June 3, 2022

Volume 2, Issue 11

Dear Friends,

Our hearts break for the families in Uvalde, Texas. We hope you will take a moment to pause and reflect and take care of yourselves and your families and reach out to your elected representatives. 

Check out our Spotlight section below to see what’s new at the 1990 Institute. Listen to our new podcast episode to wrap up Mental Health Awareness Month. We are proud to announce that our Teachers Workshop is back for 2022, and we have a new short video on Ambassador Linda Tsao Yang for our New Asian American Voices program.  

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Whether we should have stricter gun laws is an AAPI issue, according to AAPI Data.


What will we do for all those little children in Uvalde?

By Frances Kai-Hwa Wang


As an essayist, I have written about mass shootings, racially-motivated shootings, school and church shootings, police violence, worrying about my children and elders, and the senseless loss of innocent lives so many times, as recently as two weeks ago. But this time, words falter. I feel all written out.

Every time, my children are different ages and the details hit differently. I hear people around me saying, “I have kids now, so I feel…” and I am aggravated that they had the privilege of not feeling this way before. I should be kinder. 

When news programs recite a long list of previous mass shootings, I am aggrieved when the shootings involving Asian Americans are forgotten, including Cleveland Elementary School in Stockton, the Sikh gurdwara in Oak Creek, the Korean spas in Atlanta, the FedEx in Indianapolis, the Korean hair salons in Dallas, the Taiwanese church in Laguna Woods, Joseph Ileto, Srinivas Kuchibhotla, and others that I have forgotten now, too.

When I reread my 2018 post-Parkland essay, I remember how hopeful I felt then at the amazing activism and leadership of young people. I was so proud when my son, who we all call Little Brother and who was in middle school at the time, planned his first school protest. 

Karthick Ramakrishnan of AAPIData has written that gun control is a high priority issue for Asian Americans and should be considered an Asian American issue. According to AAPI Data, in 2020, 81% of Asian Americans supported stricter gun laws, across ethnic groups, including 91% of Indian Americans, 85% of Chinese Americans, 80% of Korean Americans, 76% of Vietnamese Americans, and 73% of Japanese Americans and Filipino Americans. 

My children remark darkly about how 2020 was the first time that school shootings decreased – but only because the COVID-19 lockdown sent so many schools into virtual learning. 

I struggle to find the hope and resolve I always could find before.

Then two days after the shooting in Uvalde, students across the country walked out of school at noon to protest gun violence. At Michigan’s Oxford High School, where four students were killed in a school shooting last November, the students walked out and formed an O for Oxford and a U for Uvalde. Little Brother, now a senior, tells me about the walkout at his high school. A national March for our Lives is planned for June 11.

Every year at my local Memorial Day parade, a fourth grader reads a poem about World War II, “In Flanders Fields.” This year, it was an especially chilling and powerful call to action to hear a fourth grader read, “We are the Dead. Short days ago/ We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,/ Loved and were loved, and now we lie,/ In Flanders fields.// Take up our quarrel with the foe:/ To you from failing hands we throw/ The torch; be yours to hold it high.”

What will we do for all those little children in Uvalde?


Carrie Zhang, the founder of the Asian Mental Health Project, shares tools and resources for mental wellness on the latest Bund to Brooklyn podcast. Take a deep breath and listen in.


Curated News

Chinatowns across the U.S. are struggling to recover from the pandemic | PBS NewsHour  Misguided fears and rhetoric about Asian Americans made surviving the pandemic particularly hard for Chinatown neighborhoods. With 1990 Institute advisor and Stanford professor Gordon H. Chang.

Democrats target Asian Americans with new super PAC | NBC News  Asian Americans are the fastest-growing ethnic group in America, but efforts to mobilize them politically are decades behind those for other groups.

Black, Asian and Latino communities all faced mass shootings in 2 weeks. How they're showing support. | NBC News  “I hope that we can use this moment to lean on one another,” one coalition leader said.

How Chicago’s ‘Little India’ gave birth to the first Patel Brothers grocery store | NBC News  The largest South Asian grocery chain in the U.S., Patel Brothers started as a place where immigrants felt the familiarity of fresh food, a cup of chai and their native language.

be/longing | Asian American Now | PBS  A new PBS short series with five stories of exclusion and belonging in America from AAPI communities across the USA.

