Category Archives: Asian American

How did May become APIA Heritage Month?

This May, while attacks against Asian Americans are on the rise, we might ask how May became Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month? There are good reasons for that and a great story behind it. The reasons have to do with … Continue reading

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Asian American students in 6 words

Check out Chalkbeat’s Student Voices project in which Asian American students use six-word stories, artwork, poetry and music to comment on the times they’re experiecning. Kelly Shi, 15, of Queens, New York, is one student who contributed more than one … Continue reading

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What does APIDA mean?

This year’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, which begins May 1, continues to evolve. There are at least three factors changing the month, first recognized as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in 1990. It had previously been just … Continue reading

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Anti-Asian violence fueled by model minority myth

The model minority myth plays a role in today’s violence against Asians. Its damages have several dimensions. The myth is that Asians are universally successful. You can learn about where the myth came from and why it is not true … Continue reading

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Asian American street hero hits back twice

Xiao Zhen Xie, the 75-year-old woman who sent her attacker to the hospital, has flipped the script again. She has pledged a GoFundMe account started in her name, which seems likely to pass $1 million, to help fight discrimination. Most … Continue reading

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Anti-Asian racism on rise recently

After three racist taunts in an hour at the New Orleans National Airport CNN correspondent Amara Walker, whose craft it is to tell others’ stories, told her own. She was accosted in unrelated taunts because she is Asian American. She … Continue reading

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CBS, CNN expanding race coverage

CNN this week announced it will expand and advance its coverage of race in America. In a memo to staff on Monday, CNN president Jeff Zucker wrote, “There are structural changes and investments we can and will make to better … Continue reading

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Asians, Blacks report Covid-related bias

The Pew Research Center reported July 1 that, besides the Covid-19 concerns that everyone is dealing with, Asian and Black people are experiencing a rise in virus-related discrimination. Almost 40% of American adults said they have noticed a rise in … Continue reading

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‘Foreign virus’ is calculated, wrong and dangerous, historians say

President Donald Trump’s labeling of Covid-19 as a “foreign virus” or “Chinese virus,” is not being seen as a sign of forgetfulness, but as a deliberate ploy to connect disease with people from other places. From the Oval Office over … Continue reading

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Virus eclipses China’s Lunar New Year

The Chinese New Year, reportedly the world’s biggest annual travel event, is being tamped down by limits on travel restrictions over the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. The BBC reports that ┬átravel restrictions have cover more than 36 million people … Continue reading

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