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Wishing you Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year from SCADA!
ID: Beach background with snowman made of sand wearing red Santa hat and bow tie. On top of flyer is a strand of light bulbs and colored ornaments. Text below the ornaments say: “Happy Holidays! Wishing you a new year full of peace and joy.” Next to the snowman is a green wrapped present with yellow ribbon.
We have exciting news coming next month! We will be hosting our first webinar, Saving Face, on September 12 from 2-3pm PST. Webinar will be live-streamed through both zoom and facebook. 
You can join us by registering through the link below.
Flyer description: A flyer with black background with SCADA logo on top right corner. Under the logo is a long banner showing red and green patterned chairs facing each other with small circle table in middle. There are three pictures in the red bordered circles on the bottom of the flyer. Under the circles are their names: Jayne Kim, Derrian Tablin, and Jerrin George. Above them is another picture in a circle with name underneath: Mingchen Yang, Moderator.
Jayne Kim: Asian woman with above shoulder-length black hair wearing blue turquoise shirt with silver necklace, smiling in front of white background. 
Derrian Tablin: Asian woman with shoulder-length black hair wearing black glasses and a black shirt with SCADA logo, smiling in front of white background.
Jerrin George: Headshot of an Indian man with a short black beard and hair. He is wearing black glasses and solid aqua blue shirt and is standing in front of a outdoor multi colored water foundation grinning at the camera. 
Mingchen Yang: Taiwanese woman with hair bun in the back wearing a reddish-orange blouse tank top and loop earrings. 
Text: “Saving Face”
Join us for a roundtable discussion with three Deaf Asian Americans who will be navigating through various topics pertaining to Deaf Asian community. 
Saturday September 12, 2020
2 PM -3 PM PST 
Free registration 
Zoom (logo)Webinar Roundtable Discussion
Happy 75th Anniversary of 🇰🇷South Korea’s Independence (August 15, 1945) from the Japanese colonization. It is known as Korean Liberation Day.
Happy 73rd Anniversary of 🇮🇳 India’s Independence (August 15, 1947) from British Raj
Yesterday, Pakistan celebrated their 73rd Anniversary of 🇵🇰 Pakistan’s Independence (August 14, 1947)  from the British rule. Happy Independence Day!
Get out your painting brushes, it’s time for a painting session! Ka-yun Lau will be instructing a virtual Paint-N-Sign using Zoom. Seats are limited, so secure your spot through the link below!
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Limited to 20 participants. First come, first serve. Don’t miss it!
Under the droplets, it reads:
Sunday, August 16, 2020
Cost: Free
Virtual Paint-N-Sign
Deaf Art Instructor: Ka-Yun Lau
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Once you are registered, a Zoom invitation link for the Virtual Paint-N-Sign will be emailed to you.
Missing our DANO events? Good news, we’ve got one coming up through zoom! Hang out with us while we play a variety of games. Limited number of participants, July 23rd is the deadline to register. Open to both members and nonmembers, see you soon!
Link to register:
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Our 2nd DANO Virtual Social 
Zoom logo 
Saturday, July 25, 2020
You will receive the private link after you register to join
SCADA logo with big pink heart behind.
Come and watch the live streaming on June 30. 
Click one of the links below:
Independence Day in Philippines (Araw ng Kasarinlan) - One of the most significant dates in the Philippine's history is Independence Day because it marks the nation's independence from the Spanish rule on June 12, 1898. Filipinos celebrate it annually on June 12. 
📸: The Philippine Reporter
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ID: Ida Mojahedi, Deaf Filipino woman, with shoulder length black hair and black glasses frame. She wears olive cardigan and a black top. She is sitting down and behind her is a black curtain.
Video Transcript:
Hello, hope you’re doing well. The holidays are coming soon and we are thrilled to announce a holiday giveaway! It includes a SCADA t-shirt, SCADA keychain, 1-year SCADA membership (if you’re already member you’ll get a year extended to your membership), and a $10 Amazon gift card. To enter, share a video no more than 1 minute and 30 seconds or type in the comments, a story of your favorite holiday memory. You must also be located in the U.S.! Deadline to submit your entry is on Friday, December 11. 5 winners will be selected  and announced on December 13 at noon PST. Make to share your video and comments below this post! We look forward to hearing your stories and thank you for supporting SCADA and good luck!

ID: Ida Mojahedi, Deaf Filipino woman, with should...

Saving Face - SCADA proudly presents a Roundtable Discussion with three local Deaf Asian Americans, who will navigate and share their personal experiences and perspectives on various topics related to Deaf Asian communities including the concept of “Saving Face”.
Link to transcript:

Saving Face

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Congratulations message from SCADA's President - ID: Ida Mojahedi, Deaf Filipino woman, with shoulder length black hair and black glasses frame. She wears black shirt. She sits in the corner with red wall with white curtain on the right side. 
Video Transcript:
Congratulations Class of 2020, of all ages from k- college. You made it!  As you face challenges during the difficult times, we SCADA want to show our support and excitement on your special day! We know that it’s unfortunate that you don’t get to walk on your graduation day.  We are proud of you and your hard work.  Tomorrow will be a brighter future thanks to you. You did it! Together we will build a better future for our community.  You have a new exciting life ahead of you! We wish you the best on your next adventure!

Congratulations message from SCADA's President

ID: Ida Mojahedi, Deaf Filipino woman, with should...

Mental Health Awareness Month Vlog - Mental Health Awareness Month Quotes Transcript
Video Transcript: 
Ida: May is Mental Health Awareness Month. What’s the purpose of it? It is to raise awareness about mental health, fight stigma, provide support, educate the public, and advocate. It’s important especially today with the uncertainty with COVID-10 and quarantine. We, SCADA, want to support and encourage one another, so we have tips for you!
Kimberly: It’s important to remain mindful, especially during these times. Breath and notice how you feel, make time to care for yourself, reach out to others and stay connected, and don’t hesitate to seek help. Here are some positive quotes you can remind yourself everyday.
Lan: “My thoughts become my reality.”
Grace: “I take the time to care for my body, mind, and spirit.”
Ginny: “I have people who love and care for me.”
Sarah: “I love myself for who I am.”
Christine: “I will not worry about things I cannot control.”
Laura: “I choose to forgive and let go of anger.”
Leo: “I believe in myself and my goals.”
Derrian: “I’m allowed to relax and self care.”
Lan: “How I feel matters.”
Grace: “I am enough.”
Ginny: “I choose to let go of my fear.”
Sarah: “I deserve happiness.”
Christine: “Today, I will learn and grow.”
Laura: “I will come through this challenge with a better understanding of myself.”
Leo: “It is okay if I make mistakes.”
Derrian: “I know my worth.”
For more information, please visit these websites:

