Opinion: Asian Pacific American Community Must Unite Against Racism, UMD Student Writes

May 31 marked the first-ever National Day of Solidarity Against AAPI Hate. Thousands gathered in major cities across the country to protest against anti-Asian violence that has swept the nation. A flagship rally was held in Washington, D.C., and featured numerous public figures including singer KHA, who performed her original song, “NO MORE,” as a call for the Asian Pacific American community to unite against racism. These nationwide rallies were planned for the last day of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, a time dedicated to…

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Opinion: Early cherry blossoms call for climate policy action, a focus on the Asian American environmental vote

Growing up in Potomac, Maryland, I looked forward to the blooming flowers that hail spring in our region. But the Yoshino cherry blossom trees surrounding Washington, D.C.’s Tidal Basin reached peak bloom earlier than expected this year. Whereas the fourth and fifth stages of the blossom cycle tend to stretch over ten days, the unusually warm weather sped them up to only four. According to the National Park Service, this is the fastest that the trees have moved through these stages in the last thirty…

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“Next Chapter”: AZN Zine’s Second Issue

AZN Zine released its second issue, “Next Chapter,” in December. This new publication strives to connect and empower global Asian communities by serving as a space for Asian creators to share their work. The issue contains poetry, short stories, photography, music, and artwork that “[center] on how growth is necessary to move on to the next chapter.”  Click here to read AZN Zine’s second issue, “Next Chapter.”Click here to read AZN Zine’s first issue, “Outsider.”

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1882 At: “Asian Americans on Celluloid” Launch

On November 14, the Music of Asian America Research Center (MAARC) launched “Asian Americans on Celluloid” at the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival. This film timeline gives students a fun way to learn how Asian American representation and experiences have changed over time.  The initial release contains 20 viewing guides and four introductory essays on Asian American filmmaking eras. MAARC intends to expand it to 45 films over the next year. Eric Hung, MAARC Executive Director and Co-Founder, and Irene Chien, Assistant Professor at Muhlenberg…

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1882 At: (Stay)* At Home for the Holidays with Bryan Eng and CAMDC

The Chinese American Museum in Washington, D.C. sponsored a live virtual holiday concert on December 15th featuring Bryan Eng, a Chicago-based singer, jazz musician, and actor. He was accompanied by Sam Wolsk, DW Jazz Orchestra founder, on trumpet. Bryan and Sam perform "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas." Bryan and Sam performed their own jazz renditions of songs such as “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” “Frosty the Snowman,” “Like Someone in Love,” “Winter Wonderland,” and “The Happy Elf.” The duo…

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1882 At: Chinese American World War II Veterans Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony

On December 9th, Chinese American World War II veterans were recognized in a virtual ceremony with the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor awarded by Congress. Featured speakers included Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Officers of all military branches expressed their gratitude in between military band performances of patriotic songs as well. One in five Chinese Americans volunteered to fight and serve in World War II, totaling…

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