NBC News plans virtual town hall on anti-Asian sentiment

NBC Asian America, part of NBCNews.com, will host United Against Hate, a virtual town hall on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. eastern, examining the rise of racism against Asian Americans amid the coronavirus pandemic and what can be done on a legislative, nonprofit and individual level.

Panelists include Judy Chu. Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) chair, and U.S. Representative from California, Manjusha Kulkarni, director of A3PCON, Grace Meng, CAPAC first vice chair and U.S. Representative, New York, and John Yang, director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice.

Vicky Nguyen, NBC News Investigative and Consumer Correspondent, will moderate the discussion.

Comedian Margaret Cho, filmmaker Eugene Lee Yang and singer Lea Salonga will also make appearances.

The town hall will be streamed on NBC Asian America’s site, NBC News’ Twitter and Facebook pages and on YouTube. The stream will also be available on Peacock, NBCUniversal’s new streaming service.

Plus, in conjunction with Asian Pacific American Heritage month, NBC Asian America has published AAPI Frontline, a special editorial series highlighting those that are fulfilling the role of essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic. Throughout the month of May, NBC Asian America will spotlight various members of the community that are doing their essential jobs, often in the face of rampant racism.

“NBC Asian America has been at the forefront in covering the rise in bias incidents and crimes against Asian Americans during the coronavirus pandemic,” said Jessica Prois, NBC Asian America editor in a statement. “This important town hall will focus on the data and offer ways that Americans can help, and our AAPI Frontline editorial series is an example of how we’re focusing on positive ways to counter hate.”

NBC Asian America’s virtual town hall will be available to stream on NBCNews.com/AgainstHate and users can view the AAPI Frontline special at NBCNews.com/AAPIFrontline.

Tune in and follow along with the hashtag #AsAmUnited.