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AAPIHM: Q&A with Leang Ngov - Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we are doing a series of interviews with AAPI deaf individuals from different cultural backgrounds. We ask a variety of questions such how they identify, what their unique stories are, and what advice they have for the Asian Deaf community.
Book mentioned in the video-  "Cambodia History: Cambodian History for the Young Generations," by Soy Taing
More books recommended by Leang Ngov:
1. The Illustrated Guide to Wildlife of Cambodia; Paintings and Text by students from the Liger Learning Center in Cambodia [this is in bilingual - Khmer and English]
2. Khmer Sayings by Khmer Community Development [not sure where to buy this because I bought this in Cambodia] 
3. A History of Democratic Kampuchea (1975-1979) [publishing company: Documentation Center of Cambodia]
4. Modern Literature of Cambodia. Edited by Teri Shaffer Yamada
5. Half Spoon of Rice: A Survival Story of the Cambodian Genocide, written by Icy Smith and illustrated by Sopaul Nhem [this is older children’s picture book]
ID: On the left side- Leang Ngov, Deaf Khmerican womxn with long brown hair, wears brown top. Behind her is an off white/tan wall.  
On the right side- Kimberly Han, light-skinned Korean American woman with medium brown hair and red glasses sits in front of light purple wall. She wears tan sleeveless top.

AAPIHM: Q&A with Leang Ngov

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AAPIHM: Q&A with Jason Hoang - Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we are doing a series of interviews with AAPI deaf individuals from different cultural backgrounds. We ask a variety of questions such how they identify, what their unique stories are, and what advice they have for the Asian Deaf community.
ID: On the left side- Jason Hoang, light skinned Deaf Vietnamese American male  with hair combed to the left, wearing solid black t-shirt  The background from left to right: houseplant with pot, horizontal blinds, a bed w/ pillows fixed, and an inspiration quote canvas hanged on the wall.   
On the right side- Leo Samaniego, light brown skinned Deaf Filipino American with black buzz cut hair and wearing a solid light gray t-shirt. Background is matcha green wall.
Video Transcript:
LS: Hello, I’m Leo Samaniego. I am SCADA’s secretary and social media manager. What are we doing today? We’re celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Month (AAPI) by interviewing different Asian Deaf individuals. Right now, we have a special guest with us here. Do you mind introducing yourself to us?
JH: Hello! Yes, my name is Jason Hoang (signed “8” with middle finger flicking on the left side of his chest). I’m a fitness trainer and content creator.
LS: How are you doing? Doing well?
JH: I’m doing great! Right now, the coronavirus has us in quarantine so we have no choice but to stay home.
LS: Yeah, I got my head shaved because of being in quarantine! 
JH: I can see that! First time that I’ve seen you like that! 
LS: Okay, let’s get things rolling! Are you ready for questions?
JH: Yes, bring it on!
LS: Okay, first question. How do you identify yourself? And how did that identity impact your career and overall life?
JH: To answer your first question, I grew up thinking that I’m an American, period. When I started traveling, I discovered my Asian identity. I learned that I have a lot of identities involved, like being Asian American, but that is a broad answer. To be more specific, I’m Vietnamese - my parents were born and raised in Vietnam, Hong Kong, Chinese, and Deaf American. All of these make up my identity. For the second question, did you ask how my identity-
LS: Yes, how it impacted your career and overall life?
JH: Yes, really I grew as a skinny weak ass kid. Many people viewed me as that kid who was skinny and underweight. I thought I wanted to be masculine, but this damaged my confidence because others kept bringing me down. So over time, I started working out because I wanted to look like the men that you see in the media, such as Black, White, and Latino individuals who were perceived as masculine. This made an impact on my career because of the building pressure from society as a fitness trainer because Asians in this generation have to work two or three times harder, and don’t get a lot of media representation, especially showing us as masculine.
LS: Definitely
JH: We’re assumed to only be weak, nerdy, or intelligent. The lack of masculinity should be a serious discussion in the media.
LS: Stereotyping Asian as nerds.
JH: Right! 
LS: Yes, but it’s interesting how you found your identity. There’s no right time in finding your identity, but it is important you find your identity no matter how early or late. That’s all that matters.
JH: That’s right.
LS: Moving on. What was your relationship with your family like growing up and now? And how do you think they have impacted your choices and experiences?
JH: Really, I was the only Deaf member in the family, meaning my family was especially protective of me while growing up. They always said no to me going out or walking by myself on the streets. I felt restricted and dependent on my family. I had never learned how to become independent. This led to me feeling limited; I wanted to experience new things and travel, but my family said no. I was persistent in wanting to travel for experience. I had to! So, when that happened, I learned a lot about myself. I realized how limited I was because of my family always saying no. I understand that my family cares and wants to protect me, but at the same time, I have to learn on my own, by making my own mistakes and learning from them as life goes on. That realization impacted me greatly, and now I’m learning how to communicate with my family. It’s not one-hundred percent perfect since it takes time to communicate little by little to become open-minded. My Asian family is usually close-minded, so I’m learning how to take things step by step.
LS: I kind of feel that it’s a standard among Asian culture.
JH: Why’s that?
LS: Most tend to be close minded, especially the older generation. The new generation-
JH: Right, because we have to respect our elders. Elders always think they are right, but that might not always be the case. 
LS: Yeah, I also feel like maybe since past generations went through difficult times, they don’t want us to go through that. That’s why they are always protective of us, so I understand that. 
JH: Right.
LS: Okay, next question. We know that you enjoy traveling the world and experiencing different cultures; how has your Asian identity shaped your travels?
JH: How did my identity shape my travels? Really.. Well, for example, going to Mexico or Europe, I always found a way to get my fix of Asian food… It’s hard because they don’t usually match my preferences, but I’m really proud of my identity, my Asian culture. It’s who I am. I’m always motivated to learn about new cultures, but I feel most connected to my Asian identity.
LS: Interesting! So, who are some Asian individuals that you look up to and believe to be good role models, and why?
JH: To be honest with you, growing up, I had no role models.
LS: None?!
JH: There were only a few role models out there, like Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee. Yes, I sort of looked up to them, but I didn’t really feel that strong connection. The problem for me growing up was that I didn’t see enough Asian role models in the media. I didn’t see many then. But now, I look up to Jordan Yeoh, he is a fitness trainer on Youtube and Instagram. His work ethic is great and he’s so motivated about fitness and teaching so I love that. Also, Soo Hee Lee, who is an Instagrammer and published book author. She really made an impact towards research connected to food and fitness. Both Jordan and Soo Hee are Asian Americans, and I look up to them. 
LS: I never heard of them before, I’ll check that out!
JH: Yeah, you should. 
LS: Next, in what ways do you hope Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community will evolve over time? How do you think we could give back and support one another? 
JH: Really, in my experience growing up, I didn’t really see a lot of Asian communities, so it was a really tough time for me. Really, I would like for our generation to look more up to and be involved in bringing both Deaf and Asian communities together. Meaning, we could give back by sharing our stories. I’ve recognized that many are scared to share their stories, though I don’t know why. Maybe some feel pressured-
LS: Yeah, it’s important to encourage it.
JH: Yeah, encourage it! It’s so important to share stories because those are my own experiences that I went through, and children can learn from these experiences and realize they’re not alone. It’s so hard to improve yourself when you feel alone; you need an entire community. One time, I went to a Latinx event with my girlfriend -she’s Deaf. I felt so inspired because many of them shared their stories. I was like, where’s my community and their stories? I don’t see any, like, what’s up? So, I think we should work on that. Sharing more stories, especially in the media, or making these types of events.  
LS: Maybe you should set up one? 
JH: Right, but it takes way more than just one person; we’ll need a collaborating team to ensure it’s successful!
LS: Yeah, I’ve also recognized that this year for AAPI, we have a lot more individuals speaking up, which is great. 
JH: Yes! It should continue. 
LS: Yes, all right, last question. Do you have any final thoughts or advice for the Deaf and/or Deaf Asian community? 
JH: Yeah, I think if I could tell myself something as a kid twenty years ago, I would’ve said “be yourself.” I used to try to conform to stereotypes, like that I should be good at math or the piano or music -but I couldn’t because I’m Deaf. So, the stereotypes can be extremely limiting, but it’s important that you follow your dreams. Figure out what you want and go for it! It doesn’t matter if you don’t see any other Asian Deaf person doing it- like myself, being a content creator and personal trainer, there’s so few Asians doing that. 
LS: Yeah, so true. It’s very rare. 
JH: You don’t see any. But I pursued it because it’s my dream and my passion. If you follow through, it’ll make you really unique. 
LS: One-hundred percent agree with that. Plus there’s so much expectations from parents like them wanting you to become a doctor or other esteemed careers, but it’s more important to follow your dreams. 
JH: I know it’s a bit of a sticky situation deciding between following either your parents’ or your dream. 
LS: Yeah
JH: It’s a hard decision, definitely easier said than done. But if you follow yours, you’ll be more happy. But yeah, that’s my advice. 
LS: Yeah, I like that. Well, thank you so much and we really appreciate your time in doing this interview! I hope our audiences have learned something- I personally learned a lot from you during this interview. 
JH: Yes, I’m really honored being involved in this interview too. Thanks!
LS: Thank you!

