WEBINAR ON-DEMAND: Anti-Asian Racism and its Implications for Civil Liberties and National Security


On May 21, 2020 at 12:00 PM EST, the Quincy Institute and Jewish Currents co-hosted a webinar on the rise of anti-Asian hate crimes in the United States and its implications for civil liberties and national security.

The rise in Anti-Asian hate crimes related to COVID-19 pandemic is alarming from civil liberties and human rights perspectives. But the stigmatization of Asian Americans also arguably has a negative impact on U.S. national security. Anti-Asian bigotry coming from the very top of the U.S. government risks driving away the Americans the U.S. national security apparatus needs to navigate Asia’s rising strategic importance.

Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Chair Judy Chu offered introductory remarks, followed by a panel discussion featuring Gordon H. Chang, Professor of History at Stanford University; Peter Beinart, Editor-at-Large of Jewish Currents and Professor of Journalism and Political Science at the City University of New York; and Jessica Lee, Senior Research Fellow for East Asia at the Quincy Institute. Kaiser Kuo, co-founder and host of the Sinica Podcast, moderated the discussion.