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Just a reminder that our National AAPI Presidential Town Hall will take place "virtually" this Saturday (June 27th) at 3pm with former Vice-President Joe Biden and a surrogate from President Trump's campaign.

The Commonwealth Seminar is one of nearly 200 local & national organizations partnering on this historic, non-partisan event, and we'd love for you to join us as either an attendee or as a community partner.

You can register HERE or via. the email, below  Please let me know if you'd like to sign up as a community partner? We'd love to have more representation from Massachusetts! 

The event is being spearheaded by Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote). As some of you may know, I was fortunate enough to be the Executive Director of APIAVote a number of years ago, and I am a big fan & supporter of the work they do.  

I hope you can join the Commonwealth Seminar and the nearly 200 other AAPI organizations in supporting this historic, non-partisan event.

Thanks.
- Leverett
(Presidential Town Hall info, below)
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THIS Saturday (3pm):
National Presidential Town Hall
National, Asian American Presidential Town Hall

The Seminar is excited to invite you to the National, Asian American & Pacific Islander Presidential Town Hall, this Saturday (June 27th) at 3pm.

The Commonwealth Seminar is one of nearly 200 local & national organizations partnering on this historic, non-partisan event, spearheaded by Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote).

You can find additional details, HERE

Former Vice-President Joe Biden has confirmed his attendance, as has a surrogate from President Donald Trump's campaign.
Watch our recent
"Mental Health in Underserved Communities"
Lunch & Learn HERE

With over 130 people in attendance, our recent Lunch & Learn re: Mental Health in Underserved Communities was a huge success.

If you weren't able to join us (or if you'd like to see it again), you can watch it on our website HERE.  
Condemnation... Hope...
And Commitment

In light of the killings of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, and George Floyd in Minnesota, the Seminar released a statement condemning these killings, offering our message of hope, and reiterating our longstanding, fifteen-year commitment to change.  

Please read our statement HERE
Learn How to Protect Yourself from COVID-19 HERE
And Then, Support Organizations
Helping Our Communities
A number of organizations have mobilized to support communities affected by COVID-19... Support them HERE
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New Job & Career Opportunities
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Visit our Jobs Page for New Jobs and Career Opportunities, including:

- Massachusetts Black & Latino Legislative Caucus (Executive Director)
- Project Bread - (Vice President of People & Operations)
- Higher Ground Boston - (Parent Organizer)
- CHICA Project - (Multiple positions and Internships)
- MassCreative - (Director of Engagement & Organizing)
- Massachusetts Voter Table - (Digital Organizing & Data Associate)
- Scholars Strategy Network - (Multiple positions)
- Community Catalyst - (Multiple positions)
We have two exciting invitations for you, this week - one local, one national.

First - Join us for our very first "virtual" Commonwealth Seminar Graduation, TOMORROW (Wednesday) from 5:30-7:30pm.  This is an incredible, resilient, generous class who have attended the Seminar during an unprecedented time, and I hope you'll help us celebrate their entrance into the Seminar Family, tomorrow.



We're thrilled that two of our Graduation Speakers will be Tanisha Sullivan (President of the Boston Chapter of the NAACP) and Janson Wu (Executive Director of GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders - better known as GLAD).

Both Tanisha and Janson are two fantastic leaders, speaking during a remarkable time for both of their organizations. We hope you can join us tomorrow.

Second The National AAPI Presidential Town Hall will take place this Saturday (June 27th) at 3pm with former Vice-President Joe Biden and a surrogate from President Trump's campaign.

The Commonwealth Seminar is one of nearly 200 local & national organizations partnering on this historic, non-partisan event, and we'd love for you to join us as either an attendee or as a community partner. 

Please let me know if you'd like to sign up as a community partner? We'd love to have more representation from Massachusetts! 

The event is being spearheaded by Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote), and you can find additional details on the event, below. As some of you may know, I was fortunate enough to be the Executive Director of APIAVote a few years ago, and I am a big fan & supporter of the work they do.  

I hope you can join the Commonwealth Seminar and the nearly 200 other AAPI organizations in supporting this non-partisan event.

Thanks.
- Leverett
(Presidential Town Hall and Leadership Summit info, below)

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NEXT SATURDAY: Register for the 2020 Presidential Town Hall!

