at the Asian American Cultural Center’s Food for Thought lunchtime discussion series on Tuesday, November 15th, noon-1pm at the AACC building, located at 1210 W. Nevada St., Urbana, Illinois. Food for Thought is a weekly noontime discussion focused on topics relevant to the Asian American community. dr Jeung’s presentation is titled, “Be Like Water: Combating Anti-Asian Hate During COVID-19” and will focus on Stop AAPI Hate’s work during the pandemic.

More information about the Asian American Cultural Center’s Stop Asian Hate Program: https://oiir.illinois.edu/aacc/stop-asian-hate-program

Stop Asian Hate: A Panel Discussion on the Impact of Anti-Asian Hate on Mental Health, Families, and Our Communities

Knight Auditorium
Spurlock Museum
600 S Gregory St
Urbana
M Nov 14th, 5 pm
Free

Top image from the Asian American Cultural Center at Illinois Facebook page.

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