Trade Representative Katherine Tai talks being tough on China, without the racist rhetoric | NBC News  "It is a very, very tough time — it is an unfair time for our community,” she said.

Biden vows to intervene militarily if China invades Taiwan | PBS NewsHour  Biden's statement that the U.S. would defend Taiwan from an attack from China triggered a sharp response from Beijing. It also raises questions about whether this is changing U.S. policy and making a new commitment to Taiwan.

UN human rights chief calls on China ‘rethink policies’ on Uighur detention | PBS NewsHour  U.N. official Michelle Bachelet said that she raised concerns with Chinese officials about the broad application of counterterrorism and deradicalization measures on the rights of Uighurs and other Muslims in Xinjiang.

A wave of SRO listings have set Chinatown on edge: ‘The next generation doesn’t want anything to do with these buildings’ | San Francisco Chronicle  “In the past three or four months we have seen more SRO listings for sale than at any other time in our memory…Losing SROs to speculation means losing the best version of Chinatown.”

A Journey from Mao’s China to San Francisco’s Chinatown in Vanessa Hua’s ‘Forbidden City’ | KQED  “I believe that fiction flourishes where the official record ends.” Conversation with author Vanessa Hua and San Francisco State University creative writing professor May-lee Chai.


Register now for Teachers Workshop 2022 with sessions on Asian American Studies and Modern China.
Join us for one or both days!



  • TEACHERS WORKSHOP IS BACK FOR SUMMER 2022 – Across the U.S. there is increasing interest in ethnic studies, and Asian American studies in particular, and in learning more about how China impacts the world. This year, we are expanding our Teachers Workshop program and are offering two sessions on Asian American Studies in addition to two on Modern China. Middle and high school teachers are invited to this upcoming series of FREE, ONLINE professional development and curriculum development sessions. Two tracks are available on separate days and we welcome middle and high school teachers to register for one or both tracks. An interactive session with the speaker and educator peer group is included. Attendees will be provided with resources and lesson guides for their classrooms. Find more information at our 2022 Teachers Workshop event page.
    • Track 1: Missing in History: The Asian American Journey
      Saturday, July 30, 2022, 8:00-11:30 am PT (11 am-2:30 pm ET) 
      • Asian American history is part of American history. This workshop will address key issues on Asian Americans and follow an ethnic studies framework and curriculum requirements. 
      • Session 1: The Making of Asian Americans, 8:00 am PT with Lok Siu, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley
      • Session 2: Major Asian American Legal Cases that Changed America, 10:00 am PT with John Trasviña, former California Executive Director of Generation Citizen and former Dean of the University of San Francisco School of Law
    • Track 2: The China You Should Know: Past and Present
      Saturday, August 6, 2022, 9:00 am-12:30 pm PT (12 pm-3:30 pm ET) 
      • As an emerging superpower, what impact will China have globally, both economically and politically? This track will focus on Modern China and its impact on the U.S and on the world.  
      • Session 1: China’s Past Is Always Present, 9:00 am PT with Thomas Gold, former Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley
      • Session 2: Headline: China, 11:00 am PT with Clay Dube, Executive Director, U.S.-China Institute, USC
  • NEW PODCAST EPISODE ON MENTAL HEALTH – On Carrie Zhang and the Asian Mental Health Project, Carrie Zhang, the founder of the Asian Mental Health Project, shares her journey to become a champion for mental health in the AAPI community and gives us some of her personal advice on how to converse about mental health across generations. Co-hosts Jenny Tang in Shanghai and Lucia Liu in NY also discuss the growing emphasis on mental health after COVID lockdowns in the U.S. and, most recently, in China. Stay to the end to hear the tools and resources Carrie recommends.
  • ASIAN AMERICAN VIDEO SERIES: LINDA TSAO YANGLinda Tsao Yang, a lifelong public servant and early advocate for women’s rights, was the first woman and the first minority to represent the U.S. on the board of a multilateral financial institution. She served as a U.S. ambassador and the executive director to the board of the Asian Development Bank in Manila from 1993 to 1999, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal by the U.S. Department of the Treasury when she retired. We interviewed Linda about her life and she shared her philosophy of leaving something beneficial to future generations. See our profile and video with Ambassador Yang as part of our New Asian American Voices program.
  • 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 tazzani@azzanisearch.com or contact Eunice Azzani at (415) 987-3300. For our open Marketing Manager position, please contact us at hiring@1990institute.org to learn more.

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