JOIN US FOR AN IMPORTANT THREE-SESSION SERIES
3.21.2021 | 5:30-6:30 pm
4.11.2021 | 7:00-8:00 pm
5.02.2021 | 7:00-8:00 pm
ALL WEBINAR ADMISSION IS FREE
In light of recent attacks on Asian and Asian Americans across the country, the Levine Center to End Hate is proud to partner with Monroe Community College’s Department of Global Education & International Services to present a three-part series exploring the Asian and Asian American communities of Greater Rochester, the history of racism and xenophobia aimed at Asian and Asian Americans in our country, and ways we can work together to support our Asian and Asian American neighbors. For further reading, visit our Resources page.
MARCH 21, 2021
Asian in Rochester
Our introductory session examined the diversity of Asian and Asian American communities in Greater Rochester, and the impacts of racism and xenophobia historically and more recently with the COVID-19 pandemic.
APRIL 11, 2021
7:00 - 8:00 PM
Asian in Perspective
A blues musician, a journalist, and a county legislator. Three Asian Americans from different sectors of Greater Rochester come together to talk about common misperceptions of Asian Americans and the negative effect they have on the Asian American community. Representing perspectives from Korean, Laotian and Indian cultural backgrounds, Hanna PK, Smriti Jacob, and Frank Keophetlasy share personal stories to clearly illuminate that no group is monolithic. Moderated by Samiha Islam.
MEET THE PRESENTERS
Hanna PK is a 2019 International Blues Challenge Semi-Finalist. A solid pianist, soulful vocalist, and vibrant performer, Hanna combines a wide variety of the blues & swing, old school folk and boogie-woogie with her own contemporary realness—whether performing story-telling originals, breathing new life into songs that may be 100 years old, or anything in between.
Smriti Jacob is co-founder and managing editor of the Rochester Beacon, a digital nonprofit publication and community forum in Rochester. An award-winning reporter and editor, Smriti worked at the Rochester Business Journal for nearly 16 years. She owns Bold Letter Marketing, a content marketing business, working with national clients like Hewlett-Packard, Sitecore and Carestream Health, and is an adjunct professor in the Department of English at St. John Fisher College.
Frank Keophetlasy is a Laotian American Monroe County legislator born and raised in the 28th Legislative District in Northwest Rochester. A product of the public school system, Frank attended Elementary School 30, Wilson Magnet High School, Monroe Community College, and finished his bachelors at SUNY Brockport. Through all his successes, he has remained a proud resident of Northwest Rochester because of his love and commitment to the community that shaped him.
Samiha Islam is a member of the Levine Center to End Hate Steering Committee and a Presidential Scholar studying political science at the State University of New York at Buffalo. In 2018, she organized the From Strangers to Neighbors Festival, a project highlighting the values that refugees and immigrants bring to American society and culture. She is a former intern at the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence and has been featured in the Rochester Museum and Science Center's Changemakers: Rochester Women Who Changed the World exhibit.
MAY 2, 2021
7:00 -8:00 PM
Asian in Action
Local Asian American activists, originally from Korea, Myanmar, and Taiwan, round out the final session of our series. Their activism on behalf of refugees, the LGBTQ+ community, and others breaks down divisions that can become a source of hate.
MEET THE PRESENTERS
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