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Despite the increase in awareness regarding the AAPI Community, there is more that people don’t understand than do, and in spite of the stereotypes, the AAPI community is not monolithic. However, many AAPI youth struggle to discover their identity in a country that has long “othered” AAPI, this program will provide frameworks to develop who they are as AAPI.

Sam Hyun accomplishes this by laying out critical pillars of AAPI History. The Yellow Peril, Perpetual Foreigner Narrative, and the Model Minority Myth. He takes students through a journey of discovery using historical context, reframing what it means to be AAPI, and where the community currently stands on issues directly impacting the people. In this program, students will learn to understand the intersections of AAPI Identity, the impact the community has had in the United States, and find pride in who they are. That the AAPI Community is no longer invisible. We matter, as we always have.

Sam Hyun is a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion speaker who is has worked in the raising awareness around anti-asian and racism. Sam holds a Masters in Public Policy with a concentration in Poverty Alleviation, as well as a Masters in Business Administration with a focus on Social Impact, both at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management.

Sam Hyun approach to speaking is engaging with the audience through authenticity and in a relatable manner. Whether that means making complicated and nuanced discussions like race into understandable content that is lighter on jargon. Or whether that is being succinct and to the point, by not beating around the bush and being straightforward with the audience.

He has been asked by leaders in other communities of color, such as the Urban League, Anti-Defamation League, American Jewish Committee to speak in solidarity with their respective communities against hate. Sam Hyun has been featured in Forbes, Good Morning America, the front page of the Boston Globe, and many other publications for his work. Over the years, he has given dozens of speeches, panel discussions, and presentations.

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