1882 At: China Fashion Gala 2020

The China Institute and the Yue-Sai Kan China Beauty Charity Fund held the fifth annual China Fashion Gala on July 23rd with the theme, “One World in Beauty.” This event presented the fashion label Heaven Gaia and raised $500,000 for the Yue-Sai Kan China Beauty Charity Fund, which supports women and children globally through health, culture, and education programs. The Gala opened with a recording of individual musicians playing “Mo Li Hua,” a Chinese folk song that translates to “Jasmine Flower.” The video featured accomplished…

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1882 At: CAPAL | 2020 Washington Leadership Program Session V: Be the Change: Energy & Sustainability

The Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) hosted “Be the Change: Energy & Sustainability” on July 22nd as the final installment of its 2020 Washington Leadership Program. This series of bi-weekly sessions provided resources to inspire civic engagement among emerging leaders. The conference’s theme, “Moving Forward,” brought awareness to the United States’ current events and their connections to Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) experiences. This panel discussion focused on addressing environmental challenges, amplifying underrepresented voices, and sharing local and national sustainability…

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1882 At: CAPAL | Washington Leadership Program Session – “Hidden Faces of Immigration”

Event Speakers:  Glenn D. Magpantay, Esq. | Executive Director of the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) Jacinta Ma | Vice President of Policy and Advocacy at the National Immigration Forum Quyen Dinh | Executive Director of the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) Lakshmi Sridaran | Executive Director of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) Shyam Gadwal [Moderator] | Vice-President of Programs at Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) Scholars This summer CAPAL (Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership) hosted their 2020 Washington Leadership…

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1882 At: Asian American Call With the Movement for Black Lives

Following recent momentum around the Black Lives Matter movement, many Asian-Americans have sought out ways to educate themselves on anti-Blackness, stand in solidarity with Black communities around the nation, and work with Black Americans to dismantle white supremacy. To this end, the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) co-hosted an event with dozens of AAPI-centered organizations. The event brought together representatives from M4BL and AAPI community, creating  an audience of nearly 5,000 in an urgent call for action directly from one of the most prominent forces…

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1882 At: IGNITE | Young Women Vote Virtual Summit

Co-written by: Sabrina Brogniart & Saniya Han IGNITE hosted the Young Women Vote Virtual Summit to educate young voters on effective voter engagement strategies for upcoming elections. IGNITE alumna who have ran — or are currently running — for elected office spoke about their experiences and advised the audience on how to encourage civic participation from their peers. The keynote speakers for this event were Congresswoman Susan Brooks (5th District of Indiana), Valerie B. Jarrett (Senior Distinguished Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School), and…

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Asian American Entertainment in the Exclusion Era Recap

The 1882 Foundation, Music of Asian America Research Center (MAARC), and Alexandria Library coordinated a program on July 11th to share the rich history of Asian American entertainment during the Exclusion Era. Between 1875 and 1943, the United States severely limited immigration from Asian countries. Ethnic enclaves developed in the midst of these restrictions, maintaining cultural familiarity and connection among Asian Americans. Eric Hung, MAARC’s Executive Director and Co-Founder, and Nancy Rao, MAARC’s President, researched how entertainment within these communities contributed to a lasting Asian…

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