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Empathy Through Art: Asian American Pride

"Pensando" Credit: Cristina Rago - Asian Pasifika Arts Collective

We celebrate Asian Pacific American heritage month by looking at two ways Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are sharing their stories through art … to stand up to anti-Asian attitudes. Cori Dioquino from the Asian Pasifika Arts Collective tells us about its art contest that focuses on identity pride. And CityLit Project is hosting a series called The Invisible Invincible Asian American: Telling Our Stories.’ We talk with co-curators Jung Yun and Aditya Desai:

“Art, literature, visual work … these ways that we capture our narratives and these ways that we express our voices not only help us personally to work through these experiences and these traumas, but also create a space for the community to engage with us, and come together.”

Links: Asian Pasifika Arts Collective, APAC art contest, CityLit Project The Invisible Invincible Asian American: Telling Our Stories/YouTube Channel, CityLit Project: Publishing Asian Voices

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Melissa Gerr is a producer for On the Record. She started in public media at Twin Cities Public Television in St. Paul, Minn., where she is from, and then worked as a field producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland. She made the jump to audio-lover in Baltimore as a digital media editor at Mid-Atlantic Media and Laureate Education, Inc. and as a field producer for "Out of the Blocks." Her beat is typically the off-beat with an emphasis on science, culture and things that make you say, 'Wait, what?'