Emmy Award-Winning Co-Anchor of ABC’s Nightline
One of the most prominent Asian Americans in broadcast news, Juju Chang is the Emmy Award-winning co-anchor of ABC News Nightline and a regular contributor to Good Morning America and 20/20. With the rise of hate crimes against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, Chang leveraged her platform to become a much-admired champion of social change. She made U.S. broadcast history co-anchoring the 2021 ABC News Live special, Stop The Hate: The Rise In Violence Against Asian Americans alongside fellow Korean-American co-anchor Eva Pilgrim and a cast of AAPI journalists, thought leaders, lawmakers and celebrities. Chang also reported from the scene at the mass shootings at three Asian-themed spas in Atlanta, co-anchoring the ABC News 20/20 breaking news special, Murder In Atlanta. Read More >
Stop the Hate: The Rise in Violence Against Asian Americans | ABC News
A History of Stereotypes That Perpetuated Anti-Asian Bias | Nightline
News Anchor Reel
2022 WGU Phoenix Commencement Address Clip
Coronavirus Health Disparities | Nightline
Doctors Move From Hospitals to COVID-19 Testing Sites to Treat Communities of Color | ABC News
Murder in Atlanta | 20/20
It began when presidential-level taunts about “the China virus” and “Kung Flu” fanned the flames of violence against members of the Asian community. An 85-year-old Thai-American grandfather was senselessly pushed to the ground in San Francisco, later dying of his injuries. An 83-year-old Korean-American grandmother in White Plains, New York was spit on, punched in the face, knocked unconscious and left lying in her own blood. Then came the horrific mass shootings at the Atlanta spas that killed eight, including six women of Asian descent. Asian Hate had become a tragic symptom of COVID-19, with AAIP people of all ethnicities and backgrounds being blamed for the pandemic. In this moving talk, Emmy winner Juju Chang examines the root causes of anti-Asian xenophobia — racism that is deep-seated in both American history and American culture. Citing positive examples of rising activism and advocacy, Chang breaks generations of suffering in silence to drive an honest and thought-provoking discussion of how we can all come together as allies to create real and lasting change.
When Juju Chang started out as a young journalist, she would dress in masculine clothing to “look as tough as the guys” and shy away from reporting on the AAPI community for fear of being pigeon-holed. Today, she not only embraces her identities as a woman, mother of three sons, wife, volunteer, Jew by Choice and Asian American — she actively brings her lived experience to her work as an award-winning journalist and network anchor. From co-hosting a prime-time news special on Asian Hate and highly praised coverage of the Atlanta Spa Shootings, to covering gender inequality, immigrant stories and human rights around the world, Juju has elevated her career by whole-heartedly bringing her life experience, identities and passion for social justice to her work. In this inspiring talk, Juju empowers more women to celebrate their authentic selves, blend their talents with their passions, and bring their invaluable lived experiences to their professional roles. According to Juju, it’s also a win-win for any organization. Celebrating diversity of experience helps to create more inclusive and innovative workplace cultures that are also more in touch with their communities and customers.
“Oooh…you look so exotic…” “You’re a delicate lotus flower… ” “So, where are you from…I mean, really from?” Juju Chang’s answer: “CALIFORNIA!” While these kinds of comments seem benign and are mistakenly meant to be complimentary, Asian-American women have universally endured them as part of a dehumanizing trope that characterizes them as hypersexualized, weak and submissive. Now, in the COVID-driven era of Asian Hate, this stereotyping has escalated to include verbal assaults, mass shootings, and a crime rate against AAPI women that is twice that of AAPI men. According to one expert, it even feeds into rape culture. In this revealing talk — which draws heavily on her acclaimed reporting of the mass shootings at Asian-themed spas in Atlanta and conversations with scores of women throughout her lifetime — Juju Chang brings a compelling voice to a long-standing issue that is only beginning to be discussed. She also takes on unconscious bias, the notorious “bamboo ceiling,” and how we can all stand up to fight biases against AAPI women in our workplaces and communities.
The AAPI identity includes over 50 ethnic or language groups, but there’s one thing they have in common: A feeling of “otherism” that includes being asked “but, where are you really from?” even if their family has been in the U.S. for generations. This “otherism” was weaponized during the pandemic, with anti-Asian hate crimes rising 169% in 15 American cities during the first three months of 2021 alone. In a conversation with members of your organization, Juju Chang takes on key components of biases against Asian Americans and the ways they are harmed, including scapegoating and the fetishization and dehumanization of women. She also confronts the “model minority myth,”: the “Crazy Rich Asian” mischaracterization that renders a huge populations of low-income Asian Americans invisible. Believing that the best way to end unconscious bias is to get to know someone different and hear their personal story and points of view, Juju leads a thought-provoking conversation that increases understanding and amplifies allyship.
