Episode #5: Elevating Asian Issues with Forrest Liu

Ben Kaplan
Ben Kaplan
min running time
September 27, 2023

In this must-listen episode, Forrest Liu and Ben Kaplan take you on an emotional and inspiring journey from being an "accidental activist" to a community leader fighting for justice in San Francisco's Asian community.

Discover how one man's personal experience ignited a city-wide movement, and how you, too, can make a difference.

Tune in to hear candid conversations about collective action, the future of San Francisco, and the power of showing up.

Episode Insights:

• Activist Forrest Liu discusses Asian hate in San Francisco, where 1/3 of the population is Asian, but concerns are often swept under the rug.

• Moments of collective action and change in San Francisco, fueled by frustration and a sense of urgency.

• Liu became involved in local politics to advocate for the community's safety and human rights, leading recall efforts and galvanizing the Asian community in November 2022.

• Reflection on decline of Asian power in San Francisco under Ed Lee's mayoralty.

• How Asian Americans are often overlooked in discussions of racial injustice and housing inequality, despite making up a significant portion of San Francisco's population.

• Asian American community needs to advocate for itself more, especially in politics and mental health.

• The need for a new approach to addressing San Francisco's issues, moving away from radical ideas that have failed and towards pragmatism.

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