Intern’s Thoughts: “National AAPI Community Leaders Speak Out in Support of Black Community and Call for Healing” Press Conference

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this post are those of the author and/or individuals referenced from the press conference, and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of The 1882 Foundation. Read the 1882 Foundation’s official statement on our website, and learn more about the press conference here. In light of recent events surrounding police brutality, #BlackLivesMatter, and racial justice in America, the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) and Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) hosted a…

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1882 At: “SOLIDARITY CONVOS: Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders for Black Lives”

The first of a new series called “SOLIDARITY CONVOS” aired last week in a collaboration between Act To Change, an anti-bullying organization geared towards APIA youth, and NextShark, an Asian and Asian American news outlet. “SOLIDARITY CONVOS” are virtual conversations designed to promote unity among racial minorities. They have a similar setup to Act to Change’s existing series, “COVID-19 CONVOS,” which addresses the increase of racist incidents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Moderated by Maulik Pancholy, the co-founder of Act to Change, this first installment featured…

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1882 At: NCAPA Solidarity Press Conference

The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) held a press conference on June 5th in the aftermath of George Floyd’s recent death. Floyd was an unarmed Black man who died two weeks ago on May 25th. A white police officer killed him after kneeling on his neck for almost nine minutes outside of a shop in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The conference featured a number of speakers: Congresswoman Judy Chu, Senator Tammy Duckworth, Bao Vang, Bo Thao-Urabe, Lakshmi Sridaran, and Tavae Samuelu. In each of their statements,…

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1882 At: Beatley Library’s Author Talk with Adrienne Berard

Beatley Library in Alexandria, Virginia hosted a discussion with Adrienne Berard, the author of ​Water Tossing Boulders​. This book explains how a family of Chinese immigrants fought to desegregate schools in the Jim Crow South. Racism deeply influenced Southern policy during the Jim Crow era, a time period that spanned from the end of the Civil War to the beginning of the 1950s civil rights movement. Many public places were segregated along a black/white binary, which Ms. Berard displayed in a photo slideshow at the beginning…

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This is America: Hidden Histories in American Art

On August 18, the 1882 Foundation interns presented their capstone projects at an inter(n)-generational showcase Talk Story. My project was This is America, a virtual tour of the Smithsonian American Art Museum exploring hidden Chinese American histories behind four pieces. Watch my presentation here. For more details, read the tour guide below!   Museums in America have historically been places of privilege, specifically white male privilege. While many institutions today are trying to combat this– for example, the Metropolitan Museum of Art adding “Native Perspectives” texts to…

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1882 At: APAICS Women’s Collective Summit (Vlog!)

Emily Wang and Bianca Villao On July 25th, fellow intern Bianca Villao and I attended APAICS inaugural Women’s Collective Summit. The summit’s purpose was to “bring powerful AAPI women together to share, to inspire, and to take bold action towards creating a more representative democracy.” We met many women who are changing their communities for the better, and we left inspired to do the same. Thank you to APAICS for organizing this summit and to the extraordinary speakers! Watch the summit unfold here: https://youtu.be/5EP61TlzlEA

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