One Detroit’s Commitment to AAPI Coverage Across SE Michigan
As the United States continues its battle against COVID-19 pandemic, it is also battling other social pandemics including a rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans. The nonprofit organization Stop AAPI Hate has reported over 10,000 hate incidents over the past year.
One Detroit has been covering the responses and stories of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community in Southeast Michigan. You can find more of our local coverage below as well as links to our joint storytelling project, AAPI Story Series, with WDET.
The AAPI Storytelling Initiative:
AAPI Story Series | Couple Finds Love Through Communication, Education and Cultural Differences
Within 24 hours of meeting at a conference, Lily Mendoza and Jim Perkinson knew they had found their life partner. Since getting married in 2004, they have built a rich and full life together as activists and educators who challenge their students to think more deeply about race relations and to share their personal stories while navigating the complexities of their relationship
AAPI Story Series | 30-Year Friendship Deepens After the Death of George Floyd
For One Detroit and WDET’s AAPI Story Series, Taiwanese and Chinese American Chien-An Yuan and his friend John Eaton share their reactions to the George Floyd murder and reflect on their shared and divergent experiences growing up in their homogenous Ohio suburb. Plus, the two discuss how their friendship has grown deeper over the last three decades.
Detroit Activist Group Takes Stock of Progress A Year After Atlanta Spa Shootings
One year after the Atlanta spa shooting, One Detroit and WDET sit down with Whenever We’re Needed to reflect on the first rally they held and the impact they’ve had on the community since the Stop Asian Hate movement began. Plus, they express what it means to be creating and carrying on a legacy of activism together.
WDET | AAPI Stories: “Our Life Together Has Really Been a Gift”
From our partners at WDET, as part of our joint AAPI Stories project: Lily Mendoza and Jim Perkinson reflect on their relationship, their educational careers and dedication to social justice and how Jim had to learn how to eat like a Filipino.
AAPI News Coverage:
Metro Detroit Asian American community holds local vigil for Monterey Park, Half Moon Bay victims
Michigan’s AAPI community gathered in Madison Heights to hold a local vigil for the Monterey Park and Half Moon Bay mass shooting victims and those in the community affected by the tragedy.
‘Bad Axe’ film hits the big screen to tell an Asian-Mexican American family’s story in rural Michigan
Following the breakout success of “Bad Axe,” a documentary about an Asian-Mexican American family navigating COVID and racial tensions in Bad Axe, Michigan, director David Siev and his family talk about the creation of the film and its premiere in theaters across America.
IS/LAND Premieres ‘Invisible Embrace’ Inspired by Japanese Internment Camp Survivors’ Stories
An archive of oral history interviews with Japanese internment camp survivors has inspired Detroit Asian American artists collective IS/LAND to create “Invisible Embrace,” a performance that provides audiences a space and experience to share, learn and reflect on the experiences of Japanese internment camp survivors. One Detroit Arts & Culture producer Sarah Smith talks with IS/LAND’s Amber Kao.
PBS NewsHour | 40 Years After Vincent Chin’s Death, Activists Work to Keep Legacy From Fading
Forty years after Chinese American draftsman Vincent Chin was brutally murdered outside a nightclub in Highland Park in 1982, activists from Detroit and across the nation continue to work to keep Chin’s legacy from fading in the midst of new waves of anti-Asian hate seen today.
Artist Anthony Lee commissions new Vincent Chin mural for Detroit’s former Chinatown
One Detroit’s Senior Producer Bill Kubota talks with artist Anthony Lee about the meaning behind his new Vincent Chin mural and the significance of its placement in Detroit’s former Chinatown. Plus, Kubota visits Art Buddies, a budding Asian American artist collective in Southwest Detroit.
Rise of Anti-Asian Hate Revives Asian American Civil Rights Movement Sparked by Vincent Chin’s Murder
Nearly 40 years after the racially motivated murder of Chinese American Vincent Chin in Detroit, the hate crime is being seen in a new light alongside a more recent rise in anti-Asian hate across the country; one that looks similar to Chin’s case, but some experts say is much worse. One Detroit’s Bill Kubota explores how Vincent Chin’s legacy shaped Asian American civil rights activists today.
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