A selfie of an Asian family. An elderly woman in the center is taking the selfie. Behind her from left to right are a young girl, a woman, a man and another young girl. They are outside; green grass and trees are behind them. They're smiling and wearing black or navy blue shirts.

Public Event

The Impact of COVID-19 on Greater Boston’s Asian Communities

Stories of Racism and Resilience


October 29, 2020

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM




Asian Americans have lived, worked, and raised families in Greater Boston for more than a century and a half, and this community now represents the fastest growing—and arguably the least understood—group in our region. Made up of many ethnic groups, Greater Boston’s Asian Americans include large populations of Chinese, Indian, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Korean, Filipino, Japanese, Nepalese and Pakistani Americans, all speaking different languages. This diversity extends to educational attainment and social and economic factors.

Please join the Asian Community Fund and the Boston Foundation to learn how the Asian-Pacific Islander (API) community is enduring amidst the challenges of racism and COVID-19. The event will feature a panel of community leaders and will highlight the work and impact of the new Asian Community Fund at the Boston Foundation, which was established to increase the visibility of the community and expand resources for nonprofits that serve disadvantaged Asian Americans.

Paul W. Lee, Chair, Asian Community Fund, Board of Directors, The Boston Foundation;
Retired Partner, Goodwin Procter LLP

Data Presentation
Luc Schuster, Director, Boston Indicators

Panel Discussion and Q&A
Stephen Chan, Vice President of Strategy & Operations, The Boston Foundation (Moderator)
Lisette Le, Executive Director, VietAID
Bethany Li, Senior Attorney & Director,  Asian Outreach Project, Greater Boston Legal Services
Angie Liou, Executive Director, Asian Community Development Corporation


The Asian Community Fund at the Boston Foundation is a permanent endowment that will support and strengthen the ability of nonprofit organizations to serve the Asian American community.  In the process, we will raise the visibility and understanding of the assets and the needs of this growing and diverse demographic group.

By working in collaboration with a wide range of partners, the Boston Foundation provides opportunities for people to come together to explore challenges facing our constantly changing community and to develop an informed civic agenda. All of the Boston Foundation's civic leadership activities are supported by our Annual Campaign for Civic Leadership. Visit www.tbf.org/civicleadership to learn more about this important campaign. Visit www.tbf.org to learn more about the Boston Foundation and its activities.

For additional information, or to register by phone or email, please contact Michelle Hinkle at: