Watch — AANHPI Open House

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On the anniversary of the 2021 Atlanta shootings, Asian Avenue Magazine’s Annie VanDan, Asian Pacific Development Center’s Harry Budisidharta, The Colorado Sun’s Thy Vo and Colorado Dragon Boat Festival’s Sara Moore came together to discuss the importance of engaging with news media on how it portrays Asian, South Asian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities and community members in the news.

The decline of local news in Colorado has devastating impacts on both civic participation and one’s ability to connect to the community. COVID-19, the 2020 racial reckoning and last year’s mass shootings have shined a light on the ways that communities of color need — and deserve — news that serves their needs.

The Colorado News Collaborative (COLab) and Colorado Media Project’s (CMP), in partnership with other local and national groups, have been working since early 2021 to engage members of Black, Latinx, AANHPI and Indigenous or Native communities on specific ways to improve access and build trust between communities and newsrooms.

As part of the Voices Initiative⁠, AANHPI Voices seeks to create a space for members of local Asian communities to share experiences, thoughts and insights. This virtual open house — held on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, marked the launch of AANHPI Voices.

Watch the conversation below:

Please visit to report incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning, and child bullying against AANHPI members of your community.

This event was co-sponsored by the Colorado News Collaborative and Colorado Media Project.