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Save Asian Lives Webinar

This special webinar provided an overview of ways in which community members can help stem the tide of anti-Asian and Pacific Islander hate incidents/crimes. Originally broadcast April 8, 2021.

Save Asian Lives webinar recording


  • Intervention Strategies – what to do if you witness a hate crime
  • Legal Services for Victims – how to access legal help
  • Advocacy and Messaging – making our voices heard
  • Racial Harassment – prevention strategies for the workplace and campus
  • Creating Community – multi-ethnic, multi-generational, LGBTQ
  • Mental Health Services – including for children, the elderly, and women

Featured speakers:

  • Rose Gaw, Disability Services and Programs for Students Counselor, Rio Hondo College
  • Phil Lam, Deputy City Attorney, City of Los Angeles
  • Derek Li, Senior Trial Attorney, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Trisha Murakawa, Principal, Murakawa Communications; Trustee, El Camino College District Governing Board
  • Shelley Gee-Ryan, Alhambra Unified School District; Trustee, San Marino Unified School District Board of Education
  • Peter J. Wong, Adjunct Professor, Asian American Studies, California State University Long Beach
  • Christina Yang, General Counsel and Pro Bono Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA
  • Leland Simpliciano, Professor, Los Angeles Harbor College, Group Lead for the Asian and Pacific Islander Staff Faculty Affinity Group for 9 colleges within the LA Community College District.
  • Special guest panelist: Representative from Atlanta AAPI community – BJay Pak, former United States Attorney for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • Moderator: Patricia Kinaga, Chair, APIDC
With the distressing rise in intolerance against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, it is more important than ever that we work together as a community to educate and empower one another. Together we are stronger than hate.

Featured Speakers

Portrait of Rose Gaw

Rose Gaw

Rose Gaw will be describing mental health resources at the college level, including for students with disabilities. She is the Disability Services and Programs for Students Counselor, Rio Hondo College. Born and raised in Myanmar, where education was not accessible to all, Rose developed a passion for equal justice and is driven to create opportunities for future generations.

Portrait of Shelley Gee Ryan

Shelley Gee-Ryan

Shelley Gee-Ryan will address steps parents and older students can take to deal with racial harassment. She is an educator with the Alhambra Unified School District, and serves as an elected Trustee on the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education. 

Portrait of Derek Li

Derek Li

Derek Li will explain when and how to file race harassment and bullying incidents in workplace in Federal and state agencies. He is a Senior Trial Attorney with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Since 2006, Derek has litigated a wide range of employment discrimination case, and has conducted training and outreach to the community.

Portrait of Trisha Murakawa

Trisha Murakawa

Trisha Murakawa will provide tips on effective messaging to create and maintain anti-hate crime initiatives. She is the Principal in Murakawa Communications, which specializes in strategic communications for the public sector. She serves as an elected Trustee for the El Camino College District Governing Board.

Portrait of Peter Wong

Peter Wong

Peter J. Wong will provide highlights of the historical context preceding the current resurgence of anti-Asian hate crimes. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Asian American Studies and Public Policy Departments at California State University Long Beach. His research includes economic and cultural barriers faced by Asian American women with disabilities.

Portrait of Christina Yang

Christina Yang

Christina Yang will describe legal services available for survivors of hate crimes and hate incidents. She will also cover ways to get involved by volunteering with legal NPOs and participating in intervention training. Christina is General Counsel and Pro Bono Director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA. Her extensive legal background includes civil rights and worker rights.

Event Co-Sponsors

Asian Americans Advancing Justice Los Angeles Logo
Asian Pacific Heritage Occupational Therapy Association Logo
Aspire Logo
Korean American Special Education Center Logo
Special Service for Groups, Inc logo
Asian Youth Center Logo
Asian Pacific Americans at Cal Tech
California Association for Postsecondary Education and Disability Logo
Organization of Chinese Americans Greater Los Angeles Logo
Women's March Oakland Logo
Chinese American Citizens Alliance Logo
Disability Rights California Logo
Go for Broke National Education Center Logo
Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County Logo
Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association Logo

Campus Co-Sponsors

Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Plus Logo
Connecticut College Center for the Critical Study of Race and Ethnicity Logo
Connecticut College Asian Student Association Logo
Multi Cultural Student Union of Mitchell College Logo
Vietnamese Student Association at University of Illinois Logo