AAPIHM: Q&A with Jason Hoang

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ASL Storytelling - The last ASL Storytelling for the month is performed by member, Vita Vongsikeo, based on the children's book Thanking the Moon by Grace Lin. Enjoy!
ID: Vita, Asian woman, wears black top and silver hoops on her ears. Her hair is black with blue and green dye on her hair end. She stands in front of white wall on left side and white door on right side. 
Video Transcript: 
Hello! My name is Vita. I’m from Los Angeles, California. I will sign a story titled, “Thanking the Moon” and it’s written by Grace Lin. 
The mid autumn moon glows in the sky. We go into the night to admire it. Ma-Ma prepares the nighttime picnic. Ba-Ba arranges the moon-honoring table. Mei-Mei plays with the pale green pomelo peel. Jie-Jie brings out the glowing lanterns. And I pour the round cups of tea. We all eat soft, sweet moo cakes. Then we thank the moon for bringing us together and send it our secret wishes. It peacefully watches over all of us...this night of the Mid Autumn Moon Festival.

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AAPIHM: Q&A with Amrita Booter - Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we are doing a series of interviews with AAPI deaf individuals from different cultural backgrounds. We ask a variety of questions such how they identify, what their unique stories are, and what advice they have for the Asian Deaf community.
ID: On the left side- Amrita Booter, olive skinned Deaf Indian American with medium wavy hair parted on left side, wearing black blouse with half sleeves. The background is a canvas with a colorful world map on a light blue grey wall, pencil sharpener and printer visible on black bookcase.
On the right side- Laura Kim, Deaf Korean American sitting on a patio chair with long dark brown hair, side braided ponytail, wearing mustard yellow tank top and red-orange cardigan. Background is white wall
Video Transcript:
LK: Hello, my name is Laura Kim. I am the San Diego representative for
SCADA. What's your name?
AB: Hello, I am Amrita Booter, I am a member of SCADA.
LK: How are you? 
AB: I’m good! How are you?
LK: I'm good. It's a beautiful and relaxing day. So nice! 
AB: Yes, I agree!
LK: Are you ready for the interview?
AB: Yes, go ahead!
LK: Okay! Related to your business-oriented work, how has it impacted you and how do you identify yourself?
AB: Well, my business is actually a 7-Eleven franchise. My family, specifically my father, was a 7-Eleven franchisee. I myself had never planned to become one, but growing up, since age 10, I would go to the stores with him during my summer vacations and breaks when I was free so I had acquired all the business knowledge early on. I don’t think it was until I graduated from college and was completing an internship at the Environmental Health Department for Food Inspection at restaurants that I realized the long 60-70 working hours and requirement to work subordinate to other people. My father suggested to me to buy a 7-Eleven franchise, and I thought, “sure, why not?” I got married during that time, so my husband and I completed the training course together and I found that I was a natural! I immediately picked it up and realized that it’s something I can do easily.  My father supported us and we got our first 7-Eleven store here in San Diego. My family is from Los Angeles. We did extremely well and the store prospered and now we have a total of 4 stores!
LK: Wow! 
AB: I feel like I didn’t work super hard since I had already obtained the necessary skills growing up.
LK: Yeah, I agree that it definitely helps growing up as a child and getting that opportunity to absorb the workspace and experiences like that! Going through life and asking questions like, “do I want that kind of job?” and not intentionally planning for it, but having it already a part of you.
AB: Yes, right
LK: Like, instead of job searching and finding something connected to your major, you had a family business as a back-up plan that was readily available to join! How nice! 
AB: Yes, it felt natural, something that I already had in me and was good at.
LK: Perfect! So, can you describe your journey to become a successful business owner?
AB: Like I said before, I had started getting experience around age ten then when I was older, I got the training in which I immediately picked up and passed the class. They approved of me getting a store since they knew my history well. Being Deaf is a challenge since every single person that I meet with, I have to let them know that I’m deaf and explain how I can communicate… that I lip-read or gesture. Iif I don’t understand something, we can text back and forth. I can work with them while being assertive and not afraid. They can see how friendly I am and how it is easy to communicate with me. It is a challenge every day, but once you past it, it does get easier. I do remember when I finished the 6-week training and had sought out my own 7-Eleven business. I was pretty young, about 23 years old.
LK: Wow!
AB: Because of my experience for doing it so long, I was able to help run my father’s business. He already knew my history. 
LK: That helps.
AB: So, he couldn’t say no to me. I proved how well I was at it by increasing his stores’ sales by 25 percent. He recognized how I was skilled with new technology. In the past, technology had been changing since the stores were keeping track of sales and orders using a book with scan codes, but now it’s on a screen called graphic order terminal (GOT). Similar to an iPad that makes it a lot easier to order. So he had recognized how I was already comfortable with picking up new technology and was capable of learning it quickly. 
LK:  It is easy to pick up that technical skill while you are young.
