Tuesday, May 25, 2021: Out of the Shadows: AAPI Mental Health in an Era of Violence

A conversation with Dr. Josephine Kim presented by AAJA and AAJA New England

The recent spike in violence against Asian Americans has not only been traumatic, but also exposed a history of racism that our community has grappled with in many forms, from microaggressions to systemic problems. Discussing mental health, for many, has been taboo or challenging to access. We sit down with a Lecturer on Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education and expert on Asian American mental health for a wide-ranging and timely discussion.

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College students: Apply to be AAJA-New England’s next student board rep

The New England chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association is seeing applicants for its next student board representative(s).

The student board rep is a vital part of our all-volunteer chapter board. They work to raise AAJA’s profile on college campuses and connect their peers to working journalists for mentorship. In year’s past, that’s involved promoting chapter events, recruiting new members, helping organize student-focused events and participating in our regular board meetings.

Given this is an unusual year, we’re looking for someone who can help us think creatively about how our chapter can better serve our sizable and vibrant student member community, even if many (most?) aren’t actually in town to attend classes.

If interested, we’re looking for a brief statement (max 300 words) on why you want to join and how you might be able to contribute. Any ideas you might have for programs or initiatives are also welcome.

Applications are due October 1 to me (phil.marcelo@gmail.com) and Chapter President Young-Jin Kim (yj.magnet@gmail.com).

Also, if accepted, you should be current on your AAJA membership. (You can sign up for the discounted student rate, which comes with loads of other benefits HERE).

AAJA New England 2020 Alix Quan Journalism Stipend

Apply for the AAJA New England 2020 Alix Quan Journalism Stipend 

News media has not been immune as the coronavirus pandemic continues to devastate the global economy. Journalists are facing furloughs, layoffs, increased work demands and fewer resources to do their job at a critical time for the world.

To respond to these unprecedented challenges, AAJA New England is launching the Alix Quan Journalism Fund, which will provide stipends to Asian American and Pacific Islander journalists in New England facing economic hardships or who could otherwise benefit professionally from a financial boost. 

Awards will range from $300 to $500 and be given to up to five recipients. Interested applicants are asked to submit an essay of no more than 500 words to yj.magnet@gmail.com by August 31, 2020, explaining how you plan to use the stipend. Students are encouraged to apply. 

The amount may vary depending on the number of applications and the degree of hardship or potential benefit for each individual. You need not be a member to apply; however, if you are not a member, part of the stipend will automatically go towards a membership. 

About the Alix Quan Journalism Fund

Alix and Michael Quan

AAJA-New England’s stipend in memory of Alix Quan seeks to assist journalists impacted by the COVID-19 crisis or to whom the funds could play a role in career development.    

Alix was a generous and longtime contributor to AAJA who passed away in 2019 at the age of 58. 

Along with her husband Michael Quan, a veteran photographer with The Boston Globe and The New York Times, she attended nearly every AAJA convention. 

Over the years, she helped organize the association’s annual silent auction fundraiser and countless Boston-area events, where she was a fixture of the local chapter.  Alix even helped develop AAJA’s first Boston convention in 1997, and graciously hosted AAJA members whenever they visited town.

She understood the importance of AAJA’s role as a watchdog for media coverage of Asian American communities and as a critical network for veteran members and up-and-coming journalists alike.

If you wish to make a potentially tax deductible contribution to the Alix Quan Journalism Fund, please contact yj.magnet@gmail.com

Unify: Journalists for Diversity stands with Black journalists and Black Americans

Unify is a coalition of the New England chapters of the NABJ, AAJA, NAHJ, and NLGJA

JUNE 26, 2020 — Unify: Journalists for Diversity stands in solidarity with Black journalists and Black Americans seeking justice in the nation and accuracy in news coverage of their communities.

Formed in 2017, Unify is a collaboration between the New England chapters of the National Association of Black Journalists, the Asian American Journalists Association, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and the NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists.

Those of us who are non-Black Latinx, AAPI, and LGBTQ journalists support our Black colleagues, our Black loved ones and neighbors, and the Black and biracial members of our own communities demanding an end to police violence and systemic racism.

We value the voices and professional contributions of Black reporters, editors, producers, and photographers. Black journalists experience trauma reporting on racial injustice, and many have been subjected to racist acts and epithets while working with professionalism and restraint. All journalists in the United States have a First Amendment right to do their jobs without harassment or abuse.

