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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2022

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Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

The school is honored to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. SAIS students, faculty, and staff are welcome to join the following events.

A Healing Mindset: Mental Health for the Asian Diaspora in the Digital World

Thursday, May 5 | 8:00 p.m. EDT
Mental health/mental health service access for Asian American is an issue of public health long overdue to address: according to the CDC, young Asian American (15-24) are the only racial group with suicide as the leading cause of death. Combined with issues of Asian Hate during the pandemic, Asian Americans have been victimized by several mental public health crises.

Three of the players in this field trying to change this are Eric, Eddie and Brian Nam, co-founders of MINDSET. Eric Nam has been at the forefront of changing the lack of Asian representation in media with Eddie Nam (co-founder) and Brian Nam (CEO). MINDSET is an app which connects the user to stories of their favorite artists who talk about their mental health journeys and ways they overcame adversity.

Join a conversation on mental health, Asian diaspora and digitalization with Dr. Susan Han, Associate Director for Outreach & Senior Staff Psychologist at the JHU Counseling center, Dr. Michelle Kaufman, Associate Professor in the Mental Health department at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Eric, Eddie and Brian Nam, founders of MINDSET.

Johns Hopkins/SAIS students only


The Rise of Anti-Asian Hate in America with CNN’s Lisa Ling

Monday, May 9 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. EDT
Join Lisa Ling, executive producer and host of “This Is Life” on CNN, for a discussion on "The Rise of Anti-Asian Hate in America."

This event is hosted by the Johns Hopkins Center for Advanced Governmental Studies.

Open to the SAIS community and public


JHU Distinguished Speaker Series with Lisa Chang

Monday, May 9 | 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. EDT
Join the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School for its Distinguished Speaker Series in a fireside chat with Lisa Chang, global chief people officer for The Coca-Cola Company, and Dean Alex Triantis.

Lisa Chang is the global chief people officer for The Coca-Cola Company, overseeing the company's talent and people strategies, culture, and diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. In her role, which she has held since 2019, she is responsible for leading the company's global people strategy, aligned to the company's purpose of refreshing the world and making a difference. Chang and her team are focused on creating an environment where employees can thrive, and equips the organization to win.

The Distinguished Speaker Series brings to Johns Hopkins Carey Business School the most accomplished business professionals from CEOs of multinational corporations to national and state politicians, to discuss today's most compelling business challenges.

Open to the SAIS community and public


The Global Korea Working Paper Series Symposium

Tuesday, May 17 | 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT
Students whose papers were selected by the Korea Studies Working Paper Series review committee will present their research at the Symposium! The Symposium will involve discussions related to the Korean Peninsula, such as cybersecurity, energy politics, alliance, supply chains, multilateral security frameworks, and culture.
Dr. Kent Calder and Dr. Jongil You (Dean of the KDI School) will provide opening remarks, and the three sessions with students’ presentation will be moderated by Dr. Baran Han, Dr. Miyeon Oh, and Dr. Joshua White.
Open to the SAIS community and public

Author Talk - Alka Joshi, Author of The Henna Artist

Wednesday, May 18 | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT
Alka Joshi was born in India and raised in the U.S. since the age of nine. She has a BA from Stanford University and an MFA from California College of Arts. At age 62, Joshi published her debut novel, The Henna Artist, which immediately became a New York Times bestseller, a Reese Witherspoon Bookclub pick, was Longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, has been translated into 26 languages, and is being developed into an episodic series by Netflix. The acclaimed sequel, The Secret Keeper of Jaipur, will be followed by the third book in the trilogy in 2023.

The Henna Artist tells the story of Lakshmi, who escapes an arranged and abusive marriage in her rural village to the vibrant pink city of Jaipur in the 1950s. There she becomes the henna artist—and confidante—most in demand to the wealthy women of the upper class. Known for her original designs and sage advice, Lakshmi must tread carefully to avoid the jealous gossips who could ruin her reputation and her livelihood. As she pursues her dream of an independent life, she is startled one day when she is confronted by her husband, who has tracked her down with a high-spirited young girl in tow—a sister Lakshmi never knew she had. Suddenly the caution that she has carefully cultivated as protection is threatened. Vivid and compelling in its portrait of one woman’s struggle for fulfillment in a society pivoting between the traditional and the modern, The Henna Artist opens a door into a world that is at once lush and fascinating, stark and cruel.

Open to the SAIS community and public


Women in Global Health: Exploring Non-Academic Careers with Hsien-Hsien Lei

Wednesday, May 25 | 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. EDT
Join the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health for the next Women in Global Health: Exploring Non-Academic Careers session with Hsien-Hsien Lei, PhD '98, the CEO of AmCham Singapore.

Open to the SAIS community and public