May marks Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, a time to commemorate and honor the many contributions that the AAPI community has made to the history, culture, and politics of the United States. While it is a time of celebration, it is also a time of reflection on the journey that the AAPI community has gone through for acceptance and equity. Hate incidents against AAPI persons have risen since the start of the pandemic and policy professionals have started to recognize that rhetoric surrounding COVID-19 and current U.S. foreign policy toward China may have further provoked this trend.
On May 20, the Brookings Institution will host an event in honor of AAPI Month, featuring keynote remarks from U.S. Representatives Grace Meng and Andy Kim and a moderated discussion with Senior Fellow Nicol Turner-Lee. Their conversation will be followed by two panels on the recent events involving the AAPI community, with one panel examining the domestic policy implications and a second panel looking at foreign policy.
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