“I’m Not a Virus!”: Asian Americans’ Perspectives on COVID19

This is the third session of five community COVID19 conversations on Race, Racism and Research in the Medical Mecca. The goal of the session is to facilitate a dialogue about the Asian American’s perspectives and experiences of racism during COVID-19. In the session, we will show the Racism Is a Virus PSA developed by the Asian Women for Health (AWFH). Audience of the panel session will include community members, members and staff of community-based organizations, health providers, researchers, and university students.

Moderator: Ben Hires, CEO, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center 


Ben Hires joined BCNC as CEO in June 2020. Since his first job as a youth counselor, Ben has significant experience in nonprofit leadership and serving young people and families. He has held leadership positions in programs, strategy, and external relations in the arts and public service. His time at the Boston Children’s Chorus played a significant role in his passion for social justice and racial equity and brings that lens to his work at BCNC.

For any other questions, contact:

Apriani Oendari at a.oendari@northeastern.edu

or Justin Zhang at zhang.jus@northeastern.edu


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Anh Vu Sawyer, Executive Director of the Southeast Asian Coalition of Massachusetts 

Chien-Chi Huang, Founder and CEO of the Asian Women for Health

Jean Wu, Senior Lecturer (Emerita) in American Studies and Asian American Studies within the Consortium of Studies in Race, Colonialism and Diaspora at Tufts University 

Rohit Chandra, Child and Adult Psychiatrist and Instructor of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School