AB: My first store did so well and they gave me a second store after two years. The second store wasn’t bought from an existing franchisee, but was an actual brand new store. Each new store that we get is smaller and modern compared to older, normal 7-Eleven stores, so it’s neat to have that opportunity.
LK:  It seems like you already have a foundation of communication and different strategies that you got from when you were younger and observing how your father ran his business. You already have different ways to address people; not just because you’re deaf, but you really showed them that you can do it! 
AB: Yes, that’s right!
LK: So again, next question, what or who inspired you to open a 7-Eleven franchise?
AB: Of course, my dad! 
LK: Apparently! 
AB: I am really grateful for him. He believes in me and supports me. 
LK: That's important!
AB: Yes, he really encouraged me. I did want to become a doctor like my mother, but he really questioned me about whether I wanted to do those long hours like she had done; she left for work I went to school, and even when I came back from school, I was always only greeted by my grandparents at home and not my mother. I did understand how she was busy helping babies and young children. My father asked me if I wanted those long hours.  but I always imagined my mom walking me to school or picking me up from school, and 7-Eleven provides that opportunity to be there with my children. 
LK: Nice! That balance between family and work is really important; so great that you took your father’s advice! 
AB: Right! Yes!
LK:  What are some challenges regarding opening and operating a business store as a Deaf Asian person?
AB: Like I mentioned before, it’s a challenge informing others that I’m deaf and communicating with them. Overcoming that challenge requires proving yourself to them and showing how you can do it. I have to work twice as hard as my hearing counterparts, but, I was already passionate about it; I set that goal and was motivated to reach it.
LK: Yes, so important that you had the passion.
AB: Yes, passion is the key to achieve and succeed in anything.  
LK: Yes! Now, could you tell us about some cultural traditions, celebrations, or rituals related to your ethnic background  that your family participates in?
AB: Yes, my family is huge on weddings! Weddings are the most important celebrations for my family, and they’re very modern. Actually, I forgot to mention my identities. I see myself as Deaf first and then Asian, but there’s many more… I’m a woman-
LK: A whole lot of different "role" hats!
AB:Indian, Punjabi, Sikh. And that’s why I say my name is Amrita. It’s one identity; easy and simple. On my mother’s side, three generations had grown up in Africa and on my father’s side, they are from Pakistan… but actually, at that time, Pakistan was India before the 1947 partition. India is where my heritage is established, but I was born here in the United States. I don’t speak any languages from India, I only know ASL and English. So, it’s a bit hard to really identify what my specific identity is; generally, I’m South Asian, but what does that mean exactly? Because I’m also an American too. So, it complicated but I just say that I’m Amrita and I’m proud of all my identities. 
LK: It is really important how you identify yourself especially with all your multiple and interesting backgrounds and identities-
AB: Yes. 
LK: -they don't need to label you but you let yourself define who you are. Absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much for your family’s background. That's really important to know about your family history, like where they came from. Sometimes, families have to make the sacrifice and move to other countries to obtain job opportunities to make money and send it back to their home countries to financially support their families. 
AB: Yeah, our families do move for whatever opportunities may pop up.  
LK: So, since you identify yourself as a Deaf Indian American alongside all the other identities you have, is there anything you wish to share and clarify with Deaf Asians about your culture? 
AB: Right, I’m multicultural. I have Deaf culture, Indian culture, and so forth. But yes, I wanted to note how I notice some parallels between Deaf and Indian cultures. You know how one Deaf person shares something and then everyone follows? It’s similar for Indian culture: one business owner is successful and shares that with fellow Indians, so you can see why so many 7-Eleven owners are Indian.
LK: Yeah
AB: Really, success and resources are shared within their communities, both Indian and Deaf. Cultures are strengthened when resources are shared.
LK:  I’m wondering, have you met any other Deaf Indian 7- Eleven owners?
AB: No. So far, none. 
LK:  How about other countries that have 7-Eleven franchises?
AB: None that I know of. 
LK: No? Okay, I was just curious. 
AB: I do know one franchisee whose daughter is Deaf, and we are good friends.  
LK:  Really?
AB: Yes, but she doesn’t own a business; she’s actually a teacher.  
LK: Oh, okay. Do you have any advice for those who want to open their own stores and/or businesses?
AB: Sorry, it froze a bit. 
LK: That's fine.
AB: Did you ask me what my advice is for those who want to open their own businesses?  
LK: Yes, businesses or stores.
AB: I say, if you have a natural talent and passion already, go for it. Don’t be afraid of approaching that challenge since you don’t know anything until you do it!
LK: Wow, thank you for answering all the questions! To our audience, I hope this interview inspires and motivates you. It’s important that you don’t feel afraid of someone who has succeeded in their business or store, so go ahead and be curious and ask them questions! Great advice will follow and you’ll be able to further pursue your dream! 
AB: Yes, thank you! Bye!
LK:  Thank you for watching us! Thank you for this interview!

