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Our virtual town hall addressed anti-Asian racism related to the COVID-19 pandemic in Austin and Central TX. Our goal was to create a space for AAPI experiences around COVID-19 related racism to be shared and recognized, offer ideas and resources on how to protect our communities, and provide opportunities to build solidarity with the larger Austin community.


  • Austin Mayor Steve Adler
  • Dr. Eric Tang–Associate Professor in the African and African Diaspora Studies Department and Director of the Center for Asian American Studies
  • Ayshea Khan–Asian American Community Archivist, Austin History Center, Austin Public Library
  • Somprathana Akeela Kongdara–Resource Director, Burnt Rice Bunch
  • Lun–Community Health Navigator, Austin Asian Community Health Initiative, Inc.
  • Darlene Lanham–Executive Director, Asian Family Support Services of Austin
  • Amy Wong Mok–Founder & CEO, Asian American Cultural Center
  • Deborah Alemu–Community Organizer
  • Carmen Llanes Pulido–Executive Director, Go Austin/Vamos Austin
  • Paula X. Rojas–Community Equity Strategy Consultant, University of Texas Dell Medical School

Presentation Slides


"Chinese Virus" as a Racial Project

Histories of Anti-Asian Racism in Austin

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