In the midst of our current global health crisis, the deliberate use of terms like “Chinese flu” and “Wuhan virus” has underscored hundreds of reports of racism and xenophobia directed to Asian-Americans. The spike has been so high that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently called on employers to be more attentive about creating “respectful workplaces” as reports continue to emerge about the harassment and mistreatment directed to people of Asian descent, in reaction to the novel coronavirus.
In this podcast, Littler Principal Cindy-Ann Thomas and her guests, Littler Shareholder Tahl Tyson and businesswoman Jeanne Guanzon discuss the following issues, among others:
- Reasons for the persistent rhetoric pertaining to original terms given to COVID-19
- The historical, cyclical and personal realities of anti-Asian bias in the U.S.
- The roles that leaders must play in dialing down “otherness” and “exclusion” – particularly in times of crisis.
- What affirmative steps can organizations – and their leaders – take to bridge this developing divide in a post-COVID-19 world.
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Special Thanks to CGCC Member company Littler for sharing this podcast.
Founded in 2005, the China General Chamber of Commerce – USA (“CGCC”) has been recognized as the largest and most influential non-profit organization representing Chinese enterprises in the U.S. Its membership consists of more than 1,500 Chinese and U.S. companies, 54 of which are ranked on the 2019 Fortune Global 500. CGCC’s mission is to create value, generate economic growth, and enhance cooperation between the U.S. and Chinese business communities. CGCC conducts extensive research and provides a broad range of programs, services, and resources to its members and key stakeholders in an effort to foster the mutual understanding, trust, and engagement between China and the U.S. As of 2019, CGCC’s Chinese member companies have cumulatively invested over $123 billion, employ more than 220,000 people, and support over one million jobs throughout the United States.
CGCC is a national organization and includes CGCC-New York (CGCCUSA-HQ), CGCC-Chicago, CGCC-Houston, CGCC-Los Angeles, CGCC-San Francisco, and CGCC-Washington D.C.