Anime Expo Lite 2021 Focuses on Building Stronger AAPI Communities

Anime Expo Lite 2021 will present an insightful forum to explore the range of social and political issues facings America's diverse AAPI communities in a panel called "Building a Stronger Community" that will be part of this year's two-day, livestream convention running Saturday, July 3rd through Sunday, July 4th. The panelist are KABC's David Ono, Lily Welty Tamai of UCLA, and Social Activists Connie Chung Joe and Mitch Makai, who will explore Asian defamation and steps to battle discrimination and hate. All Anime Expo Lite panels also to be available via VOD from July 5th to 16th 

"Building a Stronger Community Panel" at Anime Expo Lite 2021
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Over the past year, there has been a spike in crimes against the Asian and Asian American community. Join David Ono (Evening news anchor for ABC7 News), Lily Welty Tamai (Lecturer for UCLA), Connie Chung Joe (CEO, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles), and Mitch Maki (President, Go for Broke National Education Center) for an informative exploration of the history of anti-Asian discrimination and what steps we can take to support our community.

"Asians and Asian communities across the country have experienced a terrible increase in hate and violence over the past year and we are augmenting our programming this year with a special forum to explore these issues and discuss solutions that we can all do to have an impact at a local, regional and national level," says Matthew Thomas, Sr. Director of Operations. "We invite everyone to catch this session and learn how they can become more involved in this important cause."

Tickets to access this year's Anime Expo Lite programming are $5 each, with all proceeds benefiting the Hate Is A Virus commUNITY Action Fund. After the stream concludes on July 4th, ticketholders can re-watch the content, as well as access additional programming, on a VOD basis from July 5th -16th, 2021.

Anime Expo Lite 2021 marks the 30th Anniversary of the long-running annual convention. Anime Expo is the biggest North American fan celebration for Japanese pop culture including anime, TV & film, fashion, video games, manga, dance, live concerts, collectibles, and exclusive convention merchandise, presented as an unforgettable experience for fans of all ages.

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About Adi Tantimedh

Adi Tantimedh is a filmmaker, screenwriter and novelist. He wrote radio plays for the BBC Radio, “JLA: Age of Wonder” for DC Comics, “Blackshirt” for Moonstone Books, and “La Muse” for Big Head Press. Most recently, he wrote “Her Nightly Embrace”, “Her Beautiful Monster” and “Her Fugitive Heart”, a trilogy of novels featuring a British-Indian private eye published by Atria Books, a division Simon & Schuster.
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