COVID, Racism, & Xenophobia – the Impact on Asian-American Mental Health


The COVID-19 pandemic has fueled an undeniable rise in xenophobia and anti-Asian racism, taking the form of everything from microaggressions to physical violence. This fear and violence has an impact on mental health — on top of the effects of COVID losses and lockdowns. This event helps the audience better understand the effect of these societal forces on individual, family, and community mental health. We also discuss how Asian-American communities can better access support and how community bonds can be strengthened.

Our speakers

  • Linh An, PhD is the Executive Director of the Chinese-American Family Alliance for Mental Health (CAFAMH), an organization that has served Chinese Americans in NYC for over eighteen years.
  • Carolina Đỗ is an actor, playwright, producer, and community organizer. She a founding Producing Artistic Leader of The Sống Collective.
  • Vanessa Li, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist and founder of The Pond, a private group practice that makes individual and group therapy as well as creative arts therapy accessible to the community.
  • Karen Mok is the Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of The Cosmos, a community for Asian women to care for themselves, their community, and their world.

July 29, 2021

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