The Black communities we cover are in pain. We pledge to listen for insight and guidance as we support change driven by Black voices, ideas, and priorities. We pledge to foster frank conversations within and among our communities about the anti-Black racism that exists in every community.

We will work within our own newsrooms and with news directors across the region to ensure that our staffs reflect the diversity of the communities we cover, and that we report on those communities with appropriate sensitivity and context, centering Black voices.

For too long, media companies have failed to center the experiences of Black Americans and have relied on narratives that reinforce stereotypes of poverty and criminality. Absent of these voices, news organizations fail to deliver an accurate picture of communities and individuals, and they misrepresent racial disparities, thereby stifling progress.

Our coalition is committed to change. Contact any of the chapter presidents if you wish to discuss further steps.

Gary Washburn, President, Boston Association of Black Journalists
Kareem White, President, Southern New England Association of Black Journalists 
Young-Jin Kim, President, Asian American Journalists Association, New England Chapter
Karina E. Cuevas, President, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, New England Chapter
Jeremy C. Fox, President, The NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists, Boston Chapter

STUDENT JOURNALISTS: Join us for our fall mixer at Northeastern

The New England chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association is holding its annual fall gathering for college students, recent graduates and young journalists.

We’re meeting Friday, Oct. 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m at Northeastern University‘s West Village H building, Room 108.

Street address is 440 Huntington Avenue, and it’s a short walk from the Northeastern green line stop and Ruggles orange line stop.

This informal event is a chance to meet other young reporters, meet leaders of the local AAJA chapter, and learn about scholarships, and other career development programs that AAJA offers.

Food and refreshments will be provided.

RSVP here: https://forms.gle/xamcsx1N4KBUni2M6.

Hope to see you there!

AAJA New England’s Summer Dim Sum, July 20

Join us on Saturday, July 20 for AAJA New England’s Summer Dim Sum  at JOYFUL GARDEN at 10:30 a.m.

It will be a time to connect with AAJA journalists and get to know our chapter if you haven’t been to recent events. If you’re headed to AAJA19 it is the perfect chance to connect with others before flying to the ATL.

Most of all, it will be a time to get some great food with great people.

We are asking for a modest contribution of $10 for those who come.

Please RSVP by emailing me at yj.magnet@gmail.com.

The address of Joyful Garden is 550 Arsenal St. in Watertown.

I encourage everyone to sign up!

MAY EVENT: Media Access Workshop for Nonprofits

How can your nonprofit or community-focused organization promote your work, draw media attention and highlight your mission?

The Asian American Journalists Association presents Media Access, a FREE half-day workshop for nonprofit and community organizations to learn about the most effective ways to build partnerships with local media organizations and get coverage.

This event is free and open to nonprofits and community-based organizations. The sessions cover media literacy, media access and op-ed writing featuring a moderator and a panel of local journalists.

WHEN: Saturday, May 18 from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

WHERE: WGBH’s Hawley Theatre, One Guest Street, Boston, MA


Bowling! College Hoops! Springfield!

Spring is here, so join the Asian American Journalists Association as we venture to SPRINGFIELD in scenic western Massachusetts!

The New England chapter is hosting a networking social at MGM Springfield, the state’s new (and so far only) resort casino.

We’re gathering at the TAP Arcade and Bowling Lounge on MARCH 23starting at NOON.

We’ll eat, bowl and catch some of the NCAA tournament action. We’re just asking for a (modest) $20 contribution to help cover the lanes and food.

Also, please RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/aaja-march-madness-bowling-in-springfield-tickets-56676794819

Any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to AAJA-New England President Young-Jin Kim at yj.magnet@gmail.com.

Hope to see you there!

Helen Zia: Book Talk and Signing – Feb 12, 6pm

Author Event: Helen Zia

Helen, as many of you know, is a groundbreaking Asian-American author, journalist and activist. Her reporting on the Vincent Chin case helped galvanise the response to anti-Asian violence. (https://sites.ed.gov/aapi/helen_zia/

Helen will discuss her latest book, Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao’s Revolution with Connie Chan. The event is organised by the Boston Chinatown Neighbourhood Center and the Chinese Historical Society of New England.

RSVP and pre-sale books: bit.ly/CHSNE-Helen-Zia