March 30, 2023

It’s opening day for Major League Baseball! Here, Japanese star Shoei Ohtani is shown pitching a Spring training game for the LA Angels. (Matt York / Associated Press, article by Sarah Valenzuela)



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🗓 AAJA Events

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AAJA-New York and other AAPI community members gather to celebrate Loida Lewis's book launch in New York on Tuesday, March 21.

AAJA-Washington, D.C. and AAJA-Philadelphia meet to view the cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, March 25.

April 1 | AAJA-Arizona Donut Parlor Fundraiser + Mahjong | Support AAJA-Arizona while satisfying your sweet tooth this Saturday, April 1. Donut Parlor is donating 20% of its proceeds to AAJA-Arizona’s chapter scholarships. In addition, join in on the fun with a game of mahjong starting at 4:30 p.m. Donut Parlor is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until donuts are sold out. | Learn more here.

April 1 | AAJA-Tokyo 2023 Spring Gathering | AAJA-Tokyo will host their first community gathering of the year on Saturday, April 1 from 1-3 p.m. near Ueno Park. | RSVP here.

April 4 | AAJA-SF Bay Area's Rising with the Tides: Showcase and Mixer | Learn about Kate Selig, Kori Suzuki and Junyao Yang's Rising with the Tides reporting projects on Tuesday, April 4 at 5:30 p.m. on KQED's rooftop terrace while enjoying drinks and refreshments with AAJA-SF Bay Area. | RSVP here.

April 5 | AAJA-New York’s Not a Monolith: Covering Our Communities With Nuance | Join AAJA-New York & WNYC at The Greene Space on Wednesday, April 5, 6 p.m. for a discussion on community coverage and future storytelling, featuring Arun VenugopalCeFaan KimAmbreen Ali and Hui Ting Kok. | RSVP here.


📓 News & Resources

guide AAJA-HQ wishes a Happy Ramadan to all who celebrate. AAJA-Michigan member Nargis Hakim Rahman published a guide to aid reporters in how to incorporate Ramadan into their stories with story ideas and examples. 

statement With heavy hearts, AAJA extends our sincere condolences to those affected by the school shooting in Nashville. Read the Trans Journalists Association's statement.

data The latest FBI statistics reveal a significant increase in reported hate crimes in 2021 compared to 2020. Notably, incidents targeting Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, Sikhs, and bisexual individuals more than doubled during this period.

report An article by reports that the National Institutes of Health’s “China Initiative” has upended hundreds of lives and destroyed academic careers by asking institutions to investigate allegations against faculty members. Among those targeted, 81% self-identified as Asian.

study Former Boston public school teachers conducted a report, “Truth from Youth: The Asian American Experience in BPS High Schools,” which reveals that many Asian American high schoolers feel overlooked and invisible.


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On Monday, March 27, MSNBC partnered with AAJA to host the world premiere of the upcoming MSNBC special "The Culture Is: AAPI Women" airing this Sunday, April 2 at 10pm ET on MSNBC. A conversation with AAJA's Executive Director Naomi Tacuyan Underwood, Founder and CEO of Rise Amanda Nguyen, MSNBC host Katie Phang and author of “Pachinko” Min Jin Lee followed the screening. 


  • "‘A win of epic proportions’: World’s highest court can set out countries’ climate obligations after Vanuatu secures historic UN vote" by Rachel Ramirez, CNN
  • “At White House, Asian American Liaison Juggles Celebrations and Crises” by Stephanie Lai, The New York Times
  • “Asian Americans are anxious about hate crimes. TikTok ban rhetoric isn’t helping” by Brian Fung, CNN
  • “As Ramadan approaches, Muslims discuss things they wish their peers knew about the holy month” by Mirna Alsharif, NBC Asian America
  • “For Asian Americans, thrill of Oscars offset by rising anti-Asian hate” by David Nakamura, The Washington Post
  • “2 years after spa shootings: Asian women continuing to push for change” by Mary Chao, Scripps News
  • “UMD Asian American studies program holds town hall about creating major” by Olivia Wolfson, The Diamondback

Entertainment and Sports

  • “How Japan's Shohei Ohtani Dominated the 2023 World Baseball Classic” by Sanjesh Singh, NBC 5
  • “[RRR WINS AT OSCARS] Interview with Lyricist of ‘Naatu Naatu’” by Archith Seshadri, Nexstar Media Group
  • “How Filipinos in the Mission Recorded the First Asian American Rock Album” by Adesh Thapliyal, KQED
  • “‘The Elephant Whisperers’ offers vision of human-animal coexistence” by Sahil Balani, The Brown Daily Herald
  • “Oregon Native Michelle Zauner Has Picked a Director for Her ‘Crying in H Mart’ Movie” by Brooke Jackson-Glidden, Eater
  • “Disney+ American Born Chinese opens to strong reviews at SXSW” by Randall Yip, AsAmNews

Visit AAJA Careers or follow @AAJACareers on Twitter to post jobs or internships and stay up-to-date on available positions. Check in with your AAJA chapters for more opportunities. 

AAJA Opportunities:

  • Jimmie & Suey Fong Yee Grants | Deadline: Friday, March 31. | Apply here.
  • Dinah Eng Leadership Fellowship | Deadline: Saturday, April 1. | Apply here
  • AAJA Studio Submissions | Become an expert and join here.
  • AAJA Style Guide | Join us in reshaping AAPI coverage and news standards.
  • AAJA-Asia’s N3ConU Mentorship Program | AAJA-Asia will select a cohort of 10 students to participate in a series of trainings and write stories. Students and mentors selected for the program will receive complimentary registration to attend the N3Con 2023 conference on May 25-28 in Singapore. | Deadline: Friday, April 7. Apply here.

External and Partner Opportunities:

  • The Emerging Leaders Institute for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion | This program by the News Leaders Association aims to accelerate the rise of traditionally underrepresented journalists into the management ranks of newsrooms. | Deadline: Friday, April 7. | Learn more here.

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