While the coronavirus pandemic pushed deeply entrenched health disparities into plain sight, many are simply calling for a “return to normal” – but “normal” wasn’t so great for everyone, and this hope misses the responsibility in front of us entirely. This series allows us to explore the roots of inequity – to get to the heart of the matter – so we can consider what it will take to create a new, more equitable “normal” to bring health in reach for all Coloradans.

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Thursday, May 20 | At the Heart of the Matter: The Hate Stops Here: Addressing Anti-Asian Acts

The Hate Stops Here: Addressing Anti-Asian Acts

Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities have long endured xenophobia-fueled discrimination – nationally and in Colorado. The racist rhetoric and misinformation surrounding the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic fueled a modern, intensified wave of anti-Asian hate and violence. These acts pose a negative and lasting effect on individual and community health. Since the onslaught of COVID-19 in 2020, hate crimes against AAPIs have increased nearly 150%, and there have been 3,800 self-reported incidences of discrimination nationally. 

This is unacceptable. 

As we continue to explore what it will take to create a new, more equitable normal, join Karen McNeil-Miller, president and CEO of The Colorado Health Foundation, on Thursday, May 20 (Noon – 1:30 p.m. MT) for a conversation about complexities within the AAPI communities and what we can all do to curb the rise of discrimination and support their health and well-being. Following a special performance by the Japanese Arts Network's Founder and Creative Director, Courtney Ozaki, Karen will be joined by:

  • Joie Ha - Founder, Community Organizing for Radical Empathy (CORE)
  • DJ Ida, PhD - Executive Director, National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA)
  • Clarence Low - Board Member, Asian Chamber of Commerce Colorado (ACC)
  • Chad Shomura, PhD - Assistant Professor, CU Denver, Department of Political Science


Learn more about recent and historical discrimination, hate and violence directed at AAPI communities in our blog post, “Standing in Solidarity with Asian and Pacific Islander Coloradans.”



Check out our previous "At the Heart of the Matter" events, listed below, to view recordings and resources from each conversation. 

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