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Racism Is A Virus: Panel Discussion On The Asian American Youth Experience in Maine
March 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The HHRC invites teachers, students, and members of the public to a special panel discussion on Racism Is A Virus: A Conversation with Asian American Youth in Maine. Please join us as we highlight and raise awareness of the Asian American experience in Maine.
We hope to raise awareness of the historical roots of anti-Asian racism and xenophobia and how Asian Americans, specifically youth, are negatively impacted by prejudice and bias fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic.
By discussing the experience of being Asian American, the impact of COVID-19, growing up in white majority communities in Maine and addressing how the “model minority” myth impacts the treatment and attitudes towards Asian Americans, we hope to lift up the experience of Asian Americans in Maine.
Deven Abrams is a junior at Casco Bay High School in Portland, Maine. His ancestry is from India on his mother’s side and he is a volunteer and emcee for India Association of Maine events. He likes to spend time outdoors and is on the Deering High School cross country running, cross country skiing, and outdoor track teams. He also plays first violin in the Portland Public Schools city orchestra. He enjoys studying languages, politics, and world history and is currently planning to pursue a career in economics or foreign policy. He is a member of Congregation Bet Ha’am in South Portland and the Maine Hindu Temple in Westbrook. He is looking forward to sharing his experience of being Asian-American in Maine.
Zabrina Richards • Panelist
Zabrina Richards (she/her) identifies as a Chinese American adoptee. She is currently a senior at The New School in Kennebunk, Maine. As a senior, Zabrina is working on her Senior Project. Part of this endeavor has led her to be the founder of the Instagram account: In My Own Words, where writing, poetry, and artwork by Asian American youth in Maine is submitted. Go check it out if you’re interested! Another part of this project has been to create this panel. Zabrina hopes to highlight the Asian Pacific Islander American experiences. In her free time, you can find her catching up on reading books, listening to music, writing about her experiences, and advocating for non-optical activism. She hopes you all enjoy the panel discussion. Stay safe!
Cocoe Miyake • Panelist
Cocoe Miyake is a first generation Japanese immigrant who is a current senior at Waynflete. She frequently visits Japan to enjoy the amazing food, culture, and to see her extended family. Outside of school, she is a competitive gymnast spending most of her time training at the gym. When school and gymnastics isn’t occupying her time, she likes to sew, take photos, and listen to music! In the future, Cocoe hopes to pursue her interest in Marine Biology in college somewhere along the West Coast, and to travel. She is exuberant on hearing everyone’s story and shedding more light on Asian-American’s voices in Maine.
Alex Han • Moderator
Alex Han is a second-generation Korean-Chinese-American based in Brooklyn, NY (currently living in Rockville, MD). He graduated from Falmouth High School in 2013, and from Brown University in 2017 with a B.A. in Cognitive Science. He lives a double-life as both a professional musician and research scientist. As a musician, he is a multi-instrumentalist performer, composer/songwriter, and producer. Trained in classical piano and jazz improvisation, his work spans multiple genres including neo-soul, hip-hop, alternative R&B, classical, and indie. His debut EP Dream Suite I will be released this spring. As a research scientist, he uses methods from cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and philosophy to study issues of consciousness, perception, and the creative process. His work has been published in New Ideas in Psychology. Outside of academia and the arts, he is deeply engaged in social justice and is passionate about racial equity.
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