In May of 2020, when New York City was the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, Juju Chang reported from one of the epicenters of the epicenter: the South Bronx. Home to 1.5 million, people, the South Bronx had the city’s highest rate of COVID deaths. Contributing factors included a high proportion of essential workers, inability to work at home, density of housing, and intergenerational households. But Juju’s reporting revealed that the true root cause was actually poverty itself. In the Bronx and in poor communities across the U.S., COVID was merely shining a light on long-standing healthcare disparities and inequities. In this America, children were twice as likely to have asthma because of environmental pollution, mold, mildew and vermin; adults have higher rates of hypertension, diabetes; and all are impacted by food insecurity and lack of access to healthcare. In fact, even before COVID, someone living in the Upper East Side of Manhattan lived 10 years longer than someone in the South Bronx. In this powerful talk highlighted by clips that give voice to actual South Bronx residents ranging from a nurse and a hospital sanitation worker to community activists, Juju examines healthcare disparities in America — and how we must not forget the fatal inequities that the pandemic laid bare.
“50% Korean. 100% Jewish.” That’s how Jew by Choice Juju Chang describes her three sons with husband Neal Shapiro. Their blended cultures share a reverence for education, a powerful immigrant experience, and sadly, a history of persecution, discrimination, “otherism” and scapegoating in the United States. In this highly personal talk, Juju shares her journey to Judaism and Jewish identity and discusses the historical parallels between Asian Hate and anti-Semitism. Noting that the Trump and COVID-era rise in internet hate speech against Asians was first flagged by the Anti-Defamation League’s Jonathan Greenblatt, Juju calls for the two communities to become allies against the rising forces of hate in our country.
"I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you again to you and Juju. Juju is an incredibly gifted storyteller and the feedback and praise for her has simply been outstanding. I'm so grateful that she was able to take time out of her busy schedule to have a thoughtful, truthful, and inspiring conversation with us and to share her lived experiences with our audience. It was really special, magical even. Thank you so much. I look forward to collaborating with you and other speakers in the near future."
“Juju was outstanding. From the first minute through the last Q&A response, she captivated the whole school and everyone was raving about her while we still had her on campus the remainder of the day! The afternoon faculty session did not disappoint either—we did group work on two real scenarios and Juju helped talk about some identified themes related to the AAPI experience that we collected from AAPI community members of our school. She has helped us set a nice foundation for further conversation and work to ensure our community and personal character are knowledgeable and supportive of AAPI people globally.”
“Juju Chang was spectacular! She took the trouble to become familiar with the work of our other speakers and beautifully interacted with them and with the audience, while at the same time raising new questions about the state of Asian Americans. We couldn't have asked for a better interlocutor. 180 people registered for the event, a record for us. We are pretty sure it was Ms. Chang who attracted such great interest. She helped us fulfill our goals in an outstanding way. We are filled with appreciation and deep gratitude.”
"Ms. Chang was amazing. Participants responded well to her session and I would highly recommend her to others."
"It was wonderful. She was kind and smart and generous and our students felt seen and supported and heard."
"Juju was wonderful! The feedback has been great. She was passionate, informative and just so open. So glad she joined us."
"Juju was an amazing guest! Very likeable and easy to get along with. She was super friendly with everyone from our Provost to our student interns. We loved meeting and talking with her. Her event was also excellent."
"Her presentation yesterday was the best, most concise and accurate description of being an Asian American. I would have gone further and said discrimination continues through college, employment, and housing. Kudos to NYSSBA for Ms. Chang's selection."
"Thank you for the great talk and your emphasis on kindness and making allyship! I hope the conversation continues here at IUPUI and we see you again in the future with much better circumstances regarding DEI! Thank you everyone for making this opportunity to bring this wonderful lecture!"
"Juju was absolutely wonderful today! The employees were truly inspired by her story. We received emails from attendees congratulating us on being able to bring a such a big news celebrity to the Big Red Talks series and thanking us for shedding light on various topics facing the AAPI community today. They were grateful and so are we. It has been a pleasure working with you and look forward to working together more in the future. Thank you for everything."
"It was GREAT. The stories Juju shared were extremely moving and really tapped into the emotional realm of our employees."
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