February 3, 2022

Happy Lunar New Year, AAJA Family! As you celebrate with loved ones and eat delicious food, consider supporting empowered AAPI journalism.

  • HQ Updates & Opportunities: Only eight spots left in our Digital Reporting Intensive
  • Upcoming Events: The Space sessions are back, Stephanie Foo's forthcoming memoir
  • #AAJAKudos & Resources: Corky Lee's memory and work lives on
  • Member BylinesCelebrating Lunar New Years


Happy Lunar New Year!
This Lunar New Year, we ask for your red envelopes to strengthen the powerful network of journalists that is #AAJAFamily. Let’s bring our full humanity, always, in the Year of the Tiger and beyond. Click here to donate to AAJA.

Work with AAJA as our Director of Operations
AAJA is hiring a Director of Operations who will be responsible for the oversight of operational and administrative systems. The ideal candidate will be a strong project manager who can create agile, adaptable, flexible processes that serve, not encumber, a small and nimble team. Apply now.

Submit work to the AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards
We’re proud to announce the return of our Journalism Excellence Awards, which underwent restructuring over the past year in the spirit of innovation and boldly moving forward. These awards will honor the best of journalism over the past two years, recognizing works produced by AAJA members in 2020 and 2021. Submit work for consideration by Tuesday, March 1, 2022.

Continuing to honor Corky Lee
January 27 marked the one-year anniversary of Corky Lee’s death. Corky was a beloved AAJA-er, incredible photographer and AAPI trailblazer who continues to inspire new generations of photojournalists today. In honor of his memory, the AAJA Photojournalists Affinity Group and AAJA-New York have upcoming opportunities dedicated to celebrating his memory and work. Stay tuned for more details.

Chapter Elections wrap-up
Congratulations to all new chapter leaders elected over the past two months! Tag us in your announcement posts so we can celebrate new additions to AAJA leadership. See the elected AAJA-NY board and AAJA-LA board.

🌆 #AAJA22 Program Pitches Extended to February 11!

We've extended the deadline for convention programming pitches to Friday, February 11. This is your opportunity to shape the Los Angeles convention! Submit your pitches now.


Visit AAJA Careers or follow @AAJACareers on Twitter to stay up-to-date on our career, internship and other opportunities. Check in with your AAJA chapters for more opportunities.

For Students:

  • AAJA Scholarships | Apply now for 2022-23 scholarships. Sports Task Force deadlines extended to February 15
  • JCamp 2022 Our flagship summer training program for high school students will be in Los Angeles this year. Apply by March 31.
  • VOICES 2022Apply to our journalism program for college students by March 31.
  • *new* The Sacramento Bee internship | In partnership with The Sacramento Bee, AAJA-Sacramento is sponsoring a paid 10-week summer internship program for aspiring journalists. Apply by April 1.

For Professionals:

External Opportunities 

  • The Thousand Miles Project | UCP and writer/producer Soo Hugh has launched a talent incubator dedicated to jumpstarting the careers of writers with Asian Pacific Islander stories to tell. Apply to join their inaugural class by March 31.  
  • OpenNews stipends | OpenNews is offering stipends to journalists who work with data and code, which they can use for conference expenses, including #AAJA22. The first round of applications is open until February 11.

🗓 Upcoming Events

February 23 | AAJA-HQ
The Space: “How healthy are your relationships? A conversation about establishing clear boundaries among relationships in the family, workplace, and community.” Join clinician and speaker Jeanie Y. Chang, LMFT, CCTP, CIMHP for our first session of The Space this year, honoring heart health month through healthy relationship-building. We'll have an open, honest conversation about experiencing a sense of belonging while living with ongoing trauma in the pandemic. Save the date.

Date TBD | AAJA-New York
Book Club with Stephanie Foo Join AAJA-New York for a chat with Stephanie Foo ahead of her memoir, What My Bones Know, releasing on February 22Stephanie looked great on paper—a producer at This American Life, a loving boyfriend. But behind closed doors, she was crying every morning in her office. When she was finally diagnosed with complex PTSD, her polished veneer came crashing down. In What My Bones Know, Stephanie embarks on a healing journey, researching the science and psychology of C-PTSD and trying out a number of treatments. An unflinching memoir filled with relentless hope, Publisher’s Weekly called What My Bones Know “a work of immense beauty.”


📓 News About News
AKA, our resources section.

in memoriam Penguin Random House will publish a book of Corky Lee’s photographs, tracing his career and our community.

#VeryAsian Michelle Li and Gia Vang talked to Patranya Bhoolsuwan of PHLV Radio for “#FamilyInFocus: A #VeryAsian Movement.”

member interview Lisa Ling discussed her HBO series “Take Out” on “146: They Call Us Lisa Ling” by Jeff Yang and Phil Yu for They Call Us Bruce.

COVID-19 health The Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum has launched a National AA and NH/PI Health Response Partnership, featuring COVID-19 health resources for AAPI communities on vaccines, hate crimes and other translated materials.

study Selena Rezvani and Stacey A. Gordon presented a human-centric approach to DEI in the Harvard Business Review, emphasizing sharing individual diversity stories.

👏 #AAJAKudos to...
Celebrate your achievements with us—tag @aaja on Twitter or let us know on Slack.


Lunar New Year greetings and stories from members of the ABC7 News Bay Area team: David Louie (pictured), Dion Lim, Kristen Sze, Reggie Aqui, Sandhya Patel and Alok Patel. Watch it here.

On Our List 📺📸📰🎧

Follow us on Twitter @aaja for more works on our radar from the AAJA community.

  • “The Dark Purpose Behind A Town Constable’s Journal” by Michael Luo, The New Yorker
  • “Hundreds March in S.F. to Mark Thai Grandfather Vicha Ratanapakdee's Death” by Shawn Chitnis, KPIX 5/CBS SF Bay Area
  • “Ann Lai Filed A Lawsuit To Tell This Story” by Stephanie Clifford, ELLE 
  • Misinformation on Social Media in India Is Causing Tension Among Families” by Siri Chilukuri, Teen Vogue
  • “Anti-Asian Hate Leaves Asian American Seniors At Risk of Hunger” by Amy Yee, Bloomberg
  • “Reconnecting With My Roots Through ‘Jelly, Ben & Pogo’” by Emily Tan, PBS Kids for Parents
  • “As student stress grows, so does pressure on teachers” by Ambreen Ali, NJ Spotlight News

Celebrating Lunar New Year 🧧

  • Philly’s East and Southeast Asian Community Leaders on Where to Find Festive Lunar New Year Foods” by Diana Lu, Eater Philadelphia ft. Jingyao Yu and AAJA Philly
  • “2022 brings the Year of the Tiger. Are we in for a passionate, tumultuous year?” by Ada Tseng and Anh Do, Los Angeles Times
  • “Column: Feeling Like The Grinch of Lunar New Year” by Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times — opinion
  • “How One Dance Studio Became a Bulwark Against Loneliness in New York City's Chinatown” by Tina Xintian Wang, TIME

Did you produce (or consume) some great journalism recently? Put your work on our radar, so we can feature you in the next member highlights.

Collectively, we can celebrate 40 years of impact and contribute towards 40 more years of AAJA's mission of supporting and uplifting AAPI journalists. Donate today.

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