Baraboo Talks Event

AAPI Baraboo Talks Event – Thursday, May 20 at 6:30 p.m.

Hate crimes targeting Asian people rose by nearly 150 percent in the United States last year, according to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University in San Bernardino.

In response to the rise of anti-Asian hate crimes in the U.S. and in commemoration of May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, a free virtual Baraboo Talks event will take place over Zoom on Thursday, May 20th at 6:30 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the Baraboo Acts Coalition, Baraboo First United Methodist Church, Baraboo School District, UW-Madison Extension Sauk County, UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County and the Village of West Baraboo.

The event’s keynote speaker will be Hee-Soo Jung, Bishop of the Wisconsin Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Bishop Jung will speak about Uncovering Anti-Asian Racism and Xenophobia.

Bishop Jung has served as the resident bishop of the Wisconsin Annual Conference since 2012. He is currently the president of the General Board of Global Ministry and chair of the United Methodist Korean National Plan. He serves as a member of the Ecumenical Forum for Korea at Geneva, Switzerland, and is actively involved in Korea peace and reconciliation.  He has also served as president of the United Methodist Committee on Relief, also known as UMCOR, and as a member of the United Methodist National Hispanic Plan.

Following Bishop Jung’s keynote address, event participants will be invited to engage in a discussion as to how we can promote unity, equity and inclusivity in our community. Prior to the May 20th event, participants will be encouraged to watch the video, “FUEL Milwaukee’s Race Bridge: The Movement Against Anti-Asian Racism” which can be found at:

To register for this free Baraboo Talks virtual event:

For additional information, please contact the church office at (608) 356-3991.