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Photo exhibit honoring legendary Asian American photographer Corky Lee opens in New York City

CORKY LEE

When Corky Lee studied American History at Queens College in New York, the young Chinese American saw a photograph in a book that featured workers celebrating the completion of the transcontinental railroad at Promontory Summit in Utah. Lee was surprised to read that there were more than 12,000 workers from southern China who were employed by the Central Pacific Railroad, a U.S. railway company founded in the 1860s. ​Despite using the best magnifying glass he could find at Woolworth’s to study the black-and-white photo closely, Lee could not find a single Chinese person. 

“History — at least photographically — says that the Chinese were not present,” Lee told NPR in 2014.

BTS to meet President Biden at White House to discuss anti-Asian hate crimes

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  • BTS will meet with President Biden at the White House on Tuesday, May 31, to talk about Asian inclusion, representation and the surge in anti-Asian hate crimes.
  • The upcoming meeting will take place on the last day of AAPI Heritage Month, marking the conclusion of the White House’s initiatives toward the celebration.
  • BTS have been outspoken about anti-Asian hate and previously used their platform to condemn the violence and discrimination.

K-pop supergroup BTS will meet President Biden at the White House on Tuesday, May 31, to “discuss Asian inclusion and representation” and “address anti-Asian hate crimes and discrimination,” rounding out Biden’s AAPI Heritage Month initiatives.

“President Biden has previously spoken about his commitment to combating the surge of anti-Asian hate crimes,” a statement from the White House reads. “President Biden and BTS will also discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion and BTS’ platform as youth ambassadors who spread a message of hope and positivity across the world.” 

Documenting survival, pride and strength: Video celebrates North Korean history and refugees

  • In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage month, Liberty in North Korea is celebrating North Korean Ancestry.
  • The video, “North Korean Ancestry,” highlights not only the North Korean defectors and their fight for freedom, but also the challenges that many North Koreans face today.
  • The “stories of what North Korean people had to do to survive, escape, and then come out to tell their stories is just the most powerful demonstration of human resiliency,” Sylvia Kim, an international human rights lawyer from Toronto said.
  • It is important “not to abandon our past, but if anything, breed that back into our families and into our lives so that our kids feel proud about where they came from,” Paul Y. Song, a CEO and radiation oncologist from Santa Monica, California, said.

In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage month, an international NGO that dedicates itself to rescuing and resettling North Korean refugees is celebrating North Korean ancestry through a video piece that connects family history, personal connection and identity. 

When it comes to celebrating AAPI heritage, North Korea is not the first country that comes to mind, Liberty in North Korea states. However, the organization shares that for the “Korean diaspora with roots in North Korea, learning about the past can bring a particular mix of pride and melancholy.” 

Marvel celebrates AAPI Heritage Month with anthology comic featuring Asian and AAPI talent

  • Marvel is commemorating Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month this May with the upcoming release of “Marvel's Voices: Identity #1 2022.”
  • The special issue is the second “Marvel's Voices: Identity” anthology and showcases four new stories written and illustrated by AAPI and Asian talent.
  • "It was a complete honor being asked to contribute to Marvel's Voices: Identity #1 2022, and I was surprised by how immediately I knew the story I wanted to tell," writer Pornsak Pichetshote was quoted as saying.
  • The new anthology is set to release on May 25 and will feature AAPI and Asian characters such as Ms. Marvel and Shang-Chi.

Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) and Asian superheroes such as Ms. Marvel and Shang-Chi are taking center stage in a special Marvel anthology to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month this May.

Marvel’s Voices: Identity #1 2022,” a follow-up to last year’s “Marvel’s Voices: Identity” anthology, is set in the Marvel Universe and features four new stories written by AAPI and Asian talent.

Mayor Adams announces New York City’s first-ever annual AAPI Cultural and Heritage Parade

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  • New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced Wednesday the city’s first annual Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Cultural and Heritage Parade to be held in Manhattan on May 15.
  • The parade, in honor of AAPI Heritage month, will begin at 10:45 a.m. on 6th Avenue and will head north from West 44th Street to West 55th Street.
  • The celebration highlights the Big Apple as the home of the second-largest AAPI population in the U.S. and will pay tribute to the Asian community amid the wave of anti-Asian attacks and hate crimes since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • The event will take place the day after the city’s first Japan Day parade at Manhattan’s Central Park West.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced Wednesday the city’s first annual Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Cultural and Heritage Parade will be held in Manhattan this weekend.

The parade, which will honor AAPI Heritage month, is set for this Sunday at 10:45 a.m. and is expected to travel up 6th Avenue from West 44th Street to West 55th Street.

President Biden touts community funding, COVID Hate Crimes Act signing in AANHPI Heritage Month proclamation

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  • President Biden released the White House’s annual proclamation on Asian American, and now Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month for May, laying out how his administration is supportive of these communities.
  • Biden’s administration announced earlier this year that it would be using “AANHPI” instead of “AAPI,” to include Native Hawaiians. Hawaii is the only state to be considered having a majority AANHPI population.
  • AANHPIs are also the country’s fastest-growing racial group, with over 20 million people, or 6.1 percent of the total population, identifying as AANHPI.
  • It is predicted that by the year 2060, one in 10 children in the U.S. will be Asian American, bringing that number to 48 million, or 11.7% of the population.
  • In his proclamation, Biden shared that he was “proud” to have Vice President Kamala Harris, the first person of South Asian descent to hold the second-in-command role, as part of his administration.
  • The two key takeaways were Biden’s investments to the AA and NHPI communities, including funds specifically allocated to AANHPI causes and businesses, and legal action to combat anti-Asian sentiment and hate crimes due to COVID-19.

President Biden released the White House’s annual proclamation on Asian American, and now Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month for May, laying out how his administration is supportive of these communities.

This year’s statement, released on April 29, celebrates the “innumerable contributions” and “vibrant cultures” of AA and NHPI.