The AAPI Youth Board speaks out today – October 1 – please join us for the street renaming ceremony of "Vicha Ratanapakdee Way" to honor the legacy of 84-year old Thai Grandpa Vicha, who tragically passed on Jan. 30 2021. His daughter Monthanus Ratanapakdee carries on his legacy to pursue justice.
Join us in-person or livestream and hear from Monthanus, @amandangocnguyen, @danieldaekim and the AYR youth board as we speak to honor Grandpa Vicha.
Lunar New Year is now an official California holiday!! Thank you
Evan Low’s bill @aimhighgetlow making history as the first state to celebrate an Asian holiday & taking a significant step for Asian American belonging. TY
We join 25 AAPI groups to urge @GavinNewsom to sign #AB2596, making Lunar New Year a state holiday in California! Lunar New Year has a 4000 year history, yet it has never been recognized as a holiday in California. The bill by @aimhighgetlow is on Gov. Newsom's desk and must be signed this week.
Today, President Biden honored a group of “Uniters” at the “United We Stand Summit” at the White House. We believe it is important for Americans of all ages, races, religions, ages and political affiliations to come together to combat the rise in hate.
All youth deserve to feel safe in America. All youth deserve an inclusive education filled with the diversity of our histories. All youth have a right to have our voices heard.
Thank you to everyone at the Biden Administration for honoring AAPI Youth Rising’s work.
1. POTUS and Mina
2. Ambassador Susan Rice
3. Senator Mazie Hirono
4. Uniters Mina Fedor, Dr. Suzanne Barakat, Miriam Vargas Corona (UNIDOS)
5. Lisa Ling
6. Uniters Taylor Dumpson and Mina Fedor
7. Manjusha Kulkarni (A3PCON)
8. Biden announcing the Uniters
9. The Uniters
10. The Uniters
Had so much fun visiting Cameron House and teaching our ONE DAY OF AAPI HISTORY to middle school students! Thank you Cameron House, UPS and Josh for making this all possible. Looking forward to many more teaching opportunities ahead!
Today we celebrate what it means to be Asian American youth and we also raise our voices for our future. Today’s Unity March is a multicultural event to advance socioeconomic and cultural equity, racial justice and solidarity. Our diversity gives us strength and we as youth ask everyone to make this mission part of our every day. To everyone marching, we send our love.
To celebrate Pride Month, here are a few AAPI queer activists to celebrate! Geena Rocero, Helen Zia, Dan Choi, and Mark Tanako. We celebrate our differences and our identities. We should feel safe in being ourselves without being bullied. This is what makes us unique! 🏳️🌈 happy pride month!
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Thank you SF Opera for sharing this incredible opportunity! Our first opera memory will always be with the Opening Night of Dream of the Red Chamber!! To everyone who made this night possible…Thank you!!!
Check out this magical production adapted from a classic of world literature performed by an all Asian main cast set to beautiful music, costumes and set design! What an amazing way to end the school year!
Vicha Ratanapakdee was a loving father and kind grandfather. AAPI Youth Rising's Mina (@mina.fedor) and Maxwell (@maxwellw_2025) spoke with friends and other community groups yesterday on the first day of preliminary hearings for Vicha. Our hearts go out to Vicha's family.
@asiansarestrong @standwithasians @asianjusticemovement @justice4vicha @_dearcommunity @charles.jung @natassiakwan @leannalouie28_
We wanted to take a quick second to thank some of the many groups that have inspired and partnered with us to be the organization we are today. They are @aapi.amplified, @dearasianyouth, and @aapisv! We really enjoyed working with them and hope we get to partner with them in the future!
To close out AAPI Heritage Month, we want to thank those who have inspired us, led us and taught us this year. There is no way we would be here without you! And especially with everything that’s going on this past week in schools and our communities across America, it means even more to celebrate other students.
First up, we are inspired by student groups all fighting for change in our communities. These youth are taking action both big and small.
We are also honored to have the support from everyone on our Organizations Inspirational List. Each of these groups has guided us in so many ways – from anti-bullying resources to mental health tips, to advice about our educational futures, to celebrating our cultures, we thank you!
We celebrate so many other individuals and groups who have helped us this year too! If you want to tag someone please do!
Running through SF today at the @asiansarestrong 5k! Beautiful day in the city to close out AAPI Heritage month in the perfect way. Plus we visited historical sites and met up with friends too…huge shout out to @asiansarestrong!!!
Btw AAPI Youth Rising’s Anna (8th grade) came in 5th place. Shout out to Cooper, Max, Nicholas, Mina, Lucian, Anna, Charlee and new AYR ambassador Ethan who came out to his first group event!! So so fun.
Watch the new groundbreaking special event: "@SoulofaNation presents –
Together as One: Celebrating Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage.”
Premiering Friday 8/7c on @abcnews – and stream on @Hulu.
Gratitude to Soul of a Nation and @jujuchangabc for elevating our message. Asian American history is American history. This is a moment. Let’s make it happen.
Shout out to the AAPI Youth Rising team and friends making an appearance!
Join our IG LIVE on 5/26 when @mina.fedor and Diversify Our Narrative’s @binakanorris discuss the importance of learning about our AAPI histories, the need for AAPI inclusive curriculum and more.
We are super excited to speak about our ONE DAY OF AAPI HISTORY and also to learn about DON'S latest project @k12aanhpi_project!
AAPI Youth Rising met @diversifyournarrative last year right after we formed our group. When we reached out – turns out that they were actually at our rally and we didn’t even know it!
Since then they have given us so much advice and we have learned so much from them. We continue to be inspired by all their work – including spearheading student coalitions in support of diverse histories in CA and beyond.
So check out their @k12aanhpi_project! Excited to meet up again.