Stay up-to-date on our event happening next Saturday, June 27th at 3 PM ET. 

Our fourth Presidential Town Hall is less than a week away!
Join us virtually on Saturday, June 27th at 3 PM ET alongside the Biden and Trump campaigns* and learn more about how each will address important issues such as healthcare, education, the economy, and gun control in a future presidency.
Asian Americans are the nation's fastest-growing population. It is imperative that we show the power of our communities and actively shape our democracy. Since 2008, the Presidential Town Hall has served as a forum for AAPIs to push for AAPI issues to be addressed and on the radar of campaigns and the media. In giving presidential candidates a platform to directly address AAPI community members, leaders, and organizers, the town hall has become one of the few spaces geared specifically for candidates to speak directly to AAPIs, about AAPIs.
Don't miss this historic event. Make sure you are ready for the 2020 election.  
Can't wait? There is good news! The event will be part of The National AAPI Leadership Summit which will begin on June 22nd and end July 2nd. 
To register click here or, visit apiavote.org/townhall.  
Thank you to all of our host organizations, partners, and supporting groups. We hope to see you there! 

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Some current events that you should know.

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Join us for a FREE webinar opportunity featuring Judy Shen-Filerman (CEO of Dreambridge Partners).
Description:
Research has shown that women, immigrants, and professionals of color can find it challenging to speak up and establish credibility in the workplace. These issues are further exacerbated in the Virtual Workplace, where professionals need to be more proactive and assertive to be visible with their managers and teams.
This conversation will address these unique communications challenges and provides strategies to speak up and be noticed in the Virtual Workplace.
Please join us in this session to learn more about the communication strategies that you can employ in your next virtual workplace meeting to heighten your own presence and credibility. Take advantage of this free webinar to learn, practice, and master being seen and heard in the virtual workplace!
Click here to register!
Note: This event was previously planned for June 11th, but is now rescheduled for June 23rd
Research has shown that women, immigrants, and professionals of color can find it challenging to speak up and establish credibility in the workplace. These issues are further exacerbated in the Virtual Workplace, where professionals need to be more proactive and assertive to be visible with their managers and teams.



This conversation will address these unique communications challenges and provides strategies to speak up and be noticed in the Virtual Workplace.



Feat. Judy Shen-Filerman



Judy Shen-Filerman is the CEO and Leadership Sherpa of Dreambridge Partners, a cross-cultural leadership training and consulting firm, focused on galvanizing Best Self, Belonging, and Collaboration as key drivers for organizational innovation and productivity.



A Harvard College and Harvard Business School graduate, Judy also led innovative businesses at Procter & Gamble, Campbell Soup Asia, and Polaroid. As the youngest executive at Polaroid, leading a half-billion dollar product portfolio, Judy catapulted Polaroid into their first-ever e-commerce business.



Please join us in this session to learn more about the communication strategies that you can employ in your next virtual workplace meeting to heighten your own presence and credibility. Take advantage of this free webinar to learn, practice, and master being seen and heard in the virtual workplace!


          



The next year in Asian women's health

Dear friends and supporters,

Please join us for our Annual Meeting! We will be discussing our plans for 2020-2021, our response to COVID-19, health equity, and what we can do to counter racism and support Black lives.

Active supporters can vote in our Board of Directors election and we will also screen our new anti-racism PSA. 
See you there!
 
Asian Women For Health
Annual Meeting
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
6:00 to 7:30 p.m. EDT


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During this unprecedented time of COVID-19, survivors impacted by domestic violence are at greater risk while they are confined to their homes with abusers. The added financial stress, isolation and uncertainty have only exacerbated an already difficult situation. Over 90% of ATASK clients are under the poverty line, speak limited English and face multiple barriers in accessing help. Through the generosity of our caring community, ATASK has the resources to  adapt and respond to the needs of our clients as the ongoing health crisis continues to unfold.

