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Inclusiveness and Diversity

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
By Mike Pulsifer
Posted on 4/21/2021 10:09 AM
Each month Penn's Village Inclusiveness and Diversity Committee recommends several resources to help our members and friends to be more informed and aware, and perhaps even inspired to action, concerning the racial biases in each of us and in our society and the resulting inequities, past and present. These resources, assem-bled by Lori Dumas and Mike Pulsifer, will represent different mediums, different per-spectives and experiences, and diverse authors.

May, 2021 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (Recommended by Harry Sakamaki)

City of Philadelphia – The City of Philadelphia has initiated the Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (MCAPAA) and urges all of us to act with compassion during this great time of need, put aside fears, and see our shared humanity. To learn about the work of this commission and some of the ways we can celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in our city click on this link:

Book: Making of Asian American by Erica Lee - The Book shows how generations of Asian immigrants and their American-born descendants have made and remade Asian American life, from sailors who came on the first trans-Pacific ships in the 1500 to the Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II. Over the past fifty years, a new Asian America has emerged out of community activism and the arrival of new immigrants and refugees. As Erica Lee shows, Asian Americans have continued to struggle as both “despised minorities” and “model minorities,” revealing all the ways that racism has persisted in their lives and in the life of the country. You may order this book through Amazon by copying this link in your browser:

An Article: We Must Confront Anti–Asian American Hate Crimes - Larry Hogan, Governor of Maryland, and Lanhee J. Chen, a fellow at the Hoover Institution, cover the stories of the recent series of hate crimes against Asian Americans in The At-lantic magazine. They urge leaders across the country to denounce the hate. To read this article copy this link in your browser:

A YouTube Video: AAU TeachIn: Anti-Asian Violence: Asian Americans United, a group of volunteers, has worked in Philadelphia’s Asian American communities responding to the needs for educational services, immigrant rights, and discrimi-nation. This YouTube video shows a panel discussion on the history and the current topics of anti-Asian American violence in Philadelphia. The link to this dis-cussion is:

TV Mini-Series: This Asian Americans television documentary series on PBS covers the history of Asian immigrants to America from the variety of different Asian cultural backgrounds. These videos can be accessed by copying this link in your browser:

Recommended Website: This Stop AAPI Hate site is for tracking and responding to in-cidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning, and child bullying against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders:

The AAPI community Fund is for donations to support AAPI community. To make a do-nation please copy this link in your browser: