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Are we powerful enough? Empowering Asian voices in America
Join Serica and SupChina in conversation on how Asians in America may develop more powerful voices — in business, politics, and culture — and on the relationship between China's growing power and the recent surge in anti-AAPI violence.
Some say that “Asian Americans have become successful in America, but not powerful.”
Asian Americans have long been perceived as hardworking, but quiet, meek, and easy to take advantage of. These perceptions have especially come to the fore in the recent spike in anti-AAPI violence.
What needs to happen for Asians to become more powerful and visible in America — in business, politics, and culture? How does the rise in China’s economic and political power relate to the recent surge in anti-AAPI hate in the U.S.? And how does the model minority myth help, or harm, the perception of Asian experience in America?
Join Serica and SupChina this Thursday, April 22nd, from 12-1pm ET for a discussion on what power means for Asians in America. Anla Cheng, Founder & CEO of the Serica Initiative and SupChina, will be in conversation with Anna Mok, Partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP (the first Chinese American woman to be elected to the partnership) and President of Ascend, the largest non-profit organization that works to enhance the influence of Pan-Asian business leaders; Chris M. Kwok, Board Director of the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY); Jiayan “Jenny” Shi, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and director of Finding Yingying, a documentary about the daughter of a Chinese truck driver who moves to Chicago for her PhD; and Dr. Richard Park, Founder of CityMD and CEO of Rendr Physicians, which serves Asian and other underserved patients in New York City.
Dr. Richard Park is founder and former CEO of CityMD, a leading urgent care company that has treated over 4 million patients in New York and New Jersey. Under Richard's leadership, CityMD grew successfully from a single-site startup medical office to almost $500mm of revenues in 2019. Richard is currently the CEO of Rendr Physicians, a multi-specialty physician group serving ethnic Chinese and other underserved patient populations in New York City. He is also Founder and Managing Partner of Ascend Partners, which invests in companies that improve access and quality of healthcare to vulnerable and underserved populations, while delivering top private equity returns. Prior to founding CityMD in 2010, Richard was an Attending Physician in the Emergency Department at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. As a physician educator, he served as Associate Program Director and was voted Teaching Attending of the Year by the residents from 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. He is a co-editor of McGraw Hill’s Intensive Review of Emergency Medicine. Richard received a B.S. in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Anna Mok is the President & Co-Founder of Ascend, North America’s membership network of Pan-Asian business professionals and the co-founder of Ascend Pinnacle, North America’s network of Pan-Asian corporate directors. Known as a community builder and connector, Anna has a deep passion for creating economic and educational access and for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and society. She inspires her team and organizations to make positive sustained societal impacts and is focused on building leaders to do so. She has demonstrated commitments to the development and advancement of emerging leaders, women and minorities into senior executive and corporate board director roles. Her impact extends beyond the AAPI community with other boards she currently serves on including the 117-year-old Commonwealth Club of California, the nation’s largest and oldest public affairs forum where Anna was the first Chinese female chairman of and at the United Way Bay Area, where she recently served as their first chairperson of Asian descent. Anna is also currently the Nominating & Governance Chair of the Committee of 100 and a Senior Fellow with the American Leadership Forum. During her distinguished career at Deloitte, she has served in various leadership roles focused on serving companies headquartered across the globe in the high technology, healthcare, life sciences, fintech and consumer-oriented industries. She is currently the Asia Pacific Leader for the Advisory Practice and a Global Lead Client Services Partner at Deloitte. Anna was the first Chinese American woman admitted to partnership at Deloitte, selected as a member of Deloitte’s Board Council and the CEO Advisory Partner Council. An immensely curious and creative individual, Anna spends her spare time building public art, pursuing her love of cooking, renovating her Victorian home and exploring nature with her family and friends.
Jenny Shi is a Chicago-based documentary filmmaker. Her debut documentary Finding Yingying won the Special Jury Recognition for Breakthrough Voice at the 2020 SXSW Film Festival. Jenny has also worked on several projects, including the Academy Award-winning documentary American Factory. Jenny is a graduate of Kartemquin’s Diverse Voices In Docs program, a fellow of the Inaugural Women at Sundance Adobe Fellowship, and a DOC NYC “40 Under 40” filmmaker.
Chris M. Kwok
Christopher M. Kwok is a mediator with JAMS. Formerly, he was the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Coordinator at the U.S. Equal Employment Commission in the New York District office. Mr. Kwok oversaw approximately 800 employment law mediations per year and managed mediators in the Newark, Buffalo and Boston offices. He has personally mediated over 1000 matters so far in his career. Mr. Kwok is active in the Labor & Employment field as a trainer, lecturer and writer. Mr. Kwok has participated in speaking engagements for organizations including the American Bar Association, Practising Law Institute, New York City Bar, New York County Lawyers Association, Brooklyn Bar Association, Asian American Bar Association of New York, Metropolitan Black Bar Association, NYU Law School, Brooklyn Law School and many others.
Anla Cheng is the Founder and CEO of SupChina, an independent digital China news, business, events, consulting marketplace platform and podcasts. SupChina informs and connects a global audience regarding the business, technology, politics, culture and society of China. Prior to this, Ms. Cheng ran a Family Office of Asian Hedge Fund of Funds. Centenium Capital. Her career included work as Asia Head, SVP at Robert Fleming, (bought out by JP Morgan). Her career began at Goldman Sachs, then Citi where she was a Pacific Basin analyst, then became an Asian Portfolio Manager for both Institutional and Private Wealth Group. Ms. Cheng received her MBA from the Wharton Graduate School of Business. She is a Trustee of the following Boards: Vice-Chair of China/US at TNC (The Nature Conservancy); Facing History and Ourselves(past Chair of China Project); Vice-Chair at China Institute; and past Trustee and current member of Committee 100. Ms. Cheng is also China/ Global Council Member of Brookings and a Member of NCUSCR and Columbia University's China Global Center.