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, ATASK has been able to:

  • Operate our multilingual hotline 24 hours per day, 7 days per week
  • Keep our emergency shelter open and fully staffed, while following public health guidance
  • Adapt our services so advocates can continue providing case management and emotional support to clients virtually
  • Assist our clients who lost their jobs with applying for unemployment, health insurance and other public benefits
  • Provide financial assistance to clients for rent, utilities, groceries and other essentials
  • Provide legal assistance to survivors on matters related to unemployment, public benefits, immigration, housing rights, and emergency abuse prevention orders, especially as they relate to changes resulting from COVID-19
  • Secure funding for additional housing options so survivors can shelter in place safely
  • Deliver 900 pounds of food to the shelter through our partnership with the Greater Boston Food Bank
  • Distribute masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and disinfectants to clients and staff
  • Keep our clients and staff safe and healthy by covering costs for safer transportation
  • Provide our staff the technology needed to work remotely
  • Explain to clients the importance of their participation in the 2020 Census, and assist in the completion of their forms
  • Participate in city and statewide meetings with health, legal, and sexual and domestic violence providers, state agencies, state legislators and other community leaders to ensure COVID-19 efforts address the needs of survivors

For domestic violence survivors, social distancing and isolation can be life threatening. Now more than ever, our community needs us. If you know someone who may need help, call our 24/7 multilingual hotline at (617) 338-2355 or email info@atask.org. We can provide information and resources, safety planning and support.  Services are free, confidential, and available to documented and undocumented persons.

We are incredibly grateful for our supporters and our community partners for bringing much-needed resources to our survivor community.  With your support, we will continue to adapt our services to meet the needs of survivors. 
Lt. Governor Karyn Polito addresses the public on the impact of isolation and working from home on survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. The Commonwealth of MA has enacted emergency measures to address the increased vulnerability and risk to survivors and provides information on how to access critical services.
APAICS in Conversation:
APAICS in Conversation is an exciting new weekly series of virtual fireside chats to learn and hear from leading AAPIs in their field. Each teleconference is approximately 30 minutes and includes a Q&A session with the participants.
Listen to an insightful conversation with the Honorable Patrick Shen, former Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices in the U.S. Department of Justice moderated by Peter S. Hyun, Partner at Wiley as they address constitutional rights during this public health crisis, the growing violence against Asians and Asian Americans, and the resources through which victims can report violence
Patrick Shen is a partner in in Fragomen's Government Strategies and Corporate Compliance Group. In this capacity, he works with U.S. and multinational clients to maintain compliant immigration programs.
Prior to rejoining Fragomen, Patrick was appointed by the President and confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate as Special Counsel for Immigration-related Unfair Employment Practices in the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division. He also served as Policy and Planning Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the Department of Homeland Security, and Chief Immigration Counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Earlier in his career, Patrick spent several years as an immigration litigator for the Justice Department, having served as an Assistant District Counsel of the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and a trial lawyer in the United States Attorney's Office in Brooklyn, NY and the Justice Department in Washington, DC, representing INS and other agencies in federal courts. He also had a stint in private practice as Director of Government Relations for Fragomen prior to his presidential appointment.
Patrick is a volunteer with his local fire department in Maryland. He was an adjunct professor at American University's Washington College of Law, and a sports reporter in Taiwan before returning to the United States to attend law school.
The moderator of the Conversation, Peter S. Hyun, is a partner at Wiley, a Washington, DC law firm that operates at the intersection of politics, law, government, business, and technological innovation. As a former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia's U.S. Attorney's Office, Assistant Attorney General in the New York Attorney General's office, and Chief Counsel to U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein on the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Peter provides strategic advice to companies and individuals navigating multifront government investigations and litigation.
Peter is also an active member of the Federal Bar Association's National Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association in D.C., and the Council of Korean Americans. He is also a contributor to the Cybersecurity Law ReportBloomberg LawThe Hill, and VentureBeat.

Check out past APAICS in Conversations

This program is funded through the generosity of APAICS’ supporters. Please consider a donation today so we can continue bringing our programming to educate and promote a politically active and civically engaged AAPI community. 
APAICS in Conversation is a platform to educate and showcase AAPI speakers. APAICS does not endorse the policies or views expressed by the participants.


APR21

ACE NextGen Crisis Management Series: Uniting in Crisis

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 · Hosted by ACE NextGen


Deep Dive With Andrew Chau of Boba Guys

To RSVP, join the private ACE Nextgen group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/ACENextGen/

If you have at all been following AAPI culture and community, you have heard of his name, or had his boba. Andrew Chau is a man of many talents and accomplishments including opening 20 Boba Guys stores in multiple cities and states, and calling Will Smith as one of his investors. These days he is testifying on Capitol Hill for small business, and fighting violence against Asians with campaigns like WashTheHate.

