May 20, 2022

Volume 2, Issue 10

Dear Friends,

Happy Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! 

We have a new video on millennial life in both the U.S. and China and a new podcast episode exploring the COVID lockdown in Shanghai. Plus we’re sharing a community event featuring trailblazer Lily Lee Chen, the first Chinese American women mayor. And we’re hiring! Check out our Spotlight section below to see what’s new at the 1990 Institute.

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What’s important to the millennial generation in the U.S.? In China? Find out how their interests compare in our new video called “Millennials Without Borders.”


What do we do when violence and hate come to our everyday places?

By Frances Kai-Hwa Wang


My daughter came home this past weekend! She wanted to get a haircut and she wanted to see Little Brother get dressed up for prom. She filled her weekend with all the classic excursions from her childhood – spinning the cube at the University of Michigan, walking across campus, going to the planetarium at the natural history museum, watching teenagers take prom pictures at the university art museum. She saw childhood and college friends. She went to all her favorite boba shops. 

On her last day home, she wanted to go for a walk. As we suggested different parks, all in gorgeous full bloom right now, she suddenly remembered that a teenage boy had been shot last Monday (he is OK) in one of our favorite parks, right across the street from the high school. 

A group of high school seniors had been playing water wars, a game like tag but with water balloons, when an unknown car drove up and shot one of the boys in the arm. 

Then last Wednesday, three Korean American women were shot and injured at a Korean hair salon in Dallas by a man with a history of mental health issues and delusions about Asians. On Saturday, ten people died and three were hurt after being shot at Tops Friendly Markets in a predominantly Black neighborhood in Buffalo, New York by a white supremacist allegedly because of the false “great replacement” or “white replacement” conspiracy theory. On Sunday, five people were wounded and one died at the Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church (which met at the Geneva Presbyterian Church) in Laguna Woods in Orange County, California.  The shooter was an ethnic Chinese man born and raised in Taiwan but allegedly motivated by hate for the Taiwanese community and political tensions between China and Taiwan.  

A park. A hair salon. A grocery store. A church. These are our everyday lives, our everyday places.

In the Taiwanese American church, Dr. John Cheng died after charging the gunman, which allowed other parishioners to disarm and tie up the gunman, saving many more lives. Dr. Cheng was not a regular member of this congregation, but happened to go that day to accompany his recently widowed mother. A hero. A good son. 

One of the women who was shot in the Dallas Koreatown hair salon said, “It would be nice to live in a world without guns.”

In addition to Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, May is also Mental Health Awareness Month, something we do not always talk about enough. Let’s take care of ourselves and each other.

Asian American groups will be marching for racial justice at the National Mall next month. 

“The goal is to galvanize Asian Americans and allies across multiple issues, and educate folks about the issues that our communities face — not only as Asian Americans but as people of color, as LGBTQ folks, as folks with disabilities,” Tiffany Chang, a spokesperson for Unity March, told NBC Asian America. “This movement is not just about us. It is our responsibility as a community that has recently been targeted with violence, to also lift up folks in our community or neighbors who have also historically been targeted with violence.


What’s it like to experience the pandemic in America versus in China? Listen in as our correspondents in Shanghai chat with our New York-based host in this Bund to Brooklyn podcast.


Curated News

Essay by Sandip Roy: A Bengali feels oddly at home in Paris | Mint Lounge  Parisians are like Bengalis. There is a shared common love for coffee houses, books and a general lack of hurry despite the bustle all around.

Churchgoers tackled, hogtied gunman after deadly Laguna Woods church shooting | LA Times  “That group of churchgoers displayed what we believe is exceptional heroism and bravery…It’s safe to say that had they not intervened this situation could have been much worse.”

Dallas salon owner believes shooting a hate crime: 'He didn’t even demand money. He just came in to shoot people' | NBC News  A day after saying that hate wasn't a factor in the shooting that injured three Korean women, Dallas police are now investigating it as a hate crime that may be linked to other shootings.

Preserving the history of America’s ‘secret war’ in Laos | NBC News  A new online library documents the CIA-led campaign that made Laos the most bombed nation in history, the effects of which are still felt by Laotian Americans today.

Fresno author earns Pulitzer recognition for poetry about Hmong refugee experience | Fresno Bee  “Poetry is a powerful force for reckoning with unrecognized histories like yellow rain — and more importantly, that Hmong losses will be remembered.”

Native Hawaiian activist Maxine Kahaulelio on the role of wahine in protecting cultural sites | Hawaii Public Radio  “You really want to be in the movement? Don't bring fear in you, but only love — love and aloha. And I have put that around my heart and I told my younger generation, I told those girls at the mauna, if you get fear? Go home. You no more fear? Stay here.”

Election of Marcos Jr. raises concerns about erosion of Philippine democracy | PBS NewsHour  “The Philippines is regarded as a bastion of democracy in the region, with a strong civil society and a noisy media, and with Bongbong Marcos as president, we will have less credibility.”

Beijing loyalist John Lee becomes Hong Kong’s next leader in uncontested election | PBS NewsHour  “I look forward to all of us starting a new chapter together, building a Hong Kong that is caring, open and vibrant, and a Hong Kong that is full of opportunities and harmony,” Lee said in his victory speech.



  • U.S.-CHINA VIDEO SERIES: “MILLENNIALS WITHOUT BORDERSMillennials (born 1981-1996) comprise the largest generation ever, both in China and in the U.S. They are reaching their prime working and spending years and exert a significant influence on the economies of their countries and on the world. This is the first completely tech-savvy generation, one that grew up with the beginning of the internet. Are American and Chinese millennials similar or different in their thinking, goals, and spending habits given their countries’ respective political frameworks? Join us as we get to know these millennials through an animated conversation with composite representatives from both countries. Visit our Reference Library to learn more.
  • NEW PODCAST EPISODE ON COVID IN SHANGHAI On Episode 12 of Bund To Brooklyn, Shanghai COVID Lockdown with Jenny Tang and Kayla He, our new Shanghai-based correspondents, Kayla He and Jenny Tang, introduce themselves and join New York-based Lucia Liu to share their experiences amidst the city-wide Shanghai COVID lockdown. How does the situation compare to what is shown in Western media? Hear directly from those in Shanghai in our latest episode.
  • FREE FILM SCREENING AND WEBINAR WITH LILY LEE CHENThe 1990 Institute is proud to be a community partner for Rocking the Boat: The Story of Lily Lee Chen. Take a glimpse into the incredible life of Lily Lee Chen, the first Chinese American woman mayor, with the exclusive online premiere of this award-winning documentary. And join a conversation with the filmmaker and distinguished panelists – including Asian American trailblazer Lily Lee Chen, journalist Lisa Ling, Congresswoman Judy Chu, former ambassador Julia Chang Block, Stop AAPI Hate co-founder Russell Jeung, and filmmaker Nox Yang – as they discuss their life experiences and the challenges Asian American leaders face in the pursuit of public service. Both events – the conversation on Thursday, May 26 at 5 pm PT/8 pm ET and the movie which is available now – are free and open to the public.
  • WE’RE HIRING We’re growing and seeking an Executive Director to build our impact through fundraising, marketing, and key collaborative partnerships. Please email Tarek Azzani of Azzani Search Consultants at or contact Eunice Azzani at (415) 987-3300. For our open Marketing Manager position, please contact us at to learn more.

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