October 20, 2023

Volume 3, Issue 21 

Dear Friends,

We at the 1990 Institute are devastated by two heinous hate-motivated crimes that happened in America this past week: the attack of a 19-year-old Sikh American on a New York City bus and the fatal stabbing of Wadea Al-Fayoume, a six-year-old Palestinian American, and his mother, Hanaan Shahin, left seriously injured by the family’s landlord who allegedly stated that he targeted them because the family is Muslim. There have also been 107 anti-Semitic incidents since October 7, as reported by the ADL. We unite with all communities to stay vigilant and care for our neighbors, to grieve for far too many lives lost to hate, and continue in our collective fight against any and all forms of hate, regardless of race, religion, or otherwise. 

Inflammatory rhetoric by the media has an impact. Our next Teachers Workshop on November 15 at 3:30 pm PT / 6:30 pm ET focuses on how the media can shape public perceptions and explores how journalists are guided morally and ethically in their reporting, especially in light of the U.S.-China narrative. Register for “Media Narratives: Evaluating U.S.-China Headlines” to join this important conversation with speakers Amy Qin, a national correspondent for the New York Times, Kaiser Kuo, an editor-at-large for The China Project and a founder of the Sinica Podcast, and Bochen Han, a U.S. Correspondent for the South China Morning Post. See Spotlight below for details and more information on what’s new.

We received much positive feedback on our recent Teachers Workshop, “Teaching Asian American Narratives Through Literature,” welcoming educators from 24 states. If you missed it or would like to review any of the illuminating conversation or additional resources, see the recording on YouTube and visit our Reference Library. We have also started a series of short clips on social media highlighting key points so be sure to check back for more.

And if you love the 1990 Institute’s resources and content, please donate to help us continue, and please share this newsletter with your friends and family and encourage them to subscribe.


You’re invited to our last Teachers Workshop of 2023 titled “Media Narratives: Evaluating U.S.-China Headlines.” Registration is now open.


How will APEC create a resilient and sustainable future for all?

By Frances Kai-Hwa Wang

As warm summer days ease into the colors of autumn, I am always surprised how completely I have been lulled by the good weather to forget how cold Michigan winters feel. During the first cold snap of the season, the quality of the cold changes and cuts right through your core. My friend Rich and I always compete to see who can last the longest before turning on the heat. I don’t know why I keep competing, I always lose. Somehow he manages to last until December before turning on his heat, whereas I always crumble by November. I can only handle so many days of being able to see my breath inside the house. 

It can be difficult to hang onto ideals about protecting the planet from climate change by conserving energy when I am wearing three sweaters and crying from the cold under a pile of seven blankets.    

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is a 21-member cooperative regional economic and trade forum that will convene in San Francisco next month under the theme of “Creating a Resilient and Sustainable Future for All.” APEC economies account for nearly 40 percent of the global population and nearly 50 percent of global trade. Seven of the world’s top carbon dioxide emitting economies are APEC members, and APEC members contribute 60 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions and 65 percent of carbon emissions. At the same time, APEC economies are disproportionately impacted by climate change and suffer from more than 70 percent of global natural disasters.

“Over the years, APEC's commitment to structural reform has remained unwavering, addressing various issues and responding to the pressing challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, and now, more urgently, climate change,” said Carlos Kuriyama, Director of the APEC Policy Support Unit. 

According to the APEC Policy Support Unit, climate change could potentially cause losses as high as 18.3 percent of GDP by 2050, which is far higher than the 1.8 percent GDP loss caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. 

APEC seeks to create an “interconnected, innovative, and inclusive” Asia-Pacific region. Efforts to address climate change include increasing the region’s forest cover by 22.7 million hectares from 2008 to 2020, increasing the share of environmental goods traded by 5.2 percent in 2019, doubling the share of renewable energy sources by 2030, and issuing bonds worth $92.3 billion in 2020 to finance new or existing green projects.

Analysis also recommends that members continue working towards a green economy, especially minimizing the damage caused by carbon dioxide emissions and increasing the use of renewable energy.

The 1990 Institute has long been an advocate for the cooperation between China and the United States on climate action and will stay engaged on events leading up to the event as well as the summit’s outcomes.



For Filipino American History Month, we are highlighting some notable Filipino Americans in our New Asian American Voices program on Instagram. Follow us to see more.


Curated News

Chinese female drill team in Seattle challenges image of an ‘American girl’ | NBC News  “What it is to be a good Chinese girl? What does it mean to be a good American girl? It’s really hard to figure out what that is when you’re growing up,” one member said.

Kumu hula Patrick Makuakāne on receiving MacArthur ‘genius grant’ | KHPR  Patrick Makuakāne, a kumu hula and cultural preservationist based in San Francisco was honored for "blending traditional hula with contemporary music and movements and uplifting Hawaiian culture and history."  

The percentage of Asian Americans who are religious has declined, new study finds | NBC News  “I think the growing hold of Christian nationalist views, particularly among political leadership, has probably put off a lot of folks that don’t hold political positions that align with that view,” one religion professor said.

