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Why we eat mooncake during the Mid-Autumn Festival

The rich and heartwarming culture of the Mid-Autumn Festival season is here, and this year we were treated to a very special celebration by Hennessy X.O and hosted by Harry Shum Jr! The virtual event, “A Moonlight Odyssey,” connected us all with amazing performances by NIKI, Hayley Kiyoko, Guapdad 4000 and Bohan Phoenix, let us sit in on touching stories with filmmaker Eddie Huang and the founders of Omsom, and taught us a few special Hennessy cocktails with mixologist Inga Tantisalidchai.

To continue to honor this amazing holiday celebrated all over the world, let’s go on our own little odyssey to explore the legends that have survived thousands of years to bring us the rich culture, the fun holiday and the tasty mooncakes we have today.

6 things parents can do to keep students safe from COVID-19

Kids all over California have returned to school, but in a time where COVID-19 or the delta variant is on every parent’s mind, what can be done to get the peace of mind that their children are safe in the classroom?

California state officials have taken some of the most progressive steps in the country to ensure that schools open up safely and take every measure to protect staff and students. The state has set aside $25 billion for schools to upgrade classroom ventilation, hire more teachers and staff, provide COVID-19 testing, mental health resources and more.

Watch Hennessy X.O’s Star-Studded Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration with Harry Shum Jr

A classy evening of insightful conversations, showstopping musical performances and engaging activities marked Hennessy X.O’s Mid-Autumn Festival celebration.

Hennessy’s free special digital event “A Moonlight Odyssey,” which was streamed via Facebook Live on Sept. 23, featured some of our favorite Asian American celebrities playing an unexpectedly lively game of mahjong, preparing must-try food and drinks and performing songs every music-lover should hear. 

Congresswoman Grace Meng joins NextShark and TAAF to launch national network to fight hate

NextShark and The Asian American Foundation (TAAF) are excited to announce our recent partnership to present the AAPI community with From Hate to Hope, a crucial conversation to unite us against hate streaming on September 30 at 2:00 p.m. EDT on Facebook Live.

Join Congresswoman Grace Meng, Dr. Thu Quach, Incoming President of Asian Health Services, Jo-Ann Yoo, Executive Director of the Asian American Federation, and TAAF Founding President Sonal Shah, and NextShark’s very own founder and CEO Benny Luo for a free streaming event moderated by PBS NewsHour anchor Amna Nawaz

Film highlighting rise of anti-Asian racism during COVID seeks help on GoFundMe

When COVID-19 changed life as we knew it at the beginning of 2020, the pandemic also sparked another terrifying trend in America – the alarming rise of violent and racist attacks on AAPI communities and businesses across the country. 

The notion that the virus originated in China, which was further provoked by a former president’s prolific use of the phrase “China virus,” led to Asian Americans, regardless of their ethnicity, becoming targets of blame and victims of xenophobic and racist attacks. In many cases, innocent, defenseless and elderly Asian Americans were murdered. These attacks were only acknowledged by mainstream media after months of fear, pain and heartbreak.

7 places and activities in California that will soon require COVID vaccination

Since our world was rocked by the outbreak of the pandemic, one thing is clear – we have a new normal ahead of us.

Especially with the risk of the more recent Delta variant (and others that may follow) looming on the horizon, it’s only becoming more important and necessary to get vaccinated in California, whether it’s for your own personal safety or to protect those around you.

Saweetie Sparks Wave of Asian Representation with #TheSaweetieMeal at McDonald’s

Platinum hip-hop artist Saweetie has been a trailblazer since her breakthrough song “ICY GRL” dropped three years ago. Today, the 28-year-old artist is an icon for Asian American representation in hip-hop and the most recent face of McDonald’s popular celebrity meals.

Saweetie, born Diamonté Quiava Valentin Harper, is Filipina Chinese and African American. She has honored her diverse heritage by supporting Black Lives Matter and Stop Asian Hate, amplifying issues that are unique to and shared by both communities through her influence.

The Saweetie Meal is Dropping at McDonald’s!

Filipina Chinese and African American platinum artist Saweetie is bringing her favorite order to McDonald’s starting August 9!

The Saweetie Meal features a Big Mac, a 4-piece chicken McNuggets, a medium fries, Sprite, and BBQ and the classic sauce specially renamed the “Saweetie ‘N Sour” sauce. The meal will also come in Saweetie-inspired packaging that icy gang will love!

St. Jude Children’s Hospital Teams Up With ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ for Virtual Event Series

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – This week, Disney Animation Studios will celebrate the release of its movie “Raya and the Last Dragon” by working with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® to spread joy through a series of virtual events for St. Jude patient families and its generous supporters.

“Raya and the Last Dragon” is an epic journey to the fantasy world of Kumandra where Raya learns that it takes more than a dragon to save the world. It takes trust and teamwork – timeless themes reflected in the pioneering research and lifesaving treatment delivered at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for kids with childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

This New ‘MINDFUL’ Line is All About Raising Mental Health Awareness in the AAPI Community

It’s probably not surprising that most of us are exposed to some toxic or negative things everyday, whether it’s what’s going on in the world, scrolling through social media, or maybe dealing with other people (and sometimes ourselves). And hey, any of that can eventually take a toll on your mental health.

Mental health has never been the easiest subject to talk about for Asian Americans, and with everything else going on with our community, we could all probably use a good check in on our mental well-being. Whether that’s through simple breathwork, meditation, going to therapy, or finding a community that helps you cope and grow, being mentally healthy is about keeping up those good habits (and trust me, it’s very worth it).