The NBA APEX team recently hosted an AAPI Sports and Culture Symposium, aimed at raising awareness and promoting dialogue around the issues facing the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.
The symposium featured a range of speakers from the AAPI community, including former NBA player and activist Jeremy Lin, journalist Soledad O’Brien, and filmmaker Jon M. Chu. They discussed topics such as the model minority myth, the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes, and the importance of representation in media and sports.
Lin spoke about his experiences as an Asian American athlete, including the racism and discrimination he has faced throughout his career. He emphasized the need for greater representation and support for AAPI athletes and communities.
O’Brien discussed the media’s role in perpetuating harmful stereotypes of the AAPI community, and the need for more diverse voices and perspectives in journalism. Chu, the director of films such as “Crazy Rich Asians” and “In the Heights,” talked about the power of storytelling in promoting understanding and empathy.
The symposium also included a panel discussion with AAPI athletes, including NBA players Jordan Clarkson and Rui Hachimura, and WNBA player and Olympic gold medalist Sue Bird. They shared their experiences as AAPI athletes and the impact of recent events on their communities.
The NBA APEX team, which stands for Asian American and Pacific Islander Empowerment, is a league-wide initiative aimed at promoting AAPI representation and empowerment in sports and society.
The symposium was held in response to the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes and discrimination in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The NBA and its players have been vocal in their support of the AAPI community and have used their platform to raise awareness and promote social justice.
The AAPI Sports and Culture Symposium serves as a reminder of the importance of dialogue and understanding in promoting social change and creating a more inclusive society. Through initiatives like this, the NBA and its players are leading the way in promoting AAPI representation and empowerment both on and off the court.