April 28, 2022

This Friday, April 29, 2022 marks the 30th anniversary of Sa-I-Gu (the L.A. uprisings). A crowd of over a thousand rallied in Koreatown's Admiral Park in Los Angeles to call for healing between Koreans and the African American community on May 2, 1992. David Longstreath / AP 


  • AAJA signs onto diversity call for Pulitzers eligibility
  • EXTERNAL OPPORTUNITIES: TOMORROW is your last chance to apply for AAJA x Yahoo Multimedia Journalism Fellowship!
  • Race Relations and Solidarity: 30 Years After the L.A. Riots
  • "Dear Corky" Screening
  • Latest in Media DEI Resources: PEN America survey results, Vox Media's "Language Please"

From AAJA-HQ: Program Updates

Statement Citing “crushing resistance,” AAJA joined OpenNews, The NewsGuild-CWA and more than 50 journalism groups in asking the Pulitzer Prizes to make participation in an annual diversity survey a condition of eligibility for awards.

Read HQ's statement, and we encourage members, chapters and affinity groups to add your name or organization to the letter and share with your newsrooms. This call to action was covered by Nieman Lab.

AAJA Defined Don't miss this month's edition of AAJA Defined, in which we chatted with Hannah Bae, writer, journalist, artist and longtime AAJA-er, on writing about identity, creative expression and the power of mentorship.

ELP Cohort We're excited to announce the 20 mid-career journalists who were selected to be part of our 2022 Executive Leadership Program. A full announcement of our full Global ELP cohort, including the Asia ELP cohort, is coming soon!

2022 Scholarships Winners Our 2022 recipient of the Mary Quon Moy Ing Scholarship is Amber X. Chen. Congratulations! Keep an eye out for more scholarships announcements.


🗓 Upcoming Events

April 29 | Asian American Federation, Stand with Asian Americans NYC Chapter | Remembering Sa-I-Gu: NYC Event | In commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the L.A. Uprisings/Sa-I-Gu, join AAF and Stand with Asian Americans NYC for a short film screening and panel discussion with community leaders about the learnings and impact of Sa-I-Gu at 6 p.m. ET. Vivian Lee is the moderator. Register here.

May 3 | International Women's Media Foundation | Defending Women's Voices: The Rising Threats Against Women in Media and Politics | On this year’s World Press Freedom Day, join IWMF in honoring all the courageous women who refuse to be silenced and hear first-hand accounts from frontline reporters and policymakers. Swati Sharma is one of the speakers. Register here.

May 10 | AAJA D.C., 1882 Foundation, D.C. Public Library | "Dear Corky" | The 1882 Foundation, AAJA D.C. and D.C. Public Library are hosting a pre-premiere screening of film producer Curtis Chin’s short documentary “Dear Corky,” on the “undisputed, unofficial Asian American photographic laureate” Corky Lee. Register here. (Also, don't miss the AAJA D.C. May 1 gathering on the National Mall  details here.)


📓 News & Resources

study PEN America released its most recent nationwide survey of more than 1,000 reporters and editors on how disinformation is disrupting the practice of journalism. This survey was shared in a fall 2021 AAJA newsletter. 

panel Read a recap of Asian Americans Advancing Justice’s panel discussing media coverage of the Los Angeles uprisings.

guide The first Inuktitut-translated guide for reporting on Inuit communities was recently released by the Native American Journalists Association. 

expertise A new database for journalists and others who would like to talk with/interview an Asian American studies expert is being created by the Association for Asian American Studies. To join, fill out this form.

reflection Hannah Bae shared her journey as a writer after her Open City fellowship for Asian American Writers’ Workshop in “‘I Am Still Developing as a Writer.’”

member feature Christine Chen, Doris Truong and Marina Fang were featured in SPJ Quill's Spring 2022 edition.

member feature Josh Tolentino was was highlighted by his alma mater, Illinois State University, for covering the Philadelphia Eagles and finishing his first NFL season coverage for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

member feature Sherry Liang was featured by the University of Georgia’s “Profiles of Tenacity.” Learn more about the founding president of the AAJA-UGA student chapter.


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

  • Frank Bi, who is the new Director of Tools and Technology at The Star Tribune.
  • Shahbaz Khan, who is UNINTERRUPTED's new Senior Director of Social Strategy.
  • Wendy Lu, who is an editor on the copy desk at The New York Times.
  • Stephanie Lin, who became a morning anchor at KRON4 News.
  • Vivia Chen, who won two awards for commentary and opinion writing this year at SABEW and ASBPE's Best in Business Awards. 
  • Monique Woo, who was promoted to photo assignment editor at The Washington Post's San Francisco bureau.
  • Tracy Jan, who is the new assignment editor for The Washington Post's Health and Science team.
  • Jireh Deng, who started at NPR's Source of the Week and is working with Sarah Mizes-Tan on a new Asian American podcast at CapRadio News. 
  • Meera Raman, Christine Mui, Victoria Zhuang, Haidee Chu, Kareem Noorani, Arundhati Soni and Brammhi Balarajan, who will intern at Dow Jones News Fund.
  • Frank Abe, who was awarded the Association of King County Historical Organizations’ Virginia Marie Folkins Award for Outstanding Historical Publication for “We Hereby Refuse: Japanese American Resistance to Wartime Incarceration."
  • Kevin Yamamura, who is the new California/West Editor for The New York Times.

On Our List 📺📸📰🎧

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

  • “Michelle Yeoh shows Asian immigrant women are ‘Everything’” by Terry Tang, The Los Angeles Times
  • “I’m Jeff Yang, not Jeff Chang! The everyday horror of having to say ‘Sorry, wrong Asian’” by Jeff Yang, The Guardian
  • “The Final Pandemic Betrayal” by Ed Yong, The Atlantic
  • “Grieving His Mother's Death, Ocean Vuong Learned to Write for Himself” by Nicole Chung, TIME
  • “The Linda Lindas on Punk, Taking Your Own Path, and Growing Up” by Sara Tardiff, Teen Vogue
  • “How Tacos and the 'Pink Hijabi of Orange County' Are Bringing Latino and Muslim Communities Together” by Yusra Farzan, KCET
  • “Shanghai fashionistas face covid lockdown with lipstick, Louis Vuitton” by Lily Kuo and Vic Chiang, The Washington Post
  • How Abercrombie & Fitch’s image of masculinity affected Asian men” by Kimmy Yam, NBC Asian America
  • “Nisei Impact: Honolulu Star-Advertiser youth storytelling project honors Hawaii’s Japanese American World War II veterans” by Jayna Omaye, Star Advertiser
  • “The quest to save Cantonese in a world dominated by Mandarin” by Anh Do, The Los Angeles Times

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.

AAJA Opportunities

  • PAID AAJA x Yahoo Multimedia Journalism Fellowship | Apply | Deadline: April 29
  • AAJA-NY Corky Lee Fellowship in Photojournalism | Apply | Deadline: May 14
  • AAJA-DC #AAJA22 Convention Stipend | Apply | Deadline: May 15
  • Broadcast News Internship Grants | Apply | *EXTENDED Deadline*: May 31
  • AAJA/NAJA Pacific Islander Journalism Scholarship | Apply | Deadline: May 31
  • Mental Health Funding | Request funding here
  • Photo Submissions for AAJA's 40th Anniversary | Submit here

External Opportunities

  • CNN Deep Dive Workshops Join CNN for a free one-day workshop in New York City on May 14. Engage with CNN's talent executives, on-air coaches and CNN correspondents. Register for the Reporter Workshop and Producer Workshop.

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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