August 25, 2023

Volume 3, Issue 17 

Dear Friends,

Happy Qixi Festival, or Chinese Valentine’s Day! This holiday, which has roots in Chinese mythology and is celebrated in several Asian cultures, was this past Tuesday, August 22 – the 7th day of the 7th month on the lunisolar calendar. For Qixi this year, we are uplifting a love for teachers! We support educators by organizing workshops and creating resources so they can feel confident in teaching complex topics in ethnic and Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) studies. 

If you also love teachers and want to help our nonprofit to continue to support them, please visit or check out our Instagram fundraiser at . Your tax-deductible donation helps teachers in understanding and effectively implementing ethnic and AAPI studies and for students to see themselves represented in the classroom. Teachers embody the love and devotion in the story behind Qixi – which tells of the devotion between the weaver goddess Zhinü and the cowherd Niulang. You can read more about the Chinese story of Qixi and how it’s relevant today in the previous issue of our newsletter. Thank you for your support!

Scroll down to Spotlight to see all that’s new including the recording of our recent webinar, “Climate Change: Can the U.S. and China Work Together?” Thank you for your continued support and please share this newsletter with your friends and family and encourage them to subscribe. Due to unforeseen circumstances, we do not have an essay this week, but please enjoy an expanded Curated News section.


We support one of the most important relationships in our children’s lives – those with their teachers! To help us continue to provide teachers with the needed resources on AAPI and ethnic studies to educate the next generation,
please click here to donate. Thank you!


Curated News

Asian characters with speaking roles in Hollywood jumped dramatically over the last 15 years | NBC News  The number jumped from around 3% to 16% from 2007 to 2022. But other underrepresented groups saw no progress when it came to visibility on the silver screen.

Native Hawaiian discusses cultural landmarks, art and artifacts destroyed by Maui wildfire | PBS NewsHour  As disaster recovery efforts ramp up on Maui, so too has the arduous search operation. Historic landmarks, art, and artifacts have also been destroyed. Noelani Ahia discusses the cultural loss.

How Colonialism Contributed to the Maui Wildfires | Mother Jones  The disaster may be worse because of actions by U.S. colonists over a century ago.

China has surpassed the United States to become the leading nation in the Nature Index  This supplement highlights the research achievements of a country on the rise, which is broadening and deepening its capacity in areas such as environmental science and life sciences. 

China’s Xi calls for measures to mitigate flooding amid economic downturn | PBS NewsHour  Chinese leader Xi Jinping has called for measures to mitigate the effects of this year’s disastrous flooding which has left scores dead and inflicted massive damage on crops, homes, and infrastructure.

China suspends youth jobless data after record high readings | Reuters  China suspended publication of youth jobless data to review methodology behind the benchmark, which hit record highs.

Opinion: Bernie Sanders: The U.S. and China must unite to fight the climate crisis, not each other | The Guardian  Cooperation is not only in the best interests of all countries, but is absolutely necessary for the survival of the planet.

China’s Belt and Road Initiative regains momentum as focus shifts to smaller ‘high-quality’ projects | South China Morning Post  The value of deals signed in the first half of the year passed US $43 billion, with metals and mining seeing strong growth. China is moving away from the large-scale construction projects that characterized the early years of the scheme, which is now in its 10th year.

Future of 44-year-old science agreement caught in middle of U.S.-China tensions | Axios  The U.S.-China Science and Technology Agreement (STA), first signed in 1979 and set to expire soon, opened the door for U.S. and China scientists to collaborate on scientific research in physics, chemistry, health, and more.

China looks to shore up belt-and-road deals with Middle East cash and partnerships as Western investment wanes | South China Morning Post  United Arab Emirates is trying to expand its deals with China in critically important sectors such as AI, clean energy. and infrastructure. The ‘strategic’ nature of China’s massive consumer market bodes well for bilateral relations in Gulf states, but some analysts wonder if Middle East capital can replace Western investments.