AAPIHM: Q&A with Amrita Booter

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ASL Storytelling - The 2nd ASL Storytelling is performed by member, Paolo Luciano, based on the children's book Dim Sum for Everyone by Grace Lin. Enjoy!
ID: Paolo, Filipino man wears a black short sleeved button down black shirt and black glasses with hair combed. The background is gray.
Video Transcript: Hello everyone! My name is Paolo Luciano. My sign name is (showing my sign). What am I doing in this video? I’m here to tell you an ASL story. It’s Dim Sum For Everyone written by Grace Lin. 
What is Dim Sum? It’s the Chinese tradition for family and/or friends to go eat together. It can be both for lunch or break aka brunch. Dim sum consists of small dishes with a variety of foods such as meat, vegetables, and many more. 
At the green wallpaper of the book, it show a variety of items such as food and tools of what Chinese people use. A knife called cleaver cuts a lot of food to many pieces such as fruit, vegetables and many more. Steamnet (incorrect spelling for steamer) is used for food like wonton, dumplings can be steamily cooked to be ready for eating. 
A family entered a crowded Chinese restaurant. The family inlcuded dad, mom and little girls. A little girl was fascinated at the huge aquarium filled with a school of gray big fishes. 
Family sat in a big brown table. Dad seems very excited for food to be served. Mother helped her little daughter to take off her green coat. Girls are looking forward for their meals. This table is filled with white plates, chopsticks and tea cups. Dim sum has many little dishes.
Workers pushed different dim sum carts with a variety of dishes in each cart. They push carts passing by tables. 
The lady pushed her cart around. The mother saw and called out to her. Ma-Ma picks little dishes of sweet pork buns. The lady brought them over and stamped their card receipt. 
Another lady pushed a different cart nearby. The dad saw what he liked and got her attention. She brought her cart over. Ba-Ba (dad) chose little dishes of fried shrimp. 
Jie-Jie wants turnip cakes. As she approaches to a worker pushing dim sum cart. 
The little girl walked over to a cart filled with bowls of desserts. Mei-Mei wanted sweet tofu. 
The girl like little egg tarts. They are yellow and sweet desserts filled on a purple plate. 
The family had their table filled with plenty of foods to share, enjoy and eat together. They eat a little bit of everything.
Other tables also had a lot of plates of foods. Everyone enjoyed eating and laughing together. Dim sum parlors push around to serve more food and asked customers for orders. Busy all day!
The family felt full with their meal. Most plates were empty or have bits of food left. The family enjoyed their meal together. Now there are empty little dishes.
That’s all there is to the story! The point of this story is to cherish the time spent with family. No matter how small or big, always share!. Cherish family time together. Thank you for watching me. Bye!
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AAPIHM: Q&A with Artist Christine Sun Kim - Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we are doing a series of interviews with AAPI deaf individuals  from different cultural backgrounds. We ask a variety of questions such how they identify,  what their unique stories are, and what advice they have for the Asian Deaf community.
ID: On the left screen- Christine Sun Kim, Deaf Korean American, wears a gold round-framed glasses with a black short-sleeved blouse and her hair knotted bun on the top of head. The background is white and the framed painting the left side
On the right screen- Christine Page, Deaf Filipina American with black short bob hair, wears black glasses with a black T-shirt including a SCADA logo. The background is blue silver wall. 
Video Transcript:
CP: Hi, CK. How are you? 
CK: Hi. I’m good!
CP: You look great! Do you know what’s up this month? 
CK: Yes, It’s Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month, there you are! 
CP: You’re right! I want to explain a little bit about Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month - APIHM. Why did they pick the month of May to celebrate? There are two reasons: First, the Japanese immigrants were the first to come to the US on May 7, 1843. Secondly, the Chinese workers built the transcontinental railroad and it was completed on May 10, 1869. That’s why the month of May was chosen to celebrate these accomplishments. 
CK: Such a good month. 
CP: Yes. What are we celebrating for? It is to recognize their achievements and the contributions of Asian Pacific Islanders. SCADA thought about you because we’ve recognized your achievements. So now I’m going to explain, who is Christine Sun Kim, sign name “CK”. She’s a Deaf Korean American. She is also a sound artist and activist. People all over the world recognize her through her TED Talk and art exhibitions. Of course, she recently signed the National Anthem at the Super Bowl in Florida. Wow! So now we have questions to ask you. Are you ready ?
CK: Bring it on!
CP: How do you identify yourself and how does it impact your career?
CK: Well, I never really had one specific identity. When I was young, I always considered myself as a Deaf person and that was it. As I was growing up, my life became more complex and other things as well; even relationships were complex. That’s when I started to notice how my Deaf identity overlapped with other identities. For example, when I am surrounded with hearing people, I identify myself as a Deaf Artist. If I am with my Deaf friends, then I identify myself as a Deaf Asian American woman. Here in Germany, I identify myself as Deaf American. As you see, it depends on the context and which group I am in and the different identities I hold. So how does it relate to my career? I feel that my experience of navigating intersectional identities has helped me build my relationships with many communities, not just one. My work is not limited to just one community, but many communities in general. 
CP: Oh, that’s interesting! Can you describe your journey on becoming a successful sound artist? 
CK: Before I started working with sound, I primarily worked with painting. I spent a lot of time painting and it turned out that I did not really enjoy the process, it was always frustrating and I felt like I was getting nowhere. Something was missing. I had heard about Berlin, where many artists were flocking. Naturally, I was curious and I wanted to check it out. My friend convinced me to go and I finally went. I was the only Deaf artist at my first artist residency. I stayed for one month and I basically enjoyed hanging out and attending different art exhibitions and such.
Then I had a realization about sound. Because Berlin has so much space, much more than in New York. In my 12 years of living in NY, the space was so scarce and I was always on the “go”. I only saw things right in front of me. The vastful space in Berlin deeply impacted my thinking. It really expanded my mental capacity and that’s when sound came in. At this time, sound as a medium was becoming popular. There were many artists using sound in their work. I came across a number of exhibitions where you did not see a thing and they were mostly sound. What did that mean for me? I decided to start reading texts about sound art. The more I read, the more intrigued I became.
That’s when I realized that sound is not all about sounds going in one ear and out the other. Rather it was an idea; your experience with it, your relationship, your power and so much more. That constitutes the world of sound. It made me realize that as a Deaf person, I have always protected myself and the Deaf community by disregarding sound. Really, that it is outdated, toxic thinking and we can own sounds too. So, that’s how my sound art started. I’ve been incredibly lucky because I am surrounded with people who are supportive of me; they are basically my cheerleaders! Really, I wouldn’t have gotten this far if it wasn’t for the support of others from the beginning. 
CP: Oh yes! When I see your artwork it makes me feel inspired. I feel exactly the same as you, I’ve been in your shoes because people would often tell me “SHH!” I didn’t know that I had made the noise. Now I understand and I feel connected with your experience! Wow, you impress me! 
CK: Thank you! 
CP: I know you are an activist. You have brought your platform to support the Deaf community for equal access to communication, for example closed captioning and ASL (American Sign Language). Why is this so important to you? 
CK: At first, I didn’t consider myself an activist, but identity politics and activism found me. I think that all Deaf people are born educators by default. It’s common for Deaf people to teach hearing people about these things. At first, I resisted the idea of activism and just wanted to prove myself as an artist without identity politics. Yet, eventually I started to shift to the idea that art can function as activism or activism can be used as art. Really, there are many meanings as to what is art, but that’s an entirely different conversation for a different time. So I had been thinking and playing with the idea of everyone being deaf in the world and what would that look like? What kind of occupations? What kind of life? How about architecture? Would it look the same? What kind of movies will be made? I’ve always imagined that kind of life and I often felt that as a Deaf person, if we had full access to information from the beginning, full access to education, full access to communication, that would lead to bursts of creativity and a better quality of life, etc. I feel like we spend so much time and energy constantly fighting for our basic rights. With all that energy spent on fighting, it could be redirected to other areas such as new ideas, science, mathematics, arts, and beyond. However, I don’t see enough work happening in this area because we spend so much time fighting to exist. That’s why I’m frustrated and that’s what has prompted me to shift to activism.
