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San Joaquin Valley Asian-American Women Speak Out About Racism And Discrimination

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Clockwise from top left: Gena Lew Gong, Nikiko Masumoto, Geri Yang-Johnson and Ya-Shu Liang
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Clockwise from top left: Gena Lew Gong, Nikiko Masumoto, Geri Yang-Johnson and Ya-Shu Liang

Members of the Asian American community have been sounding alarms over the dramatic increase in anti-Asian rhetoric and violence over the course of the pandemic. But it was another tragedy, the mass shooting in Atlanta that left eight dead, six of whom were women of Asian descent, that centered a national conversation about racism and discrimination against Asian Americans. To learn more about how this moment is being experienced in the San Joaquin Valley, Valley Edition Host Kathleen Schock spoke with Nikiko Masumoto, an organic farmer and artist, Gena Lew Gong, a lecturer of Asian American Studies at Fresno State, Geri Yang-Johnson, trustee and board member for the California Wellness Foundation and Ya-Shu Liang, a professor and licensed psychologist.

Kathleen Schock is the host of Valley Edition. In the show, Kathleen and the Valley Public Radio news team explore issues that matter to the residents of Central California through engaging conversations and in-depth reporting.
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