Seen and Unseen is the first-ever exhibit focused on Nikkei (Japanese Americans) who were involved in intimate same-sex relationships or defied gender roles in the early 20th century. The exhibition is hosted by J-Sei, a multi-generational and multi-cultural organisation with its roots in Nikkei values and culture.
On June 24th we had a fascinating online discussion with the exhibit curators, Dr. Sueyoshi and Mr. Yogi, about the development of the exhibition and its role in addressing the past and present struggles of queer and gender non-conforming Japanese Americans. They explained not only the deeper history behind the exhibit images, but also the thought and planning behind the exhibit and shared the discoveries they made. Please don't miss the chance to watch this enlightening, heartwarming and delightful discussion of the queer Japanese story in America.
If you missed it, you can see the recording here:
The Exhibit will be online until June 30. View the exhibition here:
About the Curators
Amy Sueyoshi is Dean of the College of Ethnic Studies with a joint faculty appointment in Race and Resistance Studies and Sexuality Studies at San Francisco State University. She has received numerous awards for her scholarship in queer history and for her community engagement and advocacy.
Stan Yogi is an award winning author of several books and his essays have appeared in newspapers and academic journals. He has co-curated traveling exhibits on civil liberties. He is Co-Chair of Okaeri, a Nikkei LGBTIQ+ Community based in Los Angeles.
If you've always wondered how to make this famous and traditional dish from the Philippines, try this delicious and easy recipe! Filipino Adobo (Chicken or Tofu) with Coconut Milk & Rice (PDF)
If you missed our live Korean Street Food event, it's not too late! Get the recipes below, and join us live the next time!
We hope you enjoyed our Asian Pacific American Heritage Month events! In May, we hosted 11 events and had broad participation from around the world. Our cooking classes (Korean Street Food and Filipino Chicken Adobo) were hugely popular - they had the highest turnout. Don’t forget to check out some of the other events we held - some of them are online on our YouTube channel and can be watched at any time. We look forward to seeing you at our other AAPI events!
June is Pride Month. To celebrate, our caucus will be exploring the intersections between AAPI and LGBTQ+ identities in partnership with the Global LGBTQ+ Caucus. We’ll be hosting a segment of the Pride Marathon on June 20 (more details below). And join us on June 25 for a Q&A session with Professor Amy Sueyoshi, Associate Dean of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University, on her work with the Seen and Unseen Exhibit, which explores the history of LGBTQ people in the Japanese American community before 1945. Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates on those events!
As we wind down from the Democrats Abroad Global Meeting last month, we will also begin developing tools to help country committees increase their outreach to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in their countries. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are the fastest growing racial group in the United States, and our votes can make the difference in states like Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Georgia. Check out this page to get involved today!
Cory J. Lemke and Emily LinesRead more
“In some ways, our libraries or what we read hopefully reflect a world we wish we saw - maybe a world beyond what we are in right now.” - Shuli de la Fuente-Lau, founder of @AsianLitForKids.
Shuli de la Fuente-Lau of @AsianLitForKids sat down virtually with Angela Chen from Democrats Abroad Lion City to discuss the intersection of children’s books, racial identity, and the anti-racism journey.Read more
A common cold weather drink in East Asia, and very simple to make, and DELICIOUS. In Chinese medicine, ginger is considered "warming" and as such good for combating "cold qi", or cold energy, which includes the common cold. Ginger is also a good remedy for nausea, and stomach cramps (cramps are considered to be due to "excess cold qi".) A squeeze of fresh lemon is also a nice touch. When I had colds, my grandmother in Hong Kong would use ginger, lemon — and boil Coca-cola instead of water. (So much for Chinese medicine!) Tasty though. Enjoy!
The COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing recession have hit Asian Americans especially hard, according recent media reports in Bloomberg and NBC News, and a Working Paper of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
Luojia Hu and B E. Honoré, the authors of the FRB Working Paper, cited a 14% drop in Asian American employment between the first and second quarters of 2020. This was the highest drop in employment amongst the White, Black, Hispanic and Asian American groups.
And while the employment rate of white men had recovered by the third quarter to approximately 4 percentage points below first quarter levels, all of the minority groups had not recovered to the same degree, lagging between 6 and 7 percentage points below first quarter levels.
This trend is broadly corroborated by the news media. According to Reade Pickert of Bloomberg, “in the final three months of 2020, almost half of jobless Asians had been out of work for at least 27 weeks - a bigger share than White, Black or Hispanic Americans.“Read more
Did you know that Hawaii has its own contemporary music scene? In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the Global AAPI Caucus will be listening our way through Donna Lum’s (DA Indonesia) Hawaiian music playlist. Join us as we listen to the easiest, breeziest music all the way to the Global Meeting. Listen to the playlist on:
You can also listen/view the playlist on Youtube
“Perpetual foreigner” is a common term associated with the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. This sentiment can be traced back to the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, which made it illegal for Chinese workers to come to America and for Chinese nationals already in the U.S. to become citizens, and is also associated with the establishment of Japanese Internment Camps (aka Japanese concentration camps) during World War II. Individuals of Asian descent have historically been “othered” and this treatment continues today.Read more