CP: Yes, that’s true. Because they don't realize they need to have access to meet their needs. That’s why we need to educate them more and show our concerns. They will say “Oh” I didn't realize. So yes it’s important to show them. 
CK: Regarding hearing people, they often hope that Deaf people will accommodate
their needs. Really, the hearing people should accommodate us, or meet us halfway or all the way. I feel like we are worth it and they should accommodate us fully. If they can’t accommodate us, then we can just move on. I have this kind of attitude and it can be a bit much. But it really helped me to see clearly which people should be in my life and which people should not. No bullshit. 
CP: That would be nice to have the provision of ready access rather than having to work so hard and experience all kinds of struggles and challenges. 
CK: That affects your confidence.
CP: I hope that our future will be easier. *fingers crossed*
CK: Yes, I agree. *fingers crossed*
CP: Yes. Okay. Do you have any Asian role models in your life? Tell me who and why? 
CK: Sadly, I don’t have a long list of Asian role models. You know during the 80’s in America there weren’t enough Asian people in the media. Presently, it is completely different than times past.. Who did I look up to? Asian role models? Basically my family. My parents. They were immigrants and they moved to America. That was difficult, not easy for them to adjust after the move. My sister is Deaf and she’s a therapist. I look up to her. I also look up to my paternal grandmother who loves to write. These people are close to me. As I became older, I started to look up to these young Asian actors, writers, artists, and scientists. I look up to these Asian people regardless of their age. But as for Asian and Deaf people... I must say it is my sister and there are a few more. But as for role models, it is seriously lacking in the Deaf community and worse in the Deaf Asian community.
CP: That’s true. There are not enough Deaf Asian role models out there. We need to encourage and support more role models in our Deaf Asian community. That’s true. 
CK: I agree. 
CP: Do you think your identity or culture is important to share with the Deaf community? Why? 
CK: Yes, very much needed! Because the Deaf community in America is still very white and that is getting dull. I mean, can they just stop and let us have our own space. I am often the only Deaf Asian person whenever I am in a group of Deaf people. Where are the other Deaf Asian people? I know there are many out there and this is frustrating. Often others might say there’s nothing they can do. No, it is both our responsibilities to expand this space together for all of us.
CP: Yes, I agree. That’s true. What kind of book do you recommend for the Deaf Asian community to read? 
CK: Recently, I started to read this book. My mind is blown and I haven’t even finished it yet. 
CP: Oh wow. I am excited to read this book!
CK: This writer is an Asian American writer and also a poet. 
CP: Oh. 
CK: The title of the book is “Minor Feelings”, written by Cathy Park Hong. To me, the title speaks about the feeling of being oppressed and that feeling is often minimized. Over time when oppressed feelings accumulate then all of a sudden there is a huge reaction. All those minor feelings become enlarged. As I look back, I had a lot of conflicts and situations where I found myself experiencing this feeling of uneasiness. It prompted me to analyze myself and I realized it has to do with being an “Asian” person. I would dismiss this feeling again and again and say nothing. Like, who could I discuss this with? Also I had no knowledge on how to articulate or express these feelings until I read this book. Now I wish I had read this book before. Oh, the writing is very beautiful and eloquent. Cathy has the ability to describe every situation and refer to historical events. For example, do you remember the LA riots? She connected that to a situation that overlaps with poetry, history, and our existence. She also shared her shame and it made me feel that we may be missing that part. We often hide and not show our emotions. If we learn to be open and share then our unity would be better.
CP: Oh, that is true. In the Asian culture, many people tend to hold their feelings in and it makes them very passive. So, it is time to encourage them to speak up and they can stand up for themselves in order to have their voices be heard. That’s why it is important to us to have our voices heard. If we don’t, then how can we learn or improve ourselves in order to effectively work together like other communities. Right? I have noticed that more and more Asian Americans have voices. It is growing bigger and bigger nowadays!
CK: Yes, it is our time now. 
CP: Yeah, right. Now, the last question - Do you have any advice or final thoughts for the Deaf Asian community? 
CK: I would have easily said, “Be loud, don’t be shy.” But really, I think that’s an unfair observation and it is better put in a different perspective, which is to take more risks. If something fails, it is totally fine. Then you will know that does not work and just move on. I can be hyperactive and unfocused, so I tend to take a lot of risks. In turn, I’ve made a fool out of myself... quite often but hey, that’s okay. These experiences led me to where I am now and I am happy with that. So, I encourage them to go for it by taking more risks and making more mistakes. These failures and mistakes will not define who you are. 
CP: Yes, it is true. It’s okay to learn from our mistakes. We often learn a lesson from that. That will help to shape who we are. It will help us realize what one has learned and how they can become successful. It will make them better and better.
CK: And, depending on how – haha, sorry we both are talking at the same time. Video got choppy.
CP: I know.
CK: It depends on how you embrace your mistakes rather than denying and blaming others. It’s not me, it’s them. That depends on how you truly understand, accept, and observe your own mistakes.
CP: That’s true. So, SCADA would like to thank you for taking the time to interview. We have lots of hope that the Deaf Asian community has learned from you and us, SCADA, to encourage, empower, and explore to find their success on their journey. Thank you, CK! 
CK: No problem, and it’s my pleasure. I respect what SCADA does and their work is important. Please keep it up.
CP: Oh yes. I want to say “Stay Safe!” 
CK: You too! CP: Thank you. 
CK: Bye! 
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ASL Storytime - The Good Buffalo ((Ang Mabait na Kalabaw) - In addition to our weekly newsletter, we are excited to share you content that will include storytelling, interviews, and more during AAPI month! One of our members, Emmanuel, signs the children's book, The Good Buffalo (Ang Mabait na Kalabaw) written by Virgilio Almario. Enjoy!
ID: Emmanuel, Filipino man wears black t-shirt. The background is a white wall. 
Video Transcript: 
Hello, everyone! My name is Emmanuel and the sign is (showing his sign). I want to share you a story, the nice buffalo.  (Ang Mabait na Kalabaw) It’s written by Virgilio Almario. Note: carabao is buffalo in Philippines. Emmanuel signs the story AND descriptions of each picture. 
The carabao is walking on the grass while the sun sets. The very good carobao eats quietly and looks at the smiling sun. The sun sets into nighttime. The very good carabao sleeps quietly while a bug flies by. The very good carabao walks by and spots a puddle. A frog jumps and lands on the rock. The very good carabao runs into the puddle and splashes away. The frog croaks and jumps away. The very good carabao is clean. The very good carabao walks and smells the flowers. The very good carabao likes beautiful things.  The very good carabao walks through the trees and sees a pig’s back showing his curly tail. A deer peeks behind a tree. Two ducks peeks behind a tree. The very good carabao has many friends. The very good carabao says hello to his three friends: a pig, two ducks, and a deer. They play together. Even the dog and the cat join and play together. They are happy. A boy is sitting on cart full of apples and holds the reins to a very good carabao. He looks back and sees apples falling off the cart. The very good carabao works hard. A boy and carabao sees a tree with lemons. A boy wants the yellow lemons but he’s too short. The boy had an idea, he climbs on the carabao’s back and grabs a fresh lemon. The very good carabao is helpful. A boy milks the carabao and fills the bucket with milk. What did he do with milk? He hands milk out to the children. They were all happy and the boy pets the good carabao. The very good carabao is generous. The carabao is being hugged by her mom. The hen calls her chicks around the carabaos. The very good carabao is loving. The caretaker sings to the carabao while his little brother sits on the carabao’s back. Her caretaker loves her dearly. Many carabaos run toward her. That is why her fellow carabaos love her. The very good carabao runs up and down the hills. The very good carabao is always happy. The end. Finished! Thank you for watching and hope you enjoy this story. Love you! 
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ASL Storytime - The Good Buffalo ((Ang Mabait na Kalabaw)

