Producer 1990 Institute 
Overview Journalists are at the frontlines to report incidents and events about our communities, country, and the world at large. They are the eyes and ears of our society and through them we gain a better understanding of what is happening around us, both the good and the challenges that have yet to be conquered. Asian American journalists have brought the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community front and center in the American discourse on race, ethnicity, and identity. They shed light on the resilience of the AAPI community and contextualize racism against Asians in America. Their tireless work helps all of us better understand what it means to be Asian in America, what it was like in the past, and how much has – and has not – changed. In this webinar, three Asian American Women journalists, Joie Chen, Weijia Jiang, Helen Zia, and moderator Mei Fong, discuss their experience as journalists and how the changing racial attitudes towards Asian Americans mean for their work going forward as Asian American journalists.

  • Joie Chen – Senior Advisor and Faculty, Poynter Institute for Media Studies
  • Weijia Jiang – Senior White House Correspondent, CBS News
  • Helen Zia – Activist, Author, and Former Journalist
  • Mei Fong (Moderator) – Chief Communications Officer, Human Rights Watch, & a Member of the 1990 Advisory Council

Time Codes

00:00:0000:04:06 Introduction by Ambassador Julia Bloch (President of USCET)

00:04:0700:07:00 Introduction by Grace Yu (Vice Chair of 1990 Institute)

00:07:0101:02:29 Conversation – Moderated by Mei Fong

01:02:3001:03:14 Conclusion

Publish Date January 21, 2022
Reference Materials Read:Zoe Christen Jones, Asian American journalists on what it’s like reporting on the pain in their community, CBS News, 2021

Patricia Miye Wakida, How a public media campaign led to Japanese incarceration during WWII, American Experience, PBS, 2021

2021 First Quarterly Report, The Coalition for Women in Journalism,  (, May 01, 2021

Michael Weldon, The Real Story: 5 Issues Facing Women Leaders in Journalism, Take the Lead, 2019

Antonis Kalogeropoulos and Richard Fletcher, What do people think about the news media?, Digital News Report, Reuters Institute, University of Oxford, 2019

Women Journalists Commitment and Challenges, Reporters Without Borders, March 5, 2015, updated January 25, 2016

Kristen Hare, How AAJA helped shape coverage of the Atlanta Shootings. 2021, Poynter Institute.


The history of anti-Asian hate crimes in America, CBS Sunday Morning, 2021

Model Minority explained in 3 minutes, 1990 Institute, 2021

Nicole Chavez, A viewer called to criticize a TV anchor in Missouri over being “Very Asian’, CNN, 2022

Marian Chia-ming Liu, The Power of Reclaiming my Asian Name, The Washington Post, 2021

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