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Foundations team up to build unity in & outside Asian communities

By Randall Yip, AsAmNews Executive Editor Asian American youth living on the margins in New York City will be the direct beneficiaries of $1.5 million in funding from the The Jeremy Lin Foundation in collaboration with The Asian American Foundation (TAAF). The seed money announced today will go to nine...

AAPI-led march calls for “unity” amongst communities of color

By Jessica Xiao, AsAmNews Contributor WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Saturday, just over forty years since the murder of Vincent Chin, hundreds of people gathered on the National Mall for unity amongst communities of color against racism, in a burgeoning attempt to grapple with AAPI identity in social justice movements and...

A resource guide to supporting the AAPI Community

By Lindsay Wang, AsAmNews & Maya Seo, AsAmNews Intern Last year, AsAmNews published what is arguably the most comprehensive guide ever to supporting the Asian American community. This year to kick off AAPI Heritage Month, we are republishing the guide with some updated new information. This includes both national resources...

South Asians tackle caste discrimination in U.S.

Prem Pariyar, 37, a Nepali immigrant, is considered Dalit, the lowest run of the caste system. He's one of a growing number of South Asians pushing for awareness of the caste system in the United States and urging universities to take action against it, reported USA Today. According to...

We Belong: The Immigrant History Initiative on Race and Migration

By Rhiannon Koh, AsAmNews Despite being part of the United States’ story, the Asian American community and their diverse experiences have been largely ignored and sanitized in educational materials. This limited narrative has had devastating consequences, especially since the highly politicized outbreak of COVID-19. Paired with the social justice protests...

1 in 3 South Asians may die of heart disease before 65

South Asians are at four times greater risk of developing heart disease, reports the American Bazaar. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, South Asians make up 60% of all heart disease cases worldwide. In the United States, that's lead to increase attention to the risks. “It’s part of my genetics, for...

Hong Kong teacher named fastest woman to climb Everest

Photo by Shrimpo1967 retouched by Papa Lima Whiskey 2 via Wikimedia Commons A Hong Kong school teacher set the record as the fastest female climber to scale Mount Everest, People reports. Tsang Yin-hung, 45, scaled the world's highest peak from the base camp in 25 hours and 50 minutes. The...

A resource guide to supporting the AAPI Community

By Lindsay Wang, AsAmNews Associate Editor Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community has experienced an exponential growth in anti-AAPI hate and violence. Every week, social media feeds are flooded with news reports of assaults and attacks on the elderly, the...

Biden Wishes Indian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians a Happy New Year

President Joe Biden sent warm wishes to Indian Americans, South Asians and Southeast Asians on the eve of their New Year, Hindu Business Line reports. “(First Lady) Jill (Biden) and I send our warmest wishes to the South Asian and Southeast Asian communities who are celebrating Vaisakhi, Navratri, Songkran and the incoming...

One man’s journey of becoming an Indian American

By Nathan Reddy, Community Works I am Indian American. That statement does not represent the amount of time and experience it has taken for me to break that to you. The identification came about through my just completed participation in Cornell’s The Public Service Center Scholars Program. Two years ago,...

New York’s AAPI community stages a CeleBrasian

By Shirley Lew “CelebrAsian” was this year’s theme for the 40thanniversary of the Asian Pacific Heritage month festival on New York City's Mott Street, organized by the Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans (CAPA). It was a hot day, but that didn’t deter many from enjoying the musical performances, demonstrations...

South Asians grew 40% in the U.S. in just 7 years

Views from the Edge By 2065, Asian Americans are on track to be the largest immigrant population in the U.S.  Much of that remarkable growth is driven by the South Asian population which grew a staggering 40% in seven years, from 3.5 million in 2010 to...

Nepalese Asylum Seekers get Temporary Reprieve from Deportation

Views from the Edge The immigration status of Nepalese refugees has been given an extension by the courts and allowed to temporarily remain in the U.S. The court decided March 12 to allow Nepalese Keshave Bhattarai and his fellow plaintiffs to keep his Temporary Protected Status,...

Neighbors Feared Asian Grocery Store Would Attract Undesirables

The city of Fairfield near Cincinnati has rejected an Asian grocery store opposed by nearby residents, reports Cincinnati.com. The Fairfield City Council unanimously rejected the application from Nepal-born Narayan Dhungel. According to the Journal-News, Dhungel estimated his market would have attracted 40-50 a day and was situated next to...

Asians Americans File Briefs Supporting Affirmative Action at Harvard

Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice) joined other Civil Rights groups Monday in filing a "friend of the court" brief  in support  of Harvard’s race-conscious holistic admissions policy. The groups submitted the briefs in opposition to the lawsuit filed by Students for Fair Admission, a group headed by Edward Blum,...

Teen Tells Theatre Group Not All Asians Are the Same

A 14-year old just could not remain silent when she heard the theatre program she had been a part of was performing The Hot Mikado, the 1939 adaptation from David Bell based on Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado. The teenager who is identified only as Hannah's wrote a letter...

Lunar New Year & Tết Festival Coming Soon

By Brittney Le AsAmNews Intern   What's so special about January 28th this year? It won't be just any normal Saturday - Lunar New Year is finally coming, ringing in the Year of the Rooster. Lunar New Year is celebrated by various Asian cultures, notably Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean,  Cambodian,Thai , Burmese, Cambodian...

Indian Americans Are Now The Second Largest Immigrant Group In The U.S. (And The Richest)

By Zara Zhi AsAmNews Staff Writer When people think of the largest immigrant groups in the U.S., Mexicans and Chinese usually come to mind. But changing immigration patterns have already led to a major demographic shift in America that has not yet been widely reported. According to recent census data, immigrants from...

Culture Faces Extinction

By Minnie Roh Asian American Life The devastating earthquake that struck Nepal in April killed close to 9,000 people. Hit particularly hard was the region surrounding Kathmandu Valley, - home to an indigenous people called the Newar. Even before the earthquake leveled the area, the Newars were facing extinction, their distinct culture...
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