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Meet the Artist Behind the Iconic Portrait of the Beloved Vicha Ratanapakdee

Amidst all of the news about hate crimes against the Asian American community, LA-based artist Jonathan Chang decided that he cannot stay silent anymore.

A seasoned illustrator in the toy and entertainment industries, Chang mostly posted photos of his dog and other fun pop culture illustrations, from Overwatch characters to Andrew Yang. However, with the onset of the pandemic last year, he began to notice the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes among Asian-centric social media accounts.

Activist Praises Asian Woman’s ‘Use of Her White Privilege’ to Help Protect Black Protester

Activist Ebony Janice Moore took to Instagram on Friday to highlight how an Asian woman used her “White privilege” in protecting a Black man from police during a courtroom meeting that erupted into a protest last week.

Moore, the womanist scholar and activist behind The Free People Project, posted a video on Instagram featuring protesters at the Sacramento City Council board meeting about the case of Stephon Clark on Tuesday night.

Asian Americans in Irvine Draw Outrage For Protesting Homeless Shelters

Asian Americans in Irvine, California have come together to protest against a plan to build emergency homeless shelters in the city, arguing for the protection of their neighborhoods and families.

Hundreds participated in the demonstration at the Orange County Hall of Administration last week, many of whom were Chinese Americans who gathered after days of organizing.

BYU Comedy Skit ‘Moana You Ugly’ Draws Backlash for Racism

A skit has been pulled from a Brigham Young University comedy troupe’s lineup after Pacific Islander activists accused the organization of brownface, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. The skit, created by Divine Comedy and titled “Moana You Ugly”, was a mashup of last year’s Disney hit, “Moana”, and the 1969 LDS-produced film “Johnny Lingo”.

The skit in question was named after one of the quotes from “Johnny Lingo”, said by the father of Mahana, one of the main characters:

Twitter Honors Asian-American Feminist Grace Lee Boggs With Hashtag #GraceLeeTaughtMe

Grace Lee Boggs, activist, feminist, author, and philosopher, touched the lives of many through her work. She authored several books, including “Women and the Movement to Build a New America” and “The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century” and was the first person to translate some of Karl Marx’s essays from the “Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts of 1844” to English.

Boggs worked tirelessly in the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements with her husband, James Boggs, right up until her death on October 5, 2015.

5 Ways You Can Make Social Change Without Really Trying

Inactivism. Slacktivism. Whatever you want to call it, the terms refer to people who want to make social change while doing the absolute bare minimum (or nothing at all but think they’re helping).

To actual activists, this can be frustrating; they’re out there “pounding the pavement” so to speak, volunteering and doing the dirty work while others sit idly by yet demand change. And while we definitely think that hard work needs to be done, we get it — life gets in the way, and who has time for commitment, amirite or amirite?