Act to Change Presents Covid-19 Convos #3: Rising Above Bullying and Hate with Jeremy Lin and Maulik Pancholy on May 1

Sadly by now, we have either faced or know someone who has faced harassment or bullying due to Coronavirus fears. Anti-Asian Racism continues to rise, and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is another chance for us to show that we are not the virus.

To combat this, ACT TO CHANGE is organizing a virtual #CovidConvos series. Join the third webinar in the series, with Actor, Author & Co-Founder of Act To Change  Maulik Pancholy and Jeremy Lin, Professional Basketball Player, Beijing Ducks. The webinar to kick off #APAHM is on Friday, May 1st at 5pm PT, 8pm ET. RSVP to join this important conversation:

Jeremy Lin, the first Asian American to win an NBA championship, joins Act To Change’s third edition of Covid-19 Convos. Covid-19 Convos is a series of virtual conversations to discuss ways in which parents, educators, students, and community members can come together to combat the increasing anti-Asian racism during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Jeremy has been vocal about the bullying and racism he’s faced on and off the court, and is no stranger to feeling like a foreigner in his own country. “I grew up and played basketball in America and all anyone wanted to tell me is that I wasn’t American. Now I’m playing basketball in China and I’m considered a foreigner. I’m just as confused as everybody else.”

With his direct donation of $500,000 to Direct Relief and Feeding America, with a pledge to match all donations up to an additional $500,000, he has shown that the Asian American community is not the virus, but rather part of the cure. Join us in hearing more from Jeremy about how we can stand in solidarity in these troubling times.

Act To Change is a public awareness campaign working to address bullying, including in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.

Kids and teens are bullied in schools all across the country. Unfortunately, many AAPI youth who are bullied face unique cultural, religious, and language barriers that can keep them from getting help.

Post on social media, check out resources in your language, and take the pledge today to commit to #ActToChange.

Maulik Pancholy is an award-winning actor whose career has spanned hit television shows, animated series, the Broadway stage, and films. He played Alec Baldwin’s intrepid assistant Jonathan on the Emmy®, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award-winning NBC comedy 30 Rock, and Sanjay on the Showtime hit series Weeds. He also played Neal on the NBC comedy Whitney, and his numerous recurring and guest starring roles include The Good Fight, Dynasty, Star Trek: Discovery, Elementary, Friends from College, The Good Wife , Web Therapy, The Comeback, The Sopranos, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. For his work on television, he has been nominated for and won the Screen Actors Guild Award on multiple occasions.

Pancholy has entertained both children and adults as the voice of Baljeet on the Emmy® award-winning Disney animated series Phineas & Ferb, and as the title voice of Sanjay on Nickelodeon’s Sanjay & Craig. He has appeared in blockbuster films such as Hitch and 27 Dresses, and his many theater credits include starring on Broadway opposite Matthew Broderick and Martin Short in Terrence McNally’s It’s Only A Play, and playing opposite Ed Harris in David Rabe’s Good For Otto.

He served on President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and he is the cofounder of the anti-bullying campaign Act to Change. Maulik lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his husband, Ryan, and his dog, T-Rex.

Instagram: @maulikpancholy
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Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

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