Moderated by ABC 7's Judy Hsu
CHICAGO (WLS) -- ABC 7, Chicago's No. 1 station for news, presented a virtual town hall celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month while looking at the call to action to prevent hate crimes against this community. ABC 7 CHICAGO EYEWITNESS NEWS anchor/reporter Judy Hsu will moderate "OUR CHICAGO: Voices of the Community" available on abc7chicago.com Thursday, May 6, at 2:00 p.m.
Anchor Judy Hsu opened this week's town hall by illuminating the important place Asian Americans have in American history and their contributions to this country. May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, officially designated by Congress on Oct. 23, 1990.
Recently, crimes against the AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islanders) community have skyrocketed. The conversation takes a serious look at this hate crime surge and the public call to action to condemn the violence. A panel of experts talk about their efforts to heighten awareness as well as to pass state legislation to teach AAPI history in Illinois public schools.
Bystander training provided by many community organizations as well as the Dough Something movement, led by a local restaurateur, were also examined.
Guest panelists for this week's town hall include the following:
Grace Pai, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago
Paul Luu, Chinese American Service League
Beverly Kim, Parachute Restaurant
Ji-Hye Kim, KAN-WIN
The virtual town hall was also exclusively streamed live on ABC 7's Facebook Live, YouTube, ABC 7's app and ABC 7's connected TV apps on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV and Roku.
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ABC7/WLS-TV Chicago is the No. 1 local news source and most-watched television station in Chicago. With top-rated daily newscasts spanning decades and the largest social media presence in the market with more than 2.3 million Facebook followers, ABC7 Eyewitness News provides breaking news, investigative reporting, weather, politics, traffic and sports in the multiplatform space to Chicago, the suburbs and northwest Indiana. Named Best News Operation by the Associated Press for four consecutive years, the station produces 41 hours of local news weekly and Chicago's only local weekday entertainment talk show, "Windy City LIVE," as well as its highest-rated New Year's Eve special. ABC7's award-winning programs such as "Heart and Soul," "The Ñ Beat" and "Asian Influences" showcase the city's diversity, while being the only Chicago station producing and broadcasting parades representing Chicago's rich cultural history. In addition to producing town halls focused on current social issues, the station has a long and proud tradition of broadcasting political candidate debates keeping Chicago's electorate informed. ABC7's outreach efforts include annual partnerships with the Red Cross for life-saving blood drives and, most recently, spearheading an effort to raise more than $1.5 million for area food pantries.