May 20, 2021

Submitted by AAJA-New York. ABC Nightline co-anchor Juju Chang receives Nom Wah dumplings from AAJA-NY chapter president Frank Bi during the "Dumplings for Therapy" fundraiser on May 8. The event received over 300 orders and raised $20,000 for mental wellness resources. AAJA encourages all of its chapters to send us photos for our newsletter!

  • Updates: #AAJAKudos to AAJA-NY, last chance to send Convention pitches!
  • Apply for the JSK Community Impact Fellowship
  • Upcoming #AAPIHM Events & Resources
  • #AAJAKudos & Member Bylines
  • Opportunities: Join a training with the Minority Rights Group and AMEJA

AAJA-HQ Updates

AAJA-NY raised $20k for mental wellness

AAJA-New York's "Dumplings for Therapy" fundraiser was a huge success! The event's proceeds, capped off by donations from Snipes and Nom Wah, raised $20,000 for mental wellness resources for Asian American journalists. Huge #AAJAKudos to the NY chapter members, volunteers, and leadership including chapter president Frank Bi (see his celebratory tweet here!). Read a feature of the event by ABC 7 NY here.

Shape your #AAJA21 Convention experience!

You have until June 1 to tell us what you want to see at this year's convention. Send us your ideas for speakers, panels, and topics—and, yes, save the date! August 24-28 is this year's virtual gathering. More details coming next week.

Last chance to share feedback on the Muslim American Task Force

AAJA's revamp of the Muslim American Task force to best support and serve our Muslim journalists and community is ongoing. Be a part of that effort—fill out this survey by June 1. Anyone can take the survey, not just Muslims and not just AAJA members. Feel free to pass this survey on to anyone who would be interested in this initiative.


The John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford once again expands its support of local journalism by offering a remote program. Applications for their Community Impact Fellowships are now open, and the deadline to apply is May 27. Like this year’s inaugural JSK Community Impact Fellows, the 2021-22 fellows will focus on practical solutions to address the U.S. journalism industry’s long-standing neglect of communities of color — a failure exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.

Each JSK fellow will work to address information needs in their local community while also participating virtually in weekly cohort meetings. Through individual coaching, tailored workshops and peer-to-peer learning, the JSK Fellowships helps fellows identify the tools and mindsets needed to effectively lead and navigate change in times of uncertainty.  

The 2021-22 program begins September 7 and ends June 3. Learn more and apply hereSponsored content.


🗓 Upcoming AAJA Events During AAPIHM

You can find our entire list of upcoming events on our website. It will continue to be updated throughout the month.

May 21 | AAJA-LA
Diversity and Unity: Understanding the Asian American Experience Karthick Ramakrishnan, a UC Riverside professor and one of the nation’s top experts on Asian American demographics, will share key trends about the AAPI community. Register here.

May 23 | AAJA-HQ
The Space Brunch and Learn: A Snapshot of Mental Health in AAPI Communities Therapists Jeanie Y. Chang, Steven Sust, and Sahaj Kohli, the founder of Brown Girl Therapy, will have an open and honest discussion on what they're seeing as they work with AAPI communities to improve mental health and wellness. Register here.

May 24 | AAJA-HQ & AAPIP
Invisible Ink: AAPI News Representation & How Philanthropy Can Strengthen It This webinar will present highlights from the Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy's (AAPIP) recently study focused on AAPI news representation. Register here.

May 25 | AAJA-New England
Out of the Shadows: AAPI Mental Health in an Era of Violence Discussing mental health, for many, has been taboo or challenging to access. AAJA-NE sits down with Dr. Josephine Kim for a wide-ranging and timely discussion. Register here.

May 25 | AAJA-Arizona
Bulgogi to Bao: A Conversation with Arizona AAPI Chefs A virtual panel by AAJA-Arizona with the Arizona Asian Chamber of Commerce and local chefs. Register here.

May 26 | AAJA-HQ & Wikimedia Foundation
Taking back the narrative: Changing how Asian Americans are represented in the news, on Wikipedia, and beyond The Wikimedia Foundation and AAJA are co-hosting a virtual event on the topic of increasing representation of AAPI communities in the news, Wikipedia, and across the information landscape. Register here.

May 26 | AAJA-SF Bay Area
Reclaiming Our History as Asian American Women Join a panel of AAPI women as they discuss how they use their voices and storytelling to reclaim the Asian American narrative, fight against racism and demystify the “model minority” stereotype. Register here.

May 28 | AAJA Pacific Islander Task Force
Pacific Islander Journalist Profiles: Reporting in Oceania This panel features three Pacific Islander journalists and storytellers working throughout Oceania. Register here.

