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Day 2: Reflecting and Celebrating 20 Years of Building CAPACD

Tuesday, September 15th
3:30 pm  ET / 2:30 pm CT / 12:30 pm PT / 9:30 am HT
Discussion Forums
Reflecting, Reclaiming

Join us for one of the following discussion groups to delve deeper into strategies for building the resilience of AAPI communities and neighborhoods, focused on the issues most pressing in our neighborhoods today.

Discussion Forum​​
  • What’s Next for AAPI Business Districts? 

We all want to know – what is to become of my local AAPI business district during and after this pandemic? What strategies can be and should we employ to prevent the closure and displacement of our beloved mom-and-pop shops – with the whole community in mind? How do we work toward rebuilding an equitable economy that fosters sustainable forms of entrepreneurship and community ownership? The experts in this session are you – our National CAPACD members on the ground who are doing this work daily. This is a discussion forum – so come prepared to share your ideas, insights, and help us shape our policy priorities for an economic recovery that is inclusive of AAPI entrepreneurs.


Cindy Wu, Bay Area LISC
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Michael Yee, County of Hawaii
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  • Housing & AAPIs: Strategies for an Equitable Recovery for Low-Income Homeowners and Renters


The pandemic has exacerbated housing insecurity facing many low-income AAPIs and communities of color as potential homebuyers see rising home prices and stringent credit requirements and renters face threats of eviction and community displacement. In this session, housing experts will reflect on the pandemic’s impact on AAPIs and communities of color and draw parallels to the foreclosure crisis that birthed the formation of National CAPACD’s Housing Counseling Network one decade ago. Join us for a moderated discussion on strategies to support AAPI and POC homebuyers and renters and how our communities can equitably recover from the fallout of the pandemic.

Melany De La Cruz, UCLA Asian American Studies Center
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Agatha So, UnidosUS

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Chhan Pech, UCLA Center for Neighborhood Knowledge
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Angie Liou, Asian Community Development Corporation

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Doug Ryan, Prosperity Now
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  • The Art of Resilience: AAPI Creative Placemaking in 2020

Artists and cultural bearers have been at the forefront of leading community engagement and healing in 2020. Examples abound of AAPI artists, cultural practitioners, and institutions addressing issues of xenophobia and racism, interpreting complicated public health information, increasing visibility of AAPI businesses, and keeping people connected despite physical distancing. Join this discussion about what AAPI creative placemaking looks like in 2020, and the importance of sustaining this work during recovery and post-pandemic. Come prepared to share what is happening in your own community!

Rebecca Chan,​ Friends of Rail Park
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Desi Danganan, Kultivate Labs
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Erik Takeshita, ArtPlace America
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Erika Gee, Chinatown Community Development Center
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Yin Kong, Think!Chinatown
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  • AAPI Renter Nation: Organizing Strategies to Resist Displacement

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Nearly three-quarters of low-income AAPIs live in the highest housing cost markets in the country. As a result, many in our communities were struggling to get by even before the pandemic. Housing advocates estimate 30- 40 million people could be evicted in the coming months as a result of COVID 19, unless Congress takes immediate action. Join community organizers and advocates for a discussion on eviction prevention strategies, as we build a long-term movement to fight back against displacement and gentrification! 

Carolyn Chou, Asian American Resource Workshop
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Denise Wong, Filipino Advocates for Justice
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Joseph Seia, Pacific Islander Community Association of Washington
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  • Beyond Slogans and Hashtags: Solidarity In Practice

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As we confront dual pandemics, COVID-19 and ongoing anti-Black racism, it is important to build up our frameworks, analyses, and practices to engage in meaningful and transformative solidarity. In this session, we discuss ways in which Asian American communities have been building and practicing solidarity in various contexts. We will share principles for solidarity practice, identify best practices, and explore how to deal with conflicts and challenges that often emerge. This session will provide emerging and seasoned practitioners with shared language, tools, and ideas to engage in solidarity at their own organizations and in their communities.

Deepa Iyer, Writer, Lawyer, Activist, Facilitator
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Kabzuag Vaj, Freedom, Inc.
Allie Yee, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon
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Soyun Park, Micro Business Network
Stephanie Cho, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta
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