This is Chinatown, post 9/11:
- More than 7,000 jobs are gone.
- 40 garment factories have closed.
- Restaurant and jewelry store workers have lost up to 80% of their weekly wages.
Against this backdrop, the Asian American/Asian Research Institute of the City University of New York will host “The Asian American Leadership Conference: Healing and Rebuilding New York,” a daylong forum to be held at Baruch College in Manhattan on May 10, 2002.
The conference will examine a number of issues affecting the Asian American community, Chinatown in particular. These issues include: What is the impact of 9/11 on Asian Americans? How is Chinatown affected? How about Queens and Brooklyn? How are South Asians affected? Where is the Asian American voice in rebuilding New York? How can Asian Americans gain political influence? How do we counsel Asian American students?
“The social, economic and psychological impact on Chinatown is extremely severe,” said Dr. Thomas Tam, the executive director of the Institute. “It is 10 blocks from Ground Zero, yet few people know about it, or care to do something about it, until very recently.”
Speakers include Dr. Benjamin Chu, the first Asian American president of New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation; Mr. John Liu, the first Asian American New York City Councilman; Dr. Shao-Chee Sim, the researcher who produced the shocking report of 9/11’s impact on Chinatown; and Ms. Renata Huang, the filmmaker who has produced a documentary about Asian Americans in the aftermath of 9/11.
Representatives from the City, State, and Federal government, as well as private sector, and philanthropic organizations have been invited to attend this conference to hear from the leaders of the Asian American community.
The conference will take place on Friday, May 10th, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, at Baruch College Vertical Campus, 25th Street between 3rd Avenue and Lexington Avenue. Free breakfast and lunch will be provided courtesy of Con Edison. Free admission to the public for those who pre-register before May 7th. To learn more and to pre-register online, visit the institute’s website, www.aaari.org or call Ana Lai, conference coordinator, at 212-869-0182.
The Asian American / Asian Research Institute (AAARI), was established by the City University of New York Board of Trustees in November, 2001, under the aegis of Queens College.