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Covering AAPI Hate Incidents by AAJA Philly
Hate crimes. Anti-Asian hate. These phrases have dominated news coverage of the recent assaults on Asians and Asian Americans and of the Atlanta spa shootings. But as prosecutors waffle over whether these attacks are motivated by race and/or gender, and activists and politicians push for new laws, how should journalists be covering violence against Asian Americans?

This panel, hosted by AAJA Philadelphia and open to the public, will examine the ongoing media coverage and framing of "anti-Asian hate.” We will discuss how journalists might cover race/gender-motivated attacks in ways that encourage meaningful solutions rather than merely repeating police talking points or exacerbating public fear.

Panelists:

Jaweed Kaleem, a national correspondent for the Los Angeles times who has reported on anti-Asian hate and the Atlanta shootings

Tsiwen Law, a Philadelphia-based attorney who was the first chairman of the Philadelphia Commission on Asian American Affairs and a longtime leader of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s civil rights committee

Dr. Lori Kido Lopez, an associate professor of communication arts and director of Asian American studies at the University of Wisconsin, who studies how Asian Americans are represented in the media

Janice Yu, a reporter at Fox 5 in Atlanta who covered the spa shootings and has advocated for more accurate and sensitive coverage of the attack and its impact on Asian American communities

Moderated by Tim Tai, staff photographer at The Philadelphia Inquirer and president of the AAJA Philadelphia chapter.

May 5, 2021 08:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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