May 11, 2023

AAJA President Nicole Dungca speaks at the inaugural AAPI White House Correspondents Brunch, “Our Voice,” hosted by AAJA, The Asian American Foundation (TAAF), The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS), Creative Artists Agency Amplify (CAA Amplify) and Enfranchisement on Saturday, April 29 at a private residence in
Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy of Leigh Vogel.


  • Read our reissued guidance following the Allen, Texas mass shooting
  • Don't delay registering for #AAJA23, early bird closes in a few weeks! 
  • More rooms at nearby hotels are coming soon 
  • Announcing our 2023 JCamp, JCal and VOICES cohorts
  • Announcing our 2023 ABC Alexa Valiente Memorial Internship and Stanford Chen Internship Grant recipients
  • Learn about TAAF's latest 2023 STAATUS Index survey

From AAJA-HQ: Strengthening Our Voice During AAPI Heritage Month

Statement AAJA has reissued our guidance on covering violence in Asian American communities following the mass shooting in Allen, Texas, on May 6. Read the full statement.


  • Early bird registration rates end on May 31, 2023. Join AAJA or renew your membership to take advantage of discounted rates and register here.
  • We will be releasing more discounted rooms at nearby hotels soon. Stay tuned!
  • AAJA-San Francisco Bay Area is offering up to five stipends to active 2023 members of the chapter. Apply here by Thursday, June 1.
  • Job and internship seekers, upload your resume to our career center so employers can view it before, during and after convention.

Program cohorts We’re proud to announce our 2023 cohorts for JCamp, JCal and VOICES. This year, our signature programs JCamp and VOICES will be held in Washington, D.C., and JCal, in its inaugural year, will be in Sacramento.

Scholarship recipients Congratulations to Yoori Han, recipient of the ABC Alexa Valiente Memorial Internship, and Puneet Kaur Bsanti, recipient of the Stanford Chen Internship Grant. Stay tuned for more scholarship winner announcements in upcoming newsletters!

AAJA PITF-NAJA scholarship Our 2023 Pacific Islander journalism scholarship, in partnership with the Native American Journalists Association, will provide up to two recipients $5,000 each. Learn more and apply by May 31, 2023.


🌠 SPOTLIGHT: Jeannie Park, AAJA Lifetime Member

"Even though I retired from active journalism some years ago, I have always considered myself an AAJA lifer. I learned nearly everything I know about organizing and leadership from my volunteer roles with AAJA. I've always believed in the power of AAJA to build community and collective advocacy and to hold the media accountable regarding our voices and our stories, so I can't imagine ever not being a member. Had there been a lifetime membership back in 1984, I might have saved a lot in dues by now!" –Jeannie Park

Thank you to Jeannie for believing in AAJA from its beginnings! Join her in supporting AAJA’s mission and become a lifetime member today.

Jeannie Park, AAJA-New York's founding president


🗓 AAJA Events

Contact us to list your event on our events calendar.

May 14 | AAJA-San Francisco Bay Area at CAAMFest | On May 14 at 3 p.m., AAJA-S.F. Bay Area will co-present a documentary about Corky Lee's career with The Center for Asian American Media at this year's #CAAMFest2023. The screening will be followed by a Q&A. | RSVP here.

May 15 | AAJA-New York's Preparing for Elder Care led by Dr. Yu-Kang Chen | In May, AAJA-New York is partnering with mental health experts for a series of weekly off-the-record conversations online, including caregiving for our aging community. The first one will take place on Monday, May 15 at 6 p.m. | RSVP here

May 16 | AAJA-San Francisco Bay Area’s What Does it Mean to be Asian in America? From Missing Data to Misrepresentation | On Tuesday, May 16 at 12 p.m. PT, AAJA-S.F. Bay Area will present a discussion on the challenges of being Asian in America, moderated by Ryan Yamamoto. | RSVP here.

May 22 | AAJA-New York's Asian Cultural Values: How Does It Benefit and Challenge You in Your Life, Relationship and Career? Led by Dr. Nicole Benedicto Elden | On Monday, May 22 at 6 p.m., join AAJA-New York for an off-the-record Zoom conversation on Asian cultural values and mental health. | RSVP here


📓 News & Resources

survey TAAF has released their 2023 STAATUS Index survey on American attitudes towards the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. They found that stereotypes like the "yellow peril" and "perpetual foreigner" continue to persist in American society today, and young Asian American women are the least likely to feel accepted in the U.S. 

report Stop AAPI Hate’s latest report reveals widespread discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Nearly half of the country’s AAPI population has experienced some form of discrimination, significantly impacting the community’s mental health.
member spotlight Ailsa Chang, the first Asian American woman to host an NPR program, was interviewed by The Cut. She discussed managing her responsibilities, redefining success and her parents’ support through her journey.


👏 AAJA Kudos to...


On Our List 🌟 📺 📸 📰 🎧

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

  • “May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. What it really means to some AAPI members” by Jennifer Sangalang, USA Today
  • “The chronically online third culture is redefining Asian America” by Sakshi Venkatraman, NBC Asian America
  • “Asked to Delete References to Racism From Her Book, an Author Refused” by Alexandra Alter and Elizabeth A. Harris, The New York Times
  • “Breaking Barriers: Why AANHPI Representation in the Media Matters,” ft. Will Lee, Council of Korean Americans
  • 📚“More to Tell” by Crystal Bui
  • 📚 “Flawless: Lessons in Looks in Culture from the K-Beauty Capital” by Elise Hu
  • “Richard Lui’s documentary about caregivers includes the story of how he became one, too” by Sara Luterman ft. Richard Lui, The 19th
  • “‘Representation matters,’ says Kamala Harris for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians” by ANI, ThePrint
  • “Talk therapy falls short for many Asian Americans. They’ve turned to centuries-old alternatives.“ by Kimmy Yam, NBC Asian America
  • "Opinion | Why Are There So Many Asian American Women Named Connie?" by Connie Wang, The New York Times
  • “‘A culture, a people, an ethos’: one of the US’s oldest Asian American bookstores closes” by Momo Chang, The Guardian

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:

  • AAJA-San Francisco Bay Area | AAJA-SF Bay Area is offering up to five stipends to active 2023 members of the chapter. | Deadline: Thursday, June 1. | Apply here.
  • Gregory Yuen Yee Scholarship | AAJA-Los Angeles and The Los Angeles Times are accepting applications for the Gregory Yuen Yee Scholarship in honor of an outstanding young journalist who helped shape news coverage through his energy, dedication and precision. | Deadline: Friday, June 2. | Learn more here.
  • AAJA-Los Angeles Health Equity Fellowship | AAJA-Los Angeles seeks proposals for in-depth reporting projects that explore health equity issues that affect the Asian American community. | Deadline: Thursday, June 15. | Learn more here.
  • AAJA Studio Submissions | Become an expert and join here.
  • AAJA Style Guide | Join us in reshaping AAPI coverage and news standards.

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