But let’s see how the boba was made. We know his social media prescence and brand, but let’s see what really makes Andrew tick, what his vision for AAPI’s in America is, and what its going to take to truly bridge cultures. With our remainder of our time, we will take it back to earth a bit and hear how Andrew re-opening his stores amongst COVID-19.
          
April 2020

New challenges mean new opportunities
Left to right: Anthony Yu, Raissa Li, Ashley Yuen/staff, Jenny Wu, Dong Tong, Chien-Chi Huang/staff
Exploring new opportunities
At AWFH, we are following the advice of health professionals to curtail the spread of COVID-19 and transitioning our in-person events to virtual. We know that social distancing can lead to isolation for many people, which can be detrimental to our mental health.

Over the past month, we have been exploring the use of technology to continue our work to provide peer support and health webinars in English and Mandarin. Let us know what kinds of information and support are interesting to you! We are also compiling pandemic-related resources to list on our website.

Upcoming webinars, all on Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. EDT:

April 18: Money Matters during COVID-19 by Ms. Mui
April 25: Abstract Landscape Painting Art workshop by Heidi Lee
May 2: How to be an Ally discussion led by Brenda Herrera Moreno
May 9: Tea AppreciAsian/Trivia by Candy Liang & Grace An
Learning about traditional practices

Thank you to all who joined us for our webinar on Eastern ​Medicine and COVID-19 earlier this month! We featured Jonathan (Huan-Wen) Fang, a second generation Chinese medicine practitioner who has been licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and has been practicing acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine since 2004. He is a certified eastern medicine practitioner as well as a Reiki II practitioner and auricular therapist.

We discussed three ways Eastern medicine can be beneficial to our health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Herbs can strengthen our immune systems, which help fight off viruses. Acupuncture also boosts immunity, and unblocks our body’s meridians to increase chi and blood circulation. Exercise in general, including Taoist exercise, can invigorate blood circulation and support healthier T cell production.

These are great practices to consider adding to our health maintenance routines, along with handwashing, wearing face masks in public, and practicing social distancing. Thank you to Jonathan Fang for providing his expertise!
Check out our podcast archive

Production of our From Resilience to Radiance podcast is temporarily on hold, and the archive is available on our websiteSoundCloud, and Apple Podcast. Now is a great time to catch up on any episodes you may have missed! 
Give us a listen!
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Member of the Month

Amy Hsu is a recent graduate from Wellesley College, but was raised in Taipei, Taiwan. With a deep interest in working with people and a curiosity in science, she hopes to pursue a career in medicine. She currently works in Charles River Community Health working trilingually (English/Chinese/Spanish) to ensure patients receive appropriate and timely care for abnormal breast and colorectal screening.

Through Asian Women for Health, she has found an avenue to help close the gaps in cultural and structural-based health disparities. Last year at Celebrasians, she was the Model Coordinator and hopes to become a certified health educator in the future to further contribute to Asian Women for Health!
Join our weekly check in group
Staying connected during this time provides benefits for our mental and emotional health. We are starting up weekly check-ins the week of April 20 for the following groups:
  • LGBTQ+ group
    Mondays, 1:00-2:00 p.m.

     
  • Mom's group
    Tuesdays, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

     
  • Adult women's group (age 30 and over)
    Wednesdays, 1:00-2:00 p.m.

     
  • Young women's group (under age 30)
    Thursdays, 1:00-2:00 p.m.

     
  • Singles
    Fridays, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

     
  • Cancer survivors & patients group
    Sundays, 2:00-3:00 p.m. 
Email us to sign up - you can join more than one group! Thank you to Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation for funding this program through their Harvard Pilgrim Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grant.
Community COVID-19 Resources

Last month, we shared some pandemic-related resources that we thought may be useful. Here are some more that might be helpful, from a rental relief fund in Boston to a video of Dr. Choi speaking about anti-Asian prejudice during this time. More resources are available on our website.
 Stay healthy, stay safe, stay connected!

Job Opportunity

The Massachusetts District Office of the Small Business Administration is hiring a Program Support Assistant and an Outreach and Marketing Specialist. More term positions are available with their disaster response efforts. See more information on these jobs!

