After Virginia Tech: Preventing Backlash Against Asian Americans, Handling Public Relations and Media Crises, and Protecting Civ

After Virginia Tech: Preventing Backlash Against Asian Americans, Handling Public Relations and Media Crises, and Protecting Civil Liberties

 

Description:

On April 16, 2007, Korean American student Cho Seung –Hul went on shooting rampage on the Virginia Tech campus, killing 33 people, and wounding many more before killing himself. The tragic incident received national as well as international media coverage, and has sparked real concerns about potential backlash towards the Korean, Korean American and broader Asian American communities. The panel addressed whether as lawyers and community leaders are prepared to respond to public relations and media crises in effective and timely manner, both to ensure that the right message is conveyed when the limelight is focused on the Asian American community, and to protect civil liberties and prevent violent backlash against innocent Americans. They discussed the changes since the death of Vincent Chin 25 years ago. The panel also covered what we have learned from the tragedy, and shared their experience surrounding Virginia Tech.

 

Moderation:

Debra Wong Yang of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Panelist:

Gie Kim of McKenzie & Kim, PLC

Dr. Larry Hajime Shinagawa of University of Maryland

Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr. of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Stewart Kwoh of Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California

 

 

 

 

Source: NAPABA 2007 Convention Panel