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Anti-Asian Racism in the time of COVID-19 - Discussions about Anti-Asian Racism is not often discussed in our community. A collaboration of 8 Asian deaf womxn including our Vice President, Kimberly Han, is featured on this educational piece. For the full video please click the link below. #iamnotavirus
[video description/transcript (by Leang Ngov):
Black background with white bold font text, centered, that reads, “Anti-Asian Racism in the Time of COVID-19
Black fade out
Black background with white bold font text, centered, that reads, “Content warning: Graphic Images and Descriptions of Violence”
Noel King is a deaf queer Korean-American adoptee cisgender womxn with black short hair. She wears a dark plum purple long sleeved shirt. She sits on a black plastic chair with white wall in the background.
“Dear friends, family and community. We need your attention.
With this COVID-19 pandemic happening right now, you know that viruses do not discriminate against people. But people can. We are seeing the rapid global spread of what?
Anti Asian Racism.
Means violence, bullying, assaults, harassments happening against Asian people, no matter if from China or not.”
background: light purple wall; Kimberly, light-skinned Korean American, wears black long sleeved sweatshirt and red glasses. Her long brown hair is in a ponytail. She is standing in front of a light purple wall.
“From schools, commutes to work, trips to the grocery store, Asian-Americans have experienced verbal and physical attacks with getting dirty looks, being coughed at, spat on, blocked from getting in motels, gas stations, getting services, Asian restaurants and businesses suffer huge loss of customers and money.
This is also called xenophobia (black font text that reads, “Xenophobia” is shown on upper left - this text pops up as Kimberly fingerspells the term and fades away) and sinophobia (black font text that reads, “Sinophobia” is shown on upper left - this text pops up as Kimberly fingerspells the term and fades away.
Means what?
Fear and hatred of foreigners, people from different cultures. A negative sentiment against China, its people, overseas Chinese, or Chinese culture.”
Background: Lina, a light-skinned Chinese-Taiwanese-American cis woman, appears in a solid black top. Her hair is pulled back in a low ponytail. She is seated on a stool (not shown in this video) with a white wall as the backdrop.
“Federal law enforcement/FBI recently announced a warning of hate crimes against Asian people that is increasing in the US. Online reports on racial & xenophobic attacks counted more than 1,000 incidents in less than two weeks. Also, there are estimates of an average of 100 per day all over the country, from LA to NYC to Texas. Surprising fact is that 61% of those reports were from non-Chinese people.
(cropped close up image of a SouthEast Asian male with his face stitched showed up in upper left - this image remains in the video as Lina retells this incident) In West Texas, a 19 year old teenager stabbed a Southeast Asian family members and slashed across their face, including a 2 year old and a 6 year old. Why? He thought the family is Chinese and infecting people with coronavirus.”
Nayo is a deaf queer Korean adoptee cisgender womxn with black short hair. She is wearing a black v-neck long sleeved shirt and is seated on a dark brown/black high stool in front of dark gray drawn curtains.
“A 16 year old Asian boy was bullied & physically assaulted by high schoolers in California and ended up in the Emergency Room.
(On the upper left, a cropped image that is split into two images is being shown. Left split is close up image of an elder Chinese man visibly distressed; right image of an elder Chinese man in black jacket and pants with light grey hat, holding a white bag in the middle of a couple of folks surrounding him) A 68 year old elder Chinese man was robbed, attacked and was struck in the back of his head in SF while collecting recycled cans.
(On the upper left, three images shown in one image is being shown. Left image is of male in black clothes in the subway and right image is of Chinese woman with orange face mask and black hooded jacket. In the lower image that is inbetween these two images shows the physical alternation between these two individuals) An Asian woman was attacked out of the blue and was kicked, punched & hit with an umbrella by a man in NYC at the subway station for wearing a face mask, calling her a “diseased bitch.”
(On the upper left, an image of three individuals surrounding a Filipno man in a store) A Filipino man in Bay Area California was harassed because he coughed at Target.
(On the upper left, an image is split into three images is shown. Left image is a close up image of the person holding a camera, while holding a sanitizer with another hand; with a partial view of an elderly Korean woman. Middle image is a close up image of an elderly Korean woman being harrassed. Right image is a close up image of a person holding a camera attempting to sanitize an elderly Korean woman within face distance) An elderly Korean woman was chased around and was told to “Sanitize Your Ass!”
(On the upper left, an image is of a screenshot from a night vision camera that shows a woman putting out a trash in front of the house with an assailant wearing a hooded jacket behind her and is pouring something on her. This image is shown as Nayo narrarates this incident) Just outside of her Brooklyn home, an Asian woman suffered burns on her face, body, and hands after an unknown assailant approached her from behind and poured an unknown substance over her head.
Many stories like this are happening all over US reported in various media. You know, this is not new?”
Janele, a Flilipina American womxn, is wearing a black long sleeve with her hair wrapped in a bun and strands of hair in front of her face. She is also wearing brown acrylic geometric earrings. Janele is signing with a light brown wall behind her.
