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caption: Join us live on Feb 11 for an interactive conversation on Asian erasure in our schools featuring KUOW's Kristin Leong and Isolde Raftery and guest Christina Joo. 

Live on Thurs, Feb 11, 2pm PST at YouTube.com/KUOW949
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Join us live on Feb 11 for an interactive conversation on Asian erasure in our schools featuring KUOW's Kristin Leong and Isolde Raftery and guest Christina Joo. Live on Thurs, Feb 11, 2pm PST at YouTube.com/KUOW949

Meet the Newsmaker: Kristin Leong on Asian representation in schools, Feb 11, 2:00 PM PST

Is the "minority myth" still alive today? Let's talk about it.

Update: This event took place on February 11, 2021. Watch the video here.


This free engagement will take place live on KUOW's YouTube channel at 2:00 PM PST on Thursday, February 11, 2021.

Click here to participate at 2:00 PM PST / 5:00 PM EST on the 11th: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19N43HLtS9M

If you'd like us to send you a reminder about the program, click here to register for free through Eventbrite. If you would like to share comments or questions ahead of this engagement, please email engage@kuow.org, or tweet us @KUOWengage.

What does it mean to be a person of color?

Last fall, a report from North Thurston Public Schools outraged community members. The problem? The district had grouped Asian students with white students, distinguishing “people of color” as a separate category. Because white and Asian students perform similarly well on tests, the implication was clear: Person of color meant underperforming.

Join KUOW producer and TED-Ed Innovative Educator Kristin Leong, M.Ed. for a look behind-the-scenes of her reporting on the erasure of Asian students.

Read the story here: Whitewashing of Asian students and a report that launched a reckoning

The centerpiece of this event will be an interactive conversation with audience members. All are welcome. We want to hear from you:

  • What kind of stories about Asian experiences are lacking from mainstream media coverage?
  • In what ways is the "model minority" myth still alive in 2021?
  • Who should KUOW be listening to in the Asian community?
  • What is the role of our Asian community in the Black Lives Matter movement?
  • What should schools be doing to better serve students who are farthest from educational justice?
  • How do Asian community members feel about their representation (or lack thereof) in diversity and equity discourse?

Leong will be joined by KUOW editor Isolde Raftery and Stanford University student Christina Joo. Generous time will be reserved for conversation and Q&A.

Click here to register for free and we'll send you a reminder.

caption: Join us live on YouTube on Feb 11 for a Meet the Newsmaker interactive event featuring KUOW's Kristin Leong & Isolde Raftery with guest Christina Joo to talk about Asian erasure in our schools.  

Feb 11, 2pm PST, live at YouTube.com/KUOW949
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Join us live on YouTube on Feb 11 for a Meet the Newsmaker interactive event featuring KUOW's Kristin Leong & Isolde Raftery with guest Christina Joo to talk about Asian erasure in our schools. Feb 11, 2pm PST, live at YouTube.com/KUOW949
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