January 19, 2023

Richard Lui (standing) moderates a panel on sustainable business in Asia at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Tuesday, January 17, 2023. Photo credit: Ai Uchida, AAJA-HQ.



From AAJA-HQ: Uplifting AAPI excellence: Nominations for AAJA Excellence Awards now open, awardees will be honored at #AAJA23

Awards AAJA’s 2023 Community Awards and Journalism Excellence Awards are now open for nominations and submissions! Our Community Awards honor the best of AAJA members and organizations in our community and recognize those who have gone above and beyond, while our Journalism Excellence Awards honor the best works of journalism produced by AAJA members in 2022. Submit by Tuesday, Feb. 28.

JCamp Applications for JCamp 2023 are now open! Our flagship summer training program for high school students, now celebrating its 23rd year, will take place on July 15 to 21 at American University in Washington, D.C. Learn more and apply.

AAJA Reminders

  • Support the next generation of AAPI journalists by serving on this year's awards committee. Apply to be part of the awards judging panel by March 15.
  • Calling all Chapter/AG leaders: Save the date for Camp AAJA on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023 from 7 to 10 p.m. ET / Sunday, Feb. 5 from 8 to 11 a.m. HKT. RSVP here to attend this virtual leadership summit.
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🗓 AAJA Events

AAJA presents The Space: Grief/Healing with Jeanie Y. Chang, LMFT, CCTP, CIMHP

Monday, Jan. 30 | 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT 

AAJA-HQ will be holding an off-the-record conversation for student members affected by or processing the recent anti-Asian attack at Indiana University facilitated by Jeanie Y. Chang, LMFT, CCTP, CIMHP. Register here.

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Jan. 23 | AAJA-CSU Long Beach’s Speaker Series ft. Jon Soohoo | Join AAJA-CSULB on Monday, Jan. 23 at 4 p.m. for their speaker series event with Jon Soohoo, longtime Los Angeles Dodgers Team Photographer. | Learn more here.

Jan. 28 | AAJA-Portland’s AAJA To Go | Join AAJA-Portland for a guided tour of the Japanese American Museum of Oregon, followed by snacks and mingling on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 10 a.m. | RSVP here

Jan. 28 | AAJA-D.C.’s Lunar New Year Potluck | Join AAJA-D.C. for their Lunar New Year potluck on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 5 p.m. | RSVP here.

Jan. 28 | AAJA-L.A.'s New Year Celebration | Join AAJA-L.A. for their New Year celebration, co-hosted by David Ono, at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m. | RSVP here.

Feb. 4 | AAJA-Atlanta’s 2023 Student and Early Career Journalism Workshop | Join AAJA-Atlanta for their premier event for college journalists, featuring top talent from CNN, AJC and 11Alive on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 10 a.m. | RSVP here


📓 News & Resources

obituary AAJA is saddened by the loss of two Los Angeles Times editors, Gregory Yee, who passed away on Jan. 4, 2023, and Randy Hagihara, who passed away on Jan. 8, 2023. Our hearts go out to their friends and families.

VeryAsian The city of St. Louis has declared Jan. 19, 2023 as "Very Asian Day,” recognizing Michelle Li and The Very Asian Foundation.

press freedom Nobel laureate Maria Ressa was acquitted from the tax evasion charges filed by the Duterte government. Watch her moving speech after the decision.

journalism pioneers Beverly White, a local television news reporter for NBC4 in Los Angeles, has retired after three decades. In an interview, she discussed her pioneering work as a woman journalist of color. 

member spotlight Connie Chung was featured in a recent article about investigative reporting and the promise of the next generation of journalists.


👏 AAJA Kudos to...


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

  • On this day On January 19, 1983, Fred Korematsu, Minoru Yasui and Gordon Hirabayashi petitioned to reopen their landmark cases that challenged the evacuation of 120,000 Japanese Americans to incarceration camps during World War II. Read more from “The great resisters of Japanese American history have a powerful story to tell,” The Boston Globe, dated September 7, 2022.
  • “I Am Michelle Go’s Father. I Am Marking Her Death Where She Lived.” by Justin Go, The New York Times
  • “Defining ‘Asian American’ is complicated. Who gets left behind?” by Meena Venkataramanan, The Washington Post
  • “Sacramento County has a new District Attorney. Thien Ho sworn in, marking a first” by Kristin Lam, CapRadio
  • “Michelle Yeoh gives emotional acceptance speech after winning Golden Globe for 'Everything Everywhere All at Once'” by Kimmy Yam, NBC Asian America
  • “What Happens When Private Equity Is Your Landlord in Hawai‘i” by Noelle Fujii-Oride, Hawaii Business
  • “White House shares plans to help Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders” by Hojun Choi, Dallas Morning News
  • “Started from the bottom w/ Ashmere Prasad” ft. Ashmere Prasad by Talk of The Town
  • “First Asian Americans in Rhode Island legislature take office” by Jake Chang, AsAmNews

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