“For more than 200 years, Asian Americans have been denied equal rights, experienced harassment, had their rights revoked, and imprisoned for no justifiable reason, physically attacked, and murdered. The last 20 years or so has seen Asian Americans become the fastest-growing targets for hate crimes and violence.
Throughout U.S. history, whenever there is a problem, political or economic like the public health crisis or, in wartime, there always seems to be the need for a scapegoat to unjustifiably blame and target with severe hostility. And, certainly, that's been the experience of Asian-Americans, Muslims, Black, Indigenous, and Latinx communities.
Aside from being blamed, Black and Brown bodies have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. We need to acknowledge as well that more Black and Brown people are dying from COVID-19.”
Anna is a relatively light-skinned Filipino/Chinese/Taiwanese/Spanish queer cisgender deaf female immigrant with long, dark curly hair parted in the middle. She has on red lipstick and a gray v-neck sweater and is seated on a brown/black high stool in front of dark gray drawn curtains.
“Because of the stereotype of Asian Americans as quiet, weak, and powerless, more and more Asian Americans are victimized, not just today but for many, many years.
(On the upper left, an image is of a comic strip that demonstrates Uncle Sam holding up a government bill while kicking Chinese people, which were drawn as offensive caricature, off the cliff.) For example, Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 was passed to forbid Chinese people from entering the country, and it lasted for a total of 20 years.
(On the upper left, an image of an older, faded black background with white handwritten text that reads, “x Get rid of all Filipinos or we’ll burn this town down) The Watsonville Riots of 1930 involved white men committing violent acts against Filipinos and killing Fermin Tobera.
(On the upper left, B&W image of Japanese Americans being imprisoned at the internment camps is shown here) During World World Two in 1942, about 120,000 Japanese Americans were imprisoned in the internment camps for about four years.
(On the upper left, B&W image of Vincent Chin smiling for the camera is shown here) In 1982, Vincent Chin, a Chinese American was beaten to death by two White men who were enraged by the Japanese auto industry causing the closure of their car plants. They assumed Vincent is Japanese. They had no jail time at all.”
Background: light grey wall; Leang, Khmer-American womxn, is wearing a dark grey sweatshirt with medium length dark brown hair down. She signs as she is standing in front of a light grey wall.
“I am sure it is also happening to people we already know, and who are in the signing community.
The Covid-19 spread is already scary for everyone but in the last two months, with the increasing violence toward Asian Americans, is it justified to add additional fear in our lives as Asian individuals because the virus happened to be first discovered in China? Or because President Trump declared this disease to be called Chinese Virus or Kung Flu?
So how does attacking Asian people help stop the spread of the coronavirus?
Does blaming us for what is happening to us help you feel better?”
(this section has a brief compiled video clip, which shows an individual signing a word, to demonstrate this sentence: “No, I am not a virus.”)
Nayo: “No,”; Kimberly, “I am,”; Lina: “not”; Desiree: “a virus”; Anna: “No,”; Noel: “I am,”; Leang: “not,’; Janele: “a virus.”
The narrator, Desiree, is a Chinese-Vietnamese Deaf Amerian cisgender womxn with dark borwn long hair and she is wearing a black top with ¾ sleeves. Behind Desiree is a black background and she is sitting on her light grey chair.
“So there've been over 100 hate crimes reported a day against Asian Americans.
More than 260 civil rights groups demanded Congress to step up in countering this rise of violence. Means, we do need more leaders out there to take a stand in solidarity to defend the safety of Asian Americans’ lives. Our community must come together to raise the alarms about racism that is actually contagious and put a stop to it. Xenophobia will not make our communities safer. Listen to your doctor and public health officials.
When you see it happening in public, do you choose to be a bystander and turn your head away? It might be easy for you to dismiss racism when it does not impact you. But this is about people’s safety and it is affecting our lives.
We need to address Anti-Asian racism as a society.”
background: white wall; Korean-American female with short black hair and dark purple long sleeve shirt is sitting on dark brown chair.
“Remember, the danger is if we don't speak up for each other, the number of people being targeted is going to be expanding and if they don't intervene, that kind of violence or that kind of incident becomes normalized.
No, we are not the virus. Hate is the virus.
If you step up to put a stop to this to show that the harassment and attacks should not be tolerated, together we can move forward to heal as a safer and healthier community.”
(this section has a brief compiled video clip, which shows an individual signing a word, to demonstrate this sentence: ““With love / and hope / and justice / and solidarity,
Your Asian / friends, / family, / community””)
Kimberly: “With love,”; Lina: “and hope,”; Nayo: “and justice,”; Janele: “and solidarity,”; Anna, “Your Asian,”; Leang: “friends,”; Desiree: “family,”; and Noel: “community.”
(slowly fading to black with white font text for rolling credits which reads, “In order of appearance:
Noel King
Kimberly Han
Lina Hou
Nayo Lim Franck
Janele Alarcon
Anna Lim Franck
Leang Ngov
Desiree Duong.
*Thank you so much for your collaboration & participation in this video *
Dragon Grrrls Production
Written & Edited: Nayo Lim Franck
Anna Lim Franck
Leang Ngov
Lina Hou
© April 15, 2020]

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