An audio replay of the "Dear Asian Americans, What Now?" Panel from SXSW 2022 featuring Nydia Han, Muna Hussaini, Dion Lim, and Jerry Won. March 15, 2022 - Austin, Texas
// The week of SXSW 2022 marks the one year anniversary of the Atlanta massacre, an event that forever changed the Asian American community. Dear Asian Americans, What Now? features a conversation with community leaders as we share our lived experiences, lessons learned, and actions steps to forge a new path forward. The panel features Dion Lim, author, speaker, & anchor at ABC7 in San Francisco, Muna Hussaini, a technology executive and highly respected community activist based in Austin, Nydia Han, an Emmy Award winning tv journalist at WPVI-TV 6ABC and creator of #ThisisAmerica based in Philadelphia, and is hosted by Jerry Won, speaker, community builder, & creator of Dear Asian Americans.
Meet Nydia Han // @nydiahan on IG // @nydia_han on Twitter
Nydia Han is an Emmy award winning television journalist. She is currently a news anchor and consumer investigative reporter for WPVI-TV in Philadelphia. She is committed to using her platform to uplift, empower, and give voice to traditionally underrepresented, marginalized groups. She is a TEDx speaker and creator of #ThisIsAmerica, a provocative three-part documentary series about race, racism, and the diverse American experience. Nydia has also appeared on ABC News Live and 20/20 to discuss discrimination, bias, and hate against Asian Americans.
Her work has been recognized by a number of groups. #ThisIsAmerica received the 2019 national AAJA award for Best TV/Online (AAPI) and was chosen for a special viewing at the Women's Film Festival. Nydia is also the recipient of the Pearl S. Buck International Woman of Influence award, Inspire Award from the National Association of Asian American Professionals, and Global Voice Award from the World Woman Summit. She was also named "Outstanding Ally" of Diversity and Inclusion by the Philadelphia Inquirer.
She graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and her career has taken her to television stations in Idaho, Oklahoma City, and Texas.
Nydia is on the community advisory board for the Asian American Women’s Coalition. She is also passionate about raising awareness and desperately needed funds for lung cancer research in memory of her mother.
She enjoys good food, wine, and most of all a good laugh. And she is trying really, really hard to teach her two young children to speak Korean.
Meet Muna Hussaini // @salam_yall on IG & Twitter
Muna H. is a mother, tech executive, and accidental community activist. She is currently the Head of #ESG Governance at Indeed.com and has worked in tech for 20+ years.
Muna was a victim of several hate crimes after 9/11. She now spends her personal time reclaiming the Muslim-American narrative and working to eradicate hate. Muna is a founder of Muslim Space, an inclusive Muslim organization. She is a co-founder for Recode the Quo, helping Austin-based tech startups be more diverse, inclusive, and equitable. Muna is a member of the Austin/Travis County Hate Crimes Taskforce. She has served on the board of Interfaith Action of Central Texas to cultivate peace and respect through interfaith dialogue, service, and celebration.
Lastly, Muna attended the The University of Texas at Austin and is a proud Longhorn. Hook' em!
Meet Dion Lim // @dionlimTV on IG // @dionlimTV on Twitter
Dion Lim is an Emmy Award-winning TV news anchor and reporter at ABC7/KGO-TV in San Francisco and author of Make Your Moment: The Savvy Woman’s Communication Playbook to Getting The Success You Want based on her experiences as the first Asian American woman to be at the helm of a weekday newscast in three major markets including Kansas City, Charlotte and Tampa Bay.
Dion is passionate about amplifying voices of color and had led the charge worldwide in shedding light on the hate and assaults targeting Asian Americans in the Bay Area. Her work has resonated across the country on ABC News Live, Nightline, Good Morning America and 20/20.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors and mayor also recently awarded Dion with a commendation for her dedication to reporting on discrimination and xenophobia toward Asian Americans and the Black communities. She was also voted a 2021 Goldhouse 100 A1 recipient for Media and Journalism for storytelling in the midst of the #StopAsianHate movement.
Meet Jerry Won // @jerryjwon on IG // @jerrywon on Twitter
Jerry Won is a keynote speaker, workshop facilitator, and host who has worked with some of the world's most recognized brands in corporate and higher education. He speaks on a variety of topics including authentic storytelling, personal branding, and the Asian American experience in the workplace.
He is the Founder & CEO of Just Like Media, an Asian American storytelling company whose podcast brands include Dear Asian Americans, MBAsians, The Janchi Show, and Asian Podcast Network; partnerships include McDonald's, US Census 2020, and US Dept. of Health and Human Services.
Prior, he was a Senior Strategy Consultant at Accenture and sales leader at start-ups and Fortune 500 companies. Jerry has a BS from USC Marshall and an MBA from Michigan Ross, where he served as President of the Student Government Association. Learn more at www.JerryWon.com
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