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AWFH Newsletter | January 2020
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2020: A year with AspirAsians!!

As I was giving an orientation to our newly hired program coordinator (welcome aboard, Ashley Yuen), I suddenly realized how much we have accomplished in the past 7 years!!

2019 was a year with innovative initiatives:
  1. From Resilience to Radiance” monthly podcast, produced and hosted by none other than our Awesome Audrey Paek;
  2. “MobilizAsians” - an online WeChat support forum for Chinese women living with breast cancer, which is funded by the Massachusetts Medical Society
  3. National HepB Foundation funded AWFH to identify key stakeholders and orchestrate a statewide effort in collaboration with APAMSA and organizations serving the Asian American communities.

Moving forward, we will continue using technology to maximize our reach while reducing cultural and language barriers.
We aspire to launch the following new initiatives to build the confidence, capacity and connections of Asian women:
  1. Monthly socials that will take place on the 2nd Saturday every month (see the pictures and a short write up below for Jan Dumpling So Special event). RSVP for the Feb Potluck Hotpot here.
  2. EducAsians” - train peer health educators to provide point of care and heart health education at the Boston Public Market and Roxbury Tenants of Harvard
  3. ASSIST: Asian Sisters Supporting Individual Survivor’s Transformation” - a retreat to heal the mind, body and spirit of Asian cancer or trauma survivors

Please put the dates below on your calendar for our signature annual events, and let us know how you’d like to be involved:

Finally, our annual meeting will take place at Impact Hub Boston (50 Milk Street, Boston 15th floor) on Wednesday, June 17th from 6-8 p.m.  We’d love to see you there and hear your ideas about how we can advance Asian women’s health and wellbeing.


Stay healthy, stay connected!

Chien-Chi Huang

"I Didn't Think It Could Happen to Me"
Hi! My name is Ellie Nguyen. I am a 26 year old first-generation Vietnamese-American woman who spent a year with Asian Women for Health facilitating cervical health workshops. I led workshops on the risks of HPV (human papilloma virus) and cervical cancer among Vietnamese women, because they are 3 times as likely to develop cervical cancer. As a minor demographic, these rates are alarming. 
HPV can be prevented by using protection, along with regular testing and vaccinations for young women and femmes, depending on their age. Throughout my work and knowledge on the issue, I never imagined that I would be affected. In 2018, I went for a routine Pap Smear and received my results back that said I had “abnormal cells” present. Usually, this isn’t a reason to panic as it can go away on its own over time. Instead of testing every 3 years with normal results, I had to get another Pap smear in a year. 
In summer of 2019, I received abnormal results again which is followed up by a procedure called a “colposcopy” which allows doctors to get a closer look of your cervix. Turns out, I had high-risk cells (NOT cancer cells), which if left untreated over time would turn into cervical cancer.

Lastly, a few months after I had another procedure called a “LEEP (Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure)”, which removes those high-risk cells from your cervix. This is mostly successful but includes close monitoring to make sure that the high-risk cells were removed.

Despite all of the knowledge I had, my ability to successfully navigate through the healthcare system, and privilege to access that care that I need - I was still really terrified and dissociated from the process. I knew I needed to push through to follow up on testing and procedures but I can understand why patients may delay their processes. It was surreal to hear that I had high-risk cells. I couldn’t find the language to talk about it with my family so I felt isolated. I was caught up in work and life things, so I had to push these to the back of my mind until the time of my appointments. Luckily, all of my providers were supportive, thorough in explaining what the procedures were and none of them were particularly painful. They all took 10 minutes or less.

I feel a huge relief for myself however I feel a surge to continue disseminating this information to Vietnamese women because cervical cancer is so preventable. Whether it’s due to stigma, lack of awareness, or lack of medical or communal support - we must break the barriers that prevent patients from receiving the care they need. 

Learn more about HPV
From Resilience to Radiance: Episode #11
Living Beyond Cancer and Cultural Stigma / Breast Cancer


While the prevalence of women’s breast cancer varies significantly by race/ethnicity, an earlier age-onset of breast cancer incidence, specifically among Asian and Asian American women, have warranted more research and public outreach for early screenings and mammograms, and education on the risk factors.

