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Fighting the Stigma: Mental Health Among AAPIs, Presented by Ascend and The Commonwealth Club

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While the COVID-19 global pandemic gave rise to anti-Asian hate crimes, we must not forget that the AAPIs have been discriminated against and have been the victims of unprovoked violence long before the pandemic. This reality is evident as demonstrated in the Ascend Foundation’s thought leadership paper entitled "Model Minority Myth & The Doubled-Edged Sword," and numerous Global #AscendTogether Forums to #StopAsianHate, where members from all walks of life shared their lived experiences of being marginalized, scapegoated and feeling like they don’t belong in the workplace and the society. These experiences have far reaching implications on AAPI physical health and—equally important—mental health.

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month and as we conclude the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month, join Ascend and The Commonwealth Club on May 31 as we bring together leaders from a cross-section of industries for a dialogue on "Fighting the Stigma: Mental Health Among AAPIs" and explore: the impact of stoicism, the model minority myth and "perpetual foreigner" on AAPI mental health; practical solutions for empowering the AAPIs to find and amplify their voices on mental health matters; and how companies and communities can together fight the stigma and create a culture of inclusiveness and belonging for AAPIs by destigmatizing mental health.

About the Speakers

Maneet Ahuja is senior editor at Forbes covering everything from Wall Street and billionaires to the intrepid world of entrepreneurs, startups and Silicon Valley. A former Forbes “Under 30” lister herself, she is author of The Alpha Masters and host of Spotify’s “Megatrends” podcast. Before joining Forbes, she was a Knight-Bagehot fellow at Columbia Journalism School and had more than a decade-long tenure at CNBC, most recently as senior editor and co-founder of Delivering Alpha, the network’s flagship annual Wall Street summit. Formerly, as CNBC’s hedge fund specialist, she broke news on various activist campaigns like Herbalife and covered investigations such as Lehman Brothers’ insolvency during the financial crisis. Ahuja got her start in journalism as a part of The Wall Street Journal’s Money & Investing team and began her career at Citigroup at the age of 17—which is where she earned the nickname “Wall Street Maneet.”

Madame Gandhi is an award-winning artist and activist known for her uplifting, percussive electronic music and positive message about gender liberation and personal power. She began producing music in 2015, after her story running the London Marathon free-bleeding to combat menstrual stigma went viral around the world. She has been listed as a Forbes 30 Under 30 in Music, and her 2020 TED Talk about conscious music consumption has been viewed more than a million times. “Waiting For Me,” shot in Mumbai, India, won the Music Video Jury Award at SXSW Film Festival in 2021 and her 100% Organically Sourced x Sound MANA nature sound pack won the New Wav award at the 2021 Splice Awards. Her third studio album, Vibrations, is slated for release in 2022, following the release of her previous albums Voices (2016) and Visions (2019). Gandhi is completing a Masters in music science and technology at Stanford University's CCRMA, where she spent time in Antarctica sampling the sounds of glaciers melting to create empathy and awareness around climate change.


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Tue, May 31 / 12:30 pm PDT

The Commonwealth Club of California
United States

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Maneet Ahuja

Senior Editor, Forbes

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Madame Gandhi

Artist; Activist; Musician

Additional Speakers TBA

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Michelle Meow

Producer and Host, "The Michelle Meow Show," KBCW TV and Podcast; Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors—Host


12:30–1:30 p.m. program
(all times PDT)