Until June 13 | AAJA Photojournalists Affinity Group
Under a Mushroom Cloud: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the Atomic Bomb The Japanese American National Museum's (JANM) exhibit commemorating the upcoming 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings includes photographs of atomic bomb survivors taken by AAJA member and PAG co-leader Darrell Miho. Find details here.


Image courtesy Good Morning America's Inspiration List.

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

📓 News About News
AKA, our resources section.

Poynter published a feature, "How AAJA helped shape coverage of the Atlanta shootings" by Kristen Hare, about how AAJA's response to the Atlanta shootings. Read the piece here.

AAPIs account for less than 6 percent of speaking roles in films, a study by the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative found. AAJA member Marina Fang took a deeper look at the research, which you can read here.

Documentary First Votedirected and produced by AAJA member Yi Chen, is available for free streaming until June 2 on PBS and WORLD Channel America ReFramed. Find more information here.

AAJA-Chicago shared a list of mental health resources for AAPI journalists compiled by Olivia Yang, LCSW. Access the public Google Doc here.

The fifth part in Vision25's series, "Belonging in the News," features co-executive director of the Maynard Institute Evelyn Hsu in discussion with San Francisco Chronicle food critic and podcast co-host, Soleil Ho. Register for the May 26 event here.

A Social Media Safety Index published by GLAAD evaluated the safety of the social media landscape for LGBTQ users. Read more about its findings and recommendations here.

Four Filipino women, Lolas Remedios Tecson, Estela Adriatico, Narcisa Claveria, Felicidad delos Reyes and Estelita Dy, sit in chairs beside each other in front of a wall covered in photographs of the faces of other survivors. Photo taken on April 28, 2019 by Cheryl Diaz Meyer.

Submitted by AAJA-New York. Members Jason Kao, left, Gil Fontimayor and Lee Uehara deliver Nom Wah dumplings around the greater New York area during the "Dumplings for Therapy" fundraiser event on May 8.

On Our List 📺📸📰🎧
Follow us on Twitter @aaja for more works on our radar from the AAJA community.

  • Spirit of Vietnam: Two Vietnamese Americans create traditional rice liquor, only found in Kennedale, Texas by Tiffany Liou, ABC Dallas
  • The Lure of H Mart, Where the Shelves Can Seem as Wide as Asia by Ligaya Mishan, the New York Times
  • Take it from Juju Chang: 'Marry your passion' By Will Linendoll & Nidhi Singh, Good Morning America
  • Awkwafina Changes the Rules of the Game by Michelle Lee, Allurecover story photographed by an all-Asian team!
  • The Asian-American Activism You Won’t See On Instagram by Kim Tran, Refinery29
  • What Native Hawaiians Want You to Know Before a Trip to Hawaii by Taylor Weik, Teen Vogue
  • I was done talking about cultural appropriation. The rise in anti-Asian violence pulled me back in by Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle
  • Korean adoptees felt isolated and alone for decades. Then Facebook brought them together by Ann Babe, Rest of World
  • The Term ‘Asian American’ Has an Impossible Duty by Lam Thuy Vo, #StopAsianHate on Medium
  • Troubled Waters: The Salton Sea Project, Part 1 – Paradise Lost and Part 2 – ‘Toxic Exposure’ by Angela Chen, KESQ
  • 📺Sacramento photographer honoring survivors of WWII Japanese-American internment camps by Chris Thomas, ABC10 — a feature on Paul Kitagaki Jr.!

AAJA Opportunities
Visit AAJA Careers or follow @AAJACareers on Twitter to stay up-to-date on our career, internship, and other opportunities.

  • Deadline for Getty Images Inclusion Scholarship extended: AAJA and Getty Images are pleased to announce the return of the AAJA/Getty Images Inclusion Scholarship to award a $10,000 scholarship to a student focused on photojournalism. Deadline: May 31. Apply here.
  • AAJA Wiki Scholars Course: AAJA is partnering with Wiki Education to run a 6-week course for its members to learn how to add high-quality biographies of Asian American and Pacific Islander journalists to Wikipedia. With support from the Wikimedia Foundation as part of its campaign to amplify and address gaps in AAPI history, 20 AAJA members will participate in an in-depth, structured training on how to create and/or update existing biographies of AAPI journalists. Deadline: May 28. Find more information and apply here.
  • Minority and Indigenous reporting training: The Minority Rights Group and Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists Association invite AAJA members to join an upcoming training session on June 1. Deadline to apply: May 21. Limited seats available. Apply here.

Don't forget: Send us your pitches for speakers, panels and topics by June 1 to help shape your upcoming 2021 Convention experience.

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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