In this episode, we follow the personal journey of one young cancer survivor and advocate, Jeannie Karkowski, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 30.  In the face of stigmas and struggles with her bi-cultural identity, she discovered the power of her own voice, as well as a support network that has helped her to heal and contribute to the community.  Read More
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1/11 Dumpling So Special
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Thank you to everyone who joined us at our January social: dumpling making party on 1/11! We hope you all had a great time making these Chinese-style dumplings and meeting new friends! Click the button below and check out albums on our Facebook page to see more pictures! And please stay tuned for our upcoming events!
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AWFH is Looking for Volunteers!!

We need help staff the table and conduct field surveys at the below events.
Please email info@asianwomenforhealth.org to signup for am or pm shift:

Upcoming Community Events

Girlx Empowerment Career Night
Call for volunteers!!
If you are a woman (of color, if possible) working in Medicine, Science and Public Health-related fields who would be willing to share your stories and experiences to other young girls, please come join this Career Night under Girlx Only Leadership Program (GOLD) hosted by YWCA Cambridge on January 28, from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at Cambridge City Hall. 

This career night is mainly designed for middle schoolers in Cambridge/ Boston who identity with the struggles of girlhood, and will allow them to hear from professionals about their careers and life experiences through small group discussions to build self-confidence, intergenerational relationships, and positive femme and women professional role models.

Please feel free to pass to your networks and to have interested parties directly contact: pkranz-howe@ywcacam.org and phone number is: 617-491-6050 x 3035.

Date: 1/28 (Tue.)
Time: 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Cambridge City Hall
(795 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139)
Learn more about GOLD
What's Next for Boston Public Schools? 

Please join us for a conversation with the Superintendent of Boston Public Schools, Dr. Brenda Cassellius, on January  30, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. At this forum, she'll share her community-informed vision for the district.

Appointed in May 2019, Dr. Cassellius has visited all 125 schools in the school district and hosted well over 100 community conversations and town hall meetings.  The visits, conversations, and inputs have helped to shape her strategic priorities and budget recommendations for the coming school year. Dr. Cassellius will provide an overview of her priorities and plans, and a panel discussion will follow the presentation.

Date: 1/30 (Thu.)
Time: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m
P.S. Unfortunately, registration and the waitlist for this event have reached capacity. However, the event will be broadcast online. Click the button below for the live stream.
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Boston Girls Empowerment Network
Girls Research Presentation

SAVE THE DATE for this year's Boston Girls Empowerment Network Workshop!
On 2/19, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m, BGEN and The American City Coalition (TACC) present you Girls Research Presentation. Pathways for Girls Study assesses the personal assets, resources, challenges, experiences, and interests of 14 to 21-year-old girls and young women of color from the Roxbury community.

Date: 2/19 (Wed.)
Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Bolling Building (Boston Public Schools Headquarters), 6F Community Room
(2300 Washington St. Roxbury, MA 02119)
Research Study on Patient-Provider Relationships

Zara Ahmed, a student in the Kilachand Honors College at Boston University is looking for participants who are White or Asian Americans over the age of 18 to participate in this research study.

The purpose of this study is to explore patients' relationships with their primary care provider. Participants would be required to take this 5-10 minute online survey. The questions being asked will ask questions regarding a person’s relationship with their Primary Care Provider (PCP).  These questions will cover topics such as: trust, helpfulness, and accessibility of your PCP. All data collected will remain anonymous and will not be connected to the email provided for compensation.

If you would like to participate in this study or have any questions about it, please email zzahmed@bu.edu or call 203-824-3893 with any questions.
WeChat group for Chinese breast cancer patients, survivors and their love ones

AWFH is creating a WeChat Group for Chinese breast cancer patient, survivors and their care givers to share information and support one another.

