Steven Lim speaks with Asian American leaders across industries about how the coronavirus has impacted our community.
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Should Churches Gather During a Pandemic?
Pastor Drew Hyun is the leader of Hope Church Midtown in New York City. In this episode, he dives into the controversy around whether churches should gather in the midst of a pandemic and where he finds hope during these unsettling times. Learn more about Hope Midtown NYC at https://www.hopemidtown.org/.
Why American Healthcare Workers Aren’t Safe From The Pandemic
American healthcare workers are at war with the pandemic, yet are experiencing a severe shortage of the proper protective gear to battle COVID-19. In this episode, Dr. Shuhan He, an emergency doctor serving at the Mass General in Boston, MA and the co-founder of GetUsPPE.org, dives into why there is such a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline workers and how the community can come together to bridge this gap.
Learn more about #GetUsPPE at GetUsPPE.org.
On Andrew Yang and how proving our "American-ness" won't end racism
In a controversial op-ed published on Washington Post, former presidential candidate Andrew Yang provides his solution to combat the xenophobia and hate Asian Americans have been receiving in the wake of COVID-19. He advises that "Asian Americans need to embrace and show our American-ness in ways we never have before." Furthermore, he cites Japanese-Americans who fought at the highest ranks of WWII as examples of this strategy's efficacy.
Taylor Weik, a Japanese-American LA-based writer has a different opinion. In this episode, Taylor shares more context on why Yang's call-to-action was dismissive to the history of Japanese-Americans and details the negative impacts of Yang's article on the Asian American community.
Andrew Yang op-ed: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/04/01/andrew-yang-coronavirus-discrimination/.
Taylor Weik op-ed: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/japanese-americans-speak-out-against-andrew-yang-s-call-asian-n1176126.
FBI Warns Asian Americans Of Racist Outbreaks Due To Coronavirus
Benny Luo is the founder and CEO of NextShark, one of the leading sources of global Asian and Asian American news on topics including business, entertainment, culture, politics and more. Since the first coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. in late January, Benny finds his media company receiving an exponential increase in reports of hate crime against Asian Americans. In this episode, he shares stories he has come across, the role of media in shedding light on these issues, and ideas for how we can move forward from here. Tune into the latest Asian American news at nextshark.com.
Why This NYC Restaurant Is Staying Open In A Pandemic
Jimmy Ly and Yen Vo are the co-owners of two Vietnamese homestyle restaurants called Madame Vo and Madame Vo BBQ. Their restaurants are based in what is considered the new epicenter of the pandemic, New York City, and are now faced with the dilemma of whether to shut down their restaurants or stay open. On this episode, Chef Jimmy shares more about how restaurants in NYC Chinatown have been impacted by the virus and why they have decided to take the risk and keep their restaurant open despite the pandemic. Learn more about Madame Vo and Madame Vo BBQ: https://www.madamevonyc.com/.