Response Towards the Asian Community During the Pandemic

When 15 Oct 2021
6:00PM - 7:30PM
Where School of Visual Arts
209 East 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010
United States

Though Asian racism is not new in this country, there has recently been a significant increase in the number of attacks against Asian people according to NYPD data. In this virtual lecture, Tokyo-born art therapist Makiko Harada will share her own experiences and review the history of hatred toward Asians. (Note: This lecture will not focus on political stance; rather, Harada will discuss the culture of hate and care.)

This lecture is for those who are willing to cultivate an in-depth understanding of current social justice issues and ethics in the context of art therapy. Harada strongly believes that art therapists have an important role in our society to mitigate and find potential remedies for social problems.

The second part of the talk will be devoted to the arts’ response to racism. In Japan, Amabie, a mythological figure from 400 years ago, made a sensational comeback during the beginning of the pandemic; Amabie will be introduced to the audience during this talk and the psychological meaning of this resurrection will be explained.


Makiko Harada (Young), MA, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT, has a MA in health education from Columbia University and MPS in art therapy from Pratt Institute. She was a director of creative arts therapies at the East 9th Street location of Housing Works and was a faculty member at The New School. She is also an owner of the salt couture business called Glamsalt, which was featured recently in Edible magazine.

School of Visual Arts, MPS Art Therapy Department is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists. #CAT-0054. 1.5 CE hours available for LCATs.

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