If you are interested in joining or need more info, please email info@asianwomenforhealth.org
Job Opportunities

Tech Goes Home is hiring a Program Manager

Federation with Children of Special Needs is hiring for part-time position 
HHS-Office of Adolescent Health has ORISE Fellowship positions available

Boston Explorers is seeking Day Camp Counselor/Teen Program Leader

Boston Public Health Commission is looking for a full-time public health program coordination
Volunteer with AWFH

Asian Women for Health is always seeking volunteers to become part of our network! If you are interested, please take part in this brief survey. Your participation will help us match your interests to the various volunteer opportunities. We look forward to growing the AWFH network with your help!
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General Chen is the first Chinese American 2-Star General in the U.S. Army; his father was a captain and pilot of the U.S. Army Air Forces assigned to the 14th Air Force (Flying Tigers) under General Claire Chennault in the Chinese-Burma-India Theatre during World War II.
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General Chen will give highlights from his distinguished career, an Overview of Chinese American Veterans Involvement in WWII, the Status of the Congressional Gold Medal design process, the projected Spring 2020 DC ceremony, and the Project’s official registration process and database. Included will be coverage of Chinese Americans in the American Volunteer Group, China Air Task Force, and 14th Air Force.

Event hosted by the Chinese American Citizens Alliance - Boston, and the American Legion Boston Chinatown Post 328 and sponsored by the Chinese Historical Society of New England, East Boston Savings Bank, and South Cove Community Health Center

CHSNE is contributing to a new exhibition at the Boston Athenæum

Required Reading
Reimagining a Colonial Library 

Boston Athenæum | 10 1/2 Beacon St, Boston
September 2019 - March 2020

The exhibition showcases and interprets the King’s Chapel Library Collection, one of the surviving treasures of 17th century Boston, exploring the city's colonial history, the fine crafts of bookbinding and furniture-making, and the meaning of “essential knowledge.” In 1698, the set of more than 200 books crossed the Atlantic to serve as a compact library of necessary works for King’s Chapel, the first Anglican church in Boston. As this 1698 library was assembled from a singular point of view, the Athenaeum invited CHSNE, along with other community partners representing a plurality of perspectives, to share in curating the exhibition by providing our “required reading” list of ten titles. 
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CHSNE’s “essential reading” list seeks to give an overview of the struggles and triumphs of Chinese immigrants and their descendents in the United State. The list includes legislation, scholarly works that analyze the effects of these laws, and expressive works that offer more personal perspectives.
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We're excited to announce that CHSNE is taking part of a new exhibition at the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) in New York City. 

Gathering
Collecting and Documenting Chinese American History

Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), New York City
October 2019 - March 2020

Gathering: Collecting and Documenting Chinese American History will tell the origin story of historical societies, museums, and organized projects that document and make public the history of Chinese throughout America. This first-of-its-kind survey exhibition is part of MOCA's year-long initiative to commemorate the contributions of Chinese railroad workers in the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad 150 years ago. MOCA's goal is to showcase the breadth, depth, and investment of organized documentation and collection of Chinese history in America. Through this project MOCA hope to expand the dialogue, strengthen connections, and increase collaborative work among these organizations. 
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For Gathering, CHSNE submitted a variety of photographs and event materials from the past 27 years. We sent the architectural model of the Chinese Immigrant Memorial at Mount Hope Cemetery.

More than fifteen hundred Chinese immigrants have found their final resting place in three sections of Boston’s Mount Hope Cemetery since 1930. Many of them had been sojourner-workers who lived difficult lives during the Chinese Exclusion Era. Their customary final journey home after death was interrupted first by World War II and later by the civil strife in China. The once temporary burial ground on foreign soil became a permanent one. 
CHSNE was founded in 1992 with a goal to restore the Chinese section of the cemetery and create a central memorial. In March 2007, after over 18 years of dedicated planning, fundraising, and gaining community support, CHSNE members and supporters dedicated the completed Chinese Immigrant Memorial to the unsung heroes buried at Mount Hope. 
The memorial was designed by Joo Kun Lim of Twinspine Architects with input from the community. Lim explained that the modern design was chosen to “[give] the immigrants who are buried there a place in their new home. It’s been almost 100 years since some of them have died [and should] reflect where they are today.” The memorial provides a place for present and future generations to reflect on the contributions and sacrifices of those Chinese American pioneers who first settled in the Boston area. 
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CHSNE NEEDS YOU! CHSNE is dedicated solely to documenting, preserving, and promoting the history and legacy of Chinese immigration in New England. Please consider becoming a member or donating to help cover our projects and operating expenses. 
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Learn how to Life Hack Your Business with Outsourcing at ACE NextGen presents Launch: 4th Annual National Conference with workshop host, Lakhi Siap!
Lakhi is the founder of the Chicago Asian Network and partner at the East Wave Group, a full-
service Multicultural marketing agency serving the fast-growing Asian American community. He has over

12 years of experience in Asian American outreach, PR, and Business Development. He travels regularly
to the Philippines for international business projects and is involved with US-Philippine leadership
relations programs with US Dept of State and the Philippine Department of foreign affairs.
Find out more about our conference at acenextgen.org/annual-conference
Early Bird ticket prices will end Sept 22!

