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Now Weekly Issue 002: AAPI News Headlines

This week’s AAPI News headlines are pretty off the charts. That’s because they are are a little different this time…

Paired with some incredible AAPI news headlines are organizations to support in the community. With Lunar New Year just around the corner, we need to show our AAPI community extra love, especially after this tremendous year!

China’s winter sports hope Eileen Gu makes historic X Games debut

Eileen Gu competing at X games

Image by Sup China

17-year old Eileen Gu made history last weekend at the Winter X games, achieving a major milestone for Asians and Asian Americans!

Gu is the first Chinese athlete to win a gold in the X games. Plus, she is the first rookie to win 3 medals in different events in just one day of competing!

Source: supchina.com

Jon M. Chu to direct big-screen adaptation of ‘Wicked’

Director Jon M Chu smiling at awards show

Image by NBC

 Chinese-Taiwanese American Director Jon Chu, best known for directing ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ will bring the broadway masterpiece ‘Wicked’ on screen 👏🏼
 
Source: nbcnews.com

This Congress member wants Biden to hire more Asian Americans in government

 
Senator Judy Chu speaking at a rally

Image by Vox

Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), who became the first Chinese American woman elected to Congress in 2009, sat down with Vox to discuss the policies the caucus is most focused on right now and how it plans to keep on pushing the White House to consider AAPI candidates for judgeships and other roles

 Source: vox.com

"AAPIs have been seen by some as invisible. And that’s why it is so important for us to raise our voices,” she told Vox. “Unless they hear from us, we will remain invisible forever." - Chu

Simu Liu is one of Entertainment Weekly’s Top 10 Breakout Stars of 2021

Simu Liu professionally photographed in a blazer

Image by Entertainment Weekly

Simu Liu is doing big things. Best known for his role in ‘Kim’s Convenience,’ this Chinese-Canadian’s career is skyrocketing. This summer, he will debut as Marvel’s first Asian-lead superhero in ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.’
 
Source: EW.com

 

“I can be someone I didn't have as a kid,” says Liu. “I really hope with this movie, kids who are like me, who grew up similarly, can have that. That’s really the power of representation: seeing yourself on screen and feeling like you're a part of this world, which for Asian children who have grown up in the West hasn't always been the case.”- Liu

AAPI Organizations to Support

Fire at the Vietnamese Community Center

Image by San Francisco Chronicle

Vietnamese American Community Center

Last Saturday morning, the Vietnamese American Community Center suffered from a devastating fire. Make a donation now to show the community support, especially before the Lunar New Year! Discover Joanna Garcia GoFundMe page here.

Save our Chinatowns Fundraiser for Lunar New Year

Image by Save Our Chinatowns

Save Our Chinatowns

Save Our Chinatowns and Good Good Eatz partnered up to raise funds for businesses in Oakland’s Chinatown. Those who donate will receive a digital copy of Save Our Chinatown’s latest Zine, “Have you Eaten Yet?”

Stop AAPI Hate

Established at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, this pivotal organization combats hate, violence, and discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Send Chinatown Love

Based in NYC, this organization better digital representation for Asian American restaurants. 

Longevity Fund official graphic

Image by Welcome to Chinatown

Welcome to Chinatown

This organization works to elevate and support the voices of NYC Chinatown businesses. Their Longevity Fund is an opportunity to help these businesses stay afloat with small business grants.

 

Want more AAPI news? Discover more on our Creativ Lab blog.

KITS Creativ is a 100% minority-owned Southeast Asian-owned multi-cultural creative agency, specializing in digital marketing and web design services.

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Victoria Cece

Victoria Cece

Aspiring Editor in 'Chef,' Victoria spends her time between her kitchen, Google Drive, and a good pasta scroll hole. She lives for discovering new words and foods, especially the ones she will struggle the most to pronounce. A passionate storyteller, Victoria currently works as a content strategist & copywriter for KITS Creativ.

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