How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed the economy and community in New York City, particularly for Asian New Yorkers? Focusing on this theme, this event will be a dialogue between Nicole Hong, who currently covers New York City’s economy and previously covered criminal justice issues for the New York Times, and Qin Gao, Professor of Social Policy and Social Work at Columbia University. They will discuss: 1) How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed the economy and community in New York City, particularly Asian New Yorkers? 2) What solutions have been debated in response to the rise in reports of anti-Asian violence? And 3) How has the “double pandemic” of COVID-19 and racial discrimination impacted Asian-owned small businesses?
Nicole Hong is a reporter for the New York Times, where she currently writes about New York City’s economy. She previously covered courts, criminal justice issues, and federal investigations. Before joining the New York Times in October 2019, she worked at The Wall Street Journal, where she was part of a team that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in National Reporting for coverage of hush money deals made on behalf of Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Moderator: Qin Gao, Professor and Director of China Center for Social Policy, Columbia School of Social Work