Museum of Public Relations: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month


Webcast via Onstream Media


May 27, 2020
6:00 pm
8:00 pm

Asian Americans, Fastest Growing Minority in U.S. Becomes More Visible…(and a More Visible Target, Too)

Join us at the Museum of Public Relations’ first-ever “Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month” to explore the many issues impacting the fastest growing population in the U.S. today: the changing Asian American and Pacific Islander (APIs) demographic. During this discussion, we will explore identity; stereotypes; intersectionality; the Asian Model Minority Myth; Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI); and changing API demographics in the U.S. Senior and younger API professionals—representing public relations, advertising, media, journalism and entertainment—will share their personal stories and discuss why DEI is critical for organizations who want to survive and thrive beyond the COVID-19 crisis.

Click here to sign up for this free event
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
6:00–8:00 p.m. ET (5:00 CT / 4:00 MT / 3:00 PT)
Webcast via Onstream Media

Event Organizers  

  • Angela Chitkara, World in 2020, researcher and consultant
  • Shelley Spector, Founder, Museum of Public Relations; president, Spector & Associates  
  • Patrice Tanaka, Founder, Joyful Planet LLC; co-founder, Padilla, CRT/tanaka, and PT&Co.


  • May Lee, Host and Executive Producer, “The May Lee Show” at Lotus Media House and NextShark


  • Changing Asian-American identity (historical perspective, composition of AA ethnicities, changing migration patterns)
  • Stereotypes (past and present, including the Covid-19 crisis)

  • Identity (Pan-Asian, global identity, intersectionality, changing demographics)  

Panel 1

Moderator: Angela Chitkara, World in 2020, researcher and consultant


  • Curtis Chin, Senior Fellow, Asia, Milken Institute; former Managing Director, Burson-Marsteller
  • Fred Katayama, Content Producer and Anchor with Reuter News
  • Soon Mee Kim, EVP, Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Leader, Porter Novelli
  • Pallavi Damani Kumar, Assistant Professor, School of Communications, Director for Public Communications Division, American University
  • John Onoda, Senior Advisor, Gagen MacDonald
  • Patrice Tanaka, Founder, Joyful Planet LLC; co-founder, Padilla, CRT/tanaka, and PT&Co.

Panel 2

Moderator: Bill Imada, CEO, Chairman and Chief Connectivity Officer, IW Group  


  • Valerie Lopez, Vice President, Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Cision

  • Elliot Lum, Senior Vice President, Talent Strategy and Program Development, Association of National Advertisers (ANA)
  • Doua Moua, Actor in Disney’s Mulan, Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino, etc.
  • Kim Nguyen, Client Executive, Corporate Communications, Edelman, Ho Chi Minh office
  • Palak Patel, Founder & President, Asian Public Relations Students Association, University of Florida

  • Azka Pirzada, Associate Media Planner, MediaCom (WPP)

Wrap-up: Kipp Jarecke-Cheng, Chief Communications Officer, Publicis Health

Sponsorship Opportunities

We hope you will consider supporting the Museum’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2020 event as a sponsor of this first-of-a-kind discussion by leading Asian-American communications professionals. The Museum relies entirely on the generosity of your sponsorship to produce events like this.  

Sponsorship Levels

CORPORATE   BRONZE  $1,000  |  SILVER $1,500
  |  GOLD $2,000
  |  PLATINUM $5,000  |  OTHER
INDIVIDUAL   $50  |  $100  |  $150  |  $200  |  $500  |  OTHER
STUDENTS & RECENT GRADS   $5  |  $10  |  $20  |  OTHER

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