Amplifying the Asian Pacific American Voice with Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch

Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch is the President of the U.S.-China Education Trust, a program devoted to promoting American Studies in China. She has had an extensive career in international affairs and government service, beginning in 1964 as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sabah, Malaysia and culminating as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Nepal in 1989 — the first Asian American to hold such rank in U.S. history. For Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) heritage month, we’re excited to bring you her perspectives on AAPI month throughout her life and career.   What does AAPI Heritage Month mean to...

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Honoring AAPI Stories and Intersectionality with DJ Kuttin Kandi

DJ Kuttin Kandi is a retired hip hop DJ and activist, organizer, writer and artist who also co-founded Asian Solidarity Collective, a San Diego organization working to create Asian solidarity with other marginalized and oppressed communities. She is an alumni of Meridian’s Next Level program. For Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) heritage month, we’re excited to bring you her perspective on intersectionality and storytelling.   What does AAPI month mean to you? Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage months means many things to me. First, it really means that not only must I be proud of my heritage but...

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The “face” of America with Ben Chang

Ben Chang is the Deputy Vice President for Communications and University Spokesperson for Princeton University. He has been a member of Meridian’s Rising Leaders Council since 2016. For Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) heritage month, we’re excited to bring you his perspective on home, history and heritage. For me, AAPI month begins in West Virginia. West Virginia: Perhaps a surprising locale for a story about AAPI month, but this one begins there because my mom grew up in Clarksburg, WV. My grandparents left China — and their daughters — to come to the United States to study medicine...

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Home, history & heritage with Hongxia Liu

Hongxia Liu is a former Associate Vice Chancellor at NYU Shanghai and a former Meridian trustee. For Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) heritage month, we’re excited to bring you her perspective on home, history and heritage.   What does AAPI Month mean to you? For me, AAPI Month means to take time to reflect on the history and achievements of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs) across our Nation, and also to ruminate on our shared challenges and opportunities in furthering the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness.   Given the heightened injustices against the AAPI...

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