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May, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, has special significance in 2022, as both an acknowledgment of contributions and a reminder of a resurgence of xenophobic rhetoric and violence. Civil rights groups, academia, and businesses have responded with action, education, and activism, part of a “Stop AAPI Hate” coalition.

FNEI recently teamed up with award-winning journalist Mary C. Curtis to talk about the past, the present and future solutions on her “Equal Time” podcast. The conversation featured Anne Lee Benedict, who spoke at FNEI’s Keep a Seat gender equity program and who is active with the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), a national organization dedicated to advancing diversity, inclusion and equity in the legal profession, and Dr. Joanne L. Rondilla, an assistant professor in Sociology and Interdisciplinary Studies and Asian American Studies at San José State University.

Listen to the full episode below: