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Cynthia Choi      

Co-Director of Chinese for Affirmative Action

Cynthia Choi is the Co-Executive Director of Chinese for Affirmative Action, a 50-year-old community-based civil rights organization based in San Francisco, which aims to advance racial justice, economic justice, education equity, and immigrant rights. Most recently, she was the Vice President of Philanthropic Partnerships at Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), where she was responsible for leveraging strategic opportunities to advance AAPI social justice issues and philanthropic investments.

In response to the alarming escalation in xenophobia and bigotry resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council (A3PCON), Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), and the Asian American Studies Department of San Francisco State University launched the Stop AAPI Hate reporting center on March 19, 2020. The center tracks and responds to incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning, and child bullying against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders throughout the United States.

Through their reports and advocacy, Stop AAPI Hate has raised national awareness about the issue of anti-Asian hate and counted thousands of reports of anti-Asian hate incidents. By identifying patterns and sources of anti-Asian racism, they are better able to support government agencies and community-based organizations that request assistance. They offer practical solutions and policy recommendations for long-term change.

Stop AAPI Hate also educates corporations, schools, and community groups about anti-Asian racism and how we can collectively address it and are developing community resources.

Prior to joining AAPIP, Choi led local, state, and national community-based organizations working on a range of issues, including reproductive rights, gender violence, immigrant and refugee rights, and environmental justice issues.

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