South Asian activists call Calif. governor's vetoing of caste bill ‘heartbreaking’ | NBC News  Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed a caste discrimination bill after supporters mobilized behind it for a year and went on a monthlong hunger strike.

Schumer notes 'serious engagement' with China's Xi during Beijing visit | Reuters  U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said there had been "serious engagement" during a meeting between a visiting U.S. bipartisan congressional delegation and Chinese President Xi Jinping. The visit aims to advance U.S. economic and national security interests ahead of a potential summit between Xi and President Biden.

These Chinese companies prove green tech can be profitable | MIT Technology Review  Operating at considerable scales, BYD and GEM can show how to build profitable climate technologies in other countries.

China’s narrowing trade slump boosts recovery prospects, but challenges persist | CNN  China’s exports and imports shrank at a slower pace for a second month in September, customs data showed on Friday, adding to the recent signs of a gradual stabilization in the world’s second-biggest economy thanks to a raft of policy support measures.

APEC CEO Summit USA 2023 To Convene World Leaders and Business Executives to Discuss Creating Economic Opportunity | APEC CEO Summit  The U.S. will host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit convening more than 1,000 business executives and key world leaders from across the Asia-Pacific at the Moscone Center in San Francisco from November 14-16, 2023.

Obituary: Ed Young | Publishers Weekly  Caldecott Medal-winning author-illustrator Ed Young, best known for his reinterpretations of folktales and legends from his native China and evocative illustrations rendered in a range of mediums, died September 29 in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y. He was 91.

Curtis Chin’s new memoir chronicles life lessons learned in a Chinese restaurant | One Detroit DPTV  Curtis Chin's exuberant, big-hearted memoir "Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant" illuminates both the author's life and overlooked aspects of 1980s Detroit history.


What does China want? Join The China Project’s NEXTChina Conference for this two-day conference in New York City on November 1 and 2 on the shape of world power tomorrow. Use our exclusive discount code for 10% off.



  • JOIN US FOR OUR TEACHERS WORKSHOP: “MEDIA NARRATIVES: EVALUATING U.S.-CHINA HEADLINES” ON NOVEMBER 15 – The 1990 Institute is pleased to invite you to our next Teachers Workshop, held virtually, on Wednesday, November 15 at 3:30 pm PT / 6:30 pm ET. In today's globalized world, accurate information and responsible news reporting play a crucial role in shaping public perceptions. In recent years, and especially at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, some media outlets at times have portrayed China as an exaggerated threat to the welfare and way of life for U.S. residents. These anti-China narratives have not only exacerbated U.S.-China tensions but yielded a sharp rise of anti-Asian American racism and violence that continues today. The panel will delve into their first-hand experiences of their careers as journalists to highlight some of the complexities of news reporting in the context of U.S.-China relations. This workshop aims to support K-12 educators and students with insights on how to evaluate reports and headlines, including identifying sources and exploring moral and journalistic standards and principles, and come away with practical tools and resources to support their students’ learning on media literacy, cross-cultural understanding, and responsible consumption and dissemination of news. This workshop is designed with middle and high school educators in mind, but is open to all interested. Register for “Media Narratives: Evaluating U.S.-China Headlines.”
  • CELEBRATING FILIPINO AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH – The timing for Filipino American History Month in October commemorates the first recorded presence of Filipinos in the continental U.S. on October 18, 1587, when Filipinos (called “Luzones Indios” by the Spaniards) traveling on a Spanish galleon ship from Mexico to the Philippines arrived in the Central Coast of California in what is now Morro Bay. The theme for this year is “1898: Recognizing 125 Years of Philippine-American History.” 2023 marks the 125th anniversary of the end of the Spanish American War and the signing of the Treaty of Paris. This month, we honor the history and legacy of Filipinos and Filipino Americans, including the beauty of their heritage as well as their historical oppression and resilience. We are highlighting some notable Filipino Americans in our New Asian American Voices program, including Josephine Santiago-Bond and Thelma Buchholdt.
  • THE CHINA PROJECT’S NEXTCHINA CONFERENCE IS IN NYC ON NOVEMBER 1 AND 2 NEXTChina is the ultimate summit on understanding China, creating a space for professionals to convene, network, and receive forward-looking insights into current affairs from the foremost thinkers on China today.⁠ The theme this year is "What does China Want?" This will be an examination into the scope of the country's ambitions, its short- and long-term goals, and the vision that guides it. Speakers include the top minds from business, politics, and academia including NIO U.S. CEO Ganesh Iyer, Evan Feigenbaum from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and MIT Sloan's Yasheng Huang. The full day-long agenda covers everything from what China’s elites are thinking to where U.S.-China relations will be going in 2024 to what we are misinterpreting about the Global South’s own ambitions in an increasingly multipolar world. Find more information at the event website and take advantage of our 10% off code at checkout: FRIENDSOF1990.

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