Federal judge rejects push to block Florida Chinese land ownership law | Politico  The groups that challenged the law — which they called “racist” — said they intend to appeal the ruling.

The leadership gap for Asian American doctors | NPR  A new study shows Asian American doctors are underrepresented in leadership positions.

Young Filipino American wins chess tournament | AsAm News  Megan Althea Obrero Paragua, 10, won a youth chess title, the Woman Fide Master title (WFM), at the Pan-American Youth Chess Festival 2023. The young player is the niece of chess grandmaster Mark Paragua.

The State of Chinese Americans Survey | Committee of 100  Columbia University’s School of Social Work and Committee of 100, a nonprofit membership organization of prominent Chinese Americans, have announced the results from a year-long research project and survey that looked specifically at the health, economic, and sociopolitical conditions of today’s Chinese American population.


Missed the fireside chat with Professor Michael Davidson from UC San Diego and the China Focus Essay Contest winners? The recording is here so you can learn more about the challenges and opportunities in U.S.-China collaboration
on climate change. See details in Spotlight below.



  • VIEW THE RECORDING OF “CLIMATE CHANGE: CAN THE U.S. AND CHINA WORK TOGETHER?”  – Can the U.S. and China work together to avert a global climate crisis? How can they collaborate on green technologies while engaging in economic and geopolitical competition at the same time? The recording is now available for our July 31 webinar on climate cooperation with the winners of the 2023 China Focus Essay Contest. “Climate Change: Can the U.S. and China Work Together?brought together UC San Diego Professor Michael Davidson and the essayists for an engaging conversation about the opportunities and challenges in U.S.-China climate cooperation. This webinar was presented by this year’s essay contest partners – the 1990 Institute, the 21st Century China Center at UC San Diego, the Fudan-UC Center, the Carter Center, and China Focus magazine. Watch it here on YouTube.
  • ENTER OUR GIVEAWAY FOR A SET OF MAHJONG CARDS OR TILES – Mahjong is a classic Chinese game of strategy. Usually played with 144 tiles depicting circles, bamboo sticks, numbers, and more, it’s also a fun way to help students learn and practice their math skills. To celebrate the launch of our educational video on the history and tremendous social appeal of mahjong, “Beyond the Tiles: Making Connections Through Mahjong,” and to support educators using mahjong to teach math, we are encouraging everyone to enter our giveaway of a set of mahjong tiles or cards no later than August 30. For a chance to win, send a direct message with a math problem featuring mahjong. Learn more on our website. The winners will be announced on August 31.
  • REMEMBERING JOSEPH ILETO ON THE 24TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH – Joseph Ileto was a Filipino American who was murdered in the Los Angeles area Jewish Community Center shooting on August 10, 1999. The shooting began when a white supremacist decided on “killing Jews” and entered the North Valley Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills, CA with an Uzi-type submachine gun. Five were wounded, including four children. A few miles away, the shooter stopped Joseph, a USPS mail carrier, and shot him because he believed Joseph was Hispanic or Asian American as well as a federal employee. Joseph Ileto’s death sparked national outrage surrounding gun control and numerous protests aimed at Congress to take steps to enact more gun legislation. The Million Mom March was formed and culminated in many marches across the U.S. Learn more about Joseph Ilteo and read more Asian American stories on New Asian American Voices.
  • JOIN THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON ON AUGUST 26Asian Americans Advancing Justice is honored to be co-chairing a cross-racial, cultural, and generational march at the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday, August 26 marking 60 years since the August 28, 1963 March on Washington. This is not only a commemoration, but also a continuation of that landmark moment in the struggle against hate. The 1963 March on Washington brought together a diverse group of speakers and performers, reflecting the unity and solidarity that the civil rights movement embodied. This is the first time an AAPI organization is serving as a co-chair of the anniversary march. Register to be a part of the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander contingent at this momentous event.

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