Come and celebrate AAWPI's 10th anniversary in Chinatown along with national and community leaders and our alumnae on fire on Sunday, October 13th at 2:00pm.
As the country’s only political leadership organization specifically for Asian American women, the Asian American Women's Political Initiative (AAWPI) has worked to ensure that Asian American women have a voice in their government. As we celebrate our 10th year, we want to honor our sheroes while we energize, heal with and continue to fight for our immigrant communities and communities of color.

Our AAWPI alumnae are Dreamers, anti-foreclosure activists who have experienced foreclosure themselves, aspiring artists and filmmakers, nonprofit entrepreneurs and candidates for local officeOne thing that connects us all is our love of community, activism and willingness to fight for our right to be seen and herd. AAWPI is dedicated to changing what politics and government look like and to building this pipeline of low-income, immigrant women from and committed to our communities.

Please join us for our 10th year celebration: Women on Fire featuring Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), civil rights attorney and former California Board of Supervisors Jane Kim, and Chinese Progressive Association Executive Director Karen Chen.

AAWPI will be honoring State Rep. Tram Nguyen and Chair of House Ways and Means, State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz as our Legislative Champions and Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) as our Community Champion.

Sunday, October 13th
2:00pm - 4:30pm
Hei La Moon in Boston's Chinatown

September 11, 2019
Early bird tickets for the Asian American Women in Leadership Conference end Sunday, Sept. 15 - don't miss out on this discount!

APPLY TO YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
Applications are open for the 2019-20 Youth Leadership Program! This program is for high school females interested in exploring Asian American identity.

Applications close on Saturday, Oct. 26 and the first session is on Saturday, Nov. 2. 

More information and application can be found here!

UPCOMING EVENTS
ASPIRE Meet and Greet!
Wednesday, Oct. 2
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
50 Milk Street, 5th floor

Whether you're new to the area or looking to expand your current network, come meet some awesome people and learn about ASPIRE and our open roles! There will be snacks and light refreshments.


Mentorship Program - Self-Care Night!
Friday, Sept. 13
6:30-8 p.m.
50 Milk Street, 16th floor (Room: Edison)

We'll be talking all things self-care! Not only about what you can do at home (face masks and bubble baths!) but also self-care at work (taking time to walk away and finding safe spaces). We'll also practice a self-guided mediation together.

Everyone is invited! Please email mentorship@girlsaspire.org to RSVP or send questions.

Mentorship Program - Experience Chinatown Arts Festival!
Saturday, Sept. 28
1 p.m.
Boston Common/Chinatown

Join us at the (free) Experience Chinatown Arts Festival! Meet us at the Bandstand in Boston Common at 1 p.m. and we'll head over to Chinatown to watch performances, eat food, and check out the festivities.

Everyone is invited, including your friends! Please email mentorship@girlsaspire.org to RSVP or send questions.
JOIN OUR TEAM!
Youth Leadership Program (YLP) Facilitator

In this role, you'll work with the YLP Director in running a development program for Asian American girls aged 14-18. The YLP team member(s) must also adhere to all volunteer expectations and responsibilities listed in the ASPIRE bylaws. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Prepare materials for the Saturday workshops
  • Plan and facilitate sections of Saturday workshops
  • Track attendance of participants
  • Conduct outreach to no-show participants

Requirements:

  • Pass CORI background check
  • Experience with teaching, tutoring, mentoring, and/or workshop facilitation preferred

Time Commitment:
  • Two Saturday afternoons per month November-May

Position application and all other ASPIRE opportunities can be found here. Please email info@girlsaspire.org with any questions.
Did you know that a percentage of your Amazon purchase can be donated to ASPIRE at no cost to you? Start your shopping at smile.amazon.com and choose "Asian Sisters Participating In Reaching Excellence Inc" as your benefiting charity!

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