AMA's Funders

US Dept of Justice
St. Paul Cultural Star
St. Paul STAR Program
Minnesota Lynx
National Endowment for the Arts
Minneapolis Foundation
Minnesota Dept of Health
Wells Fargo
Minnesota Dept of Employment & Economic Development
City of Minneapolis
Headwaters Foundation

AMA Announcements

Mentorship Opportunity with Target

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Calling All AMA youth to sign up for the Mentorship opportunities with Target. Organized by Target's Asian Business Council, which is an internal club in Target that is recognized cross-pyramid associations among team members who are united by a common interest. For the Mission of the Asian Business Council is to champion an inclusive work environment where Asian team members find belonging and growth.

More than 20 professionals form the Council with diverse career successes, waiting to hear from AMA youth, and provide mentorship to guiding young people's life journeys, please sign up with:

Signing up with Asian Media Access' Multimedia Internship Program

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Looking for young people aged between 18 - 24 years old, out of school, live in Minneapolis to join our Multimedia Internship Program to learn more of new tools.  It would be 6 weeks, 20 hours per week, and pay $14 per hour on-the job training about communication in digital age.   Please sign up with:

FREE COVID-19 Testing Events with 25 lb Rice Give-away

DATE/TIME: Sunday, February 7, 2021, 1:00pm-4:00pm, no specific time slot sign up
PLACE: Lien Hoa Meditation Center (CHÙA LIÊN HOA),
6333 Highway 14 E Rochester, MN 55904. Register at

DATE/TIME: Sunday, February 21, 2021, 1:00pm-4:00pm, no specific time slot sign up
PLACE: Cambodian Temple, Rochester, MN.  Register at

Joining Lunar New Year Celebrations Around Town -  Year of The Water Buffalo

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Program Updates

Successfully wrapped up the Cultural Broker project at Jan 8th!

1st place postcard winner, Ruby Yang - Mental Health
The Cultural Broker program consisted of 25 youths from 6 different Minnesota Asian American organizations. All coming together to learn multimedia and marketing skills from October 2020 - January 2021. They were then asked to put those skills into use every week by creating wonderful and purposeful videos and postcards. Each product surrounded relevant topics such as, COVID-19 precautions and smoking/vaping preventions in our communities. Not only did they create their products in English,
they also created products in their heritage language, which helps reach a wider range of audiences and multiple communities. 

Youth also received training on each topic every week to understand the impact they will make with their work.The cultural brokers had Elle Mark, who is the Prevention Education manager of the Know The Truth Prevention program, present on smoking and vaping prevention. They also had social media marketing training from Brian Herder who is Chief Creative Officer at Russell Herder, and many more presenters during the 13 weeks.
2nd place postcard winner, Deepta Jasthi - Voting

On January 8th, the Cultural Broker program came to a close with a zoom celebration! Out of 250+ postcards and 70+ videos, we had previous presenters, cultural entities, and AMA staff vote to decide the top 5 videos and top 5 postcards in the class! All were decided on the best message, great use of animation, and creativity.

Congratulations to all winners of our winners! Check out the winning postcards at and videos at our AMA youtube channel -

3rd place postcard winner, Pranith Molakalapalli - Smoking GIF

1st Ryan Nguyen - COVID19,
2nd Smriti Samtani - All of Us,
3rd Sahaana Vasudevan - All of Us,
4th Ojaswini Thodupunoori - COVID19,
5th Jordan Vang - COVID-19,

1st  Ruby Yang - Mental Health
2nd  Deepta Jasthi - Voting
3rd  Pranith Molakalapalli - Smoking GIF
4th  Sidarth Gazula - Biculturalism
5th  Malee Vang - COVID-19

Follow us on Instagram @biculturalliving and Facebook @Bicultural Active Living Lifestyle to see the cultural broker designs and more to come in the future!

Special Spotlight, Youth Story - Monica Xiong

During the Cultural Broker's program, Monica Xiong discovered the benefits of simultaneously embracing her American and Hmong cultures.  Xiong has learned to practice bicultural healthy living by embracing the two cultures rather than losing a part of her identity and conforming completely to her host culture. Xiong stated, "I'm not fluent in Hmong and there isn't a lot about the Hmong people that I knew, so bicultural healthy living helped me find ways to interact with my [Hmong] culture more. I started getting into Hmong food more and I recently learned a few recipes. I also started reading a lot more Hmong books to help me become fluent in the language". Xiong continues to find practices in her bicultural healthy living through active involvement through Hmong church, Girl Scouts for Hmong girls, and Center for Hmong Arts and Talents (CHAT). Since the start of the pandemic and distance learning, Monica Xiong has had a lack of interaction with her community. She has mostly felt a direct impact in the Hmong community. 

For the last several months, most interactions have been virtual, and social media has been a popular method of connection. Most of Xiong's social media following consists of family members and Hmong youth just like her. She notices a lack of interaction from the community, and she wants her audience to be more interested, engaged, and connected in posts. Being a part of the AMA Cultural Broker's program has motivated Xiong to create meaningful content for her community, more than just for herself. Since Middle School, Xiong has always been interested in Graphic Design, using Adobe tools to create posters and videos. Not only was Xiong able to refine those graphic design skills, but she was also able to learn about pressing issues in her community through the Cultural Broker's program. Xiong hopes to pursue a career in Marketing, using her background in graphic design.


AMA Youth successfully combat the Substance Abuse

Our “Youth In Charge,” Initiative was recognized by the Whitehouse, and featured at the First Lady’s October Prevention Month twit to highlight youth’s success.   “Youth In Charge” Initiative has successfully reached more than 2,000+ youth of color, especially African and Asian American immigrant and refugee youth, through a bicultural lens. The Initiative honors each youth’s culture, and encourages them to see cultural pride and community togetherness are effective ways to enhance resilience and combat substance usage.  

Under the “Youth In Charge” Initiative, youth celebrate ethnic holidays, practice cultural dances/sports, and create culturally and linguistically appropriate print and digital materials for parents and distribute them through networks of cultural communities with information about sharing cultural assets and values to prevent substance usage.

Next project our youth will support - is the state-wide educational project "Don't Discount Your Life" Initiative.   Since keeping commercial tobacco prices high is the most effective tool to help people quit smoking and prevent youth from starting. Tobacco companies spend billions of dollars to reduce the price of commercial tobacco. Discounts and coupons are used to attract and addict youth, women, BIPOC, low-income, and LGBTQ communities. Cheap commercial tobacco is pervasive and fosters racial inequity and health disparities.

People can stop the tobacco industry from targeting our communities with cheap commercial tobacco through a price discount ordinance. An ordinance would set a minimum price on cigarettes and smokeless tobacco and prohibit the redemption of tobacco coupons and price promotions. Learn more at  


Community News

Past McKnight Fellow Eric Howell, recently released a new graphic novel based on his screenplay "The Revolution of Cassandra.  Check out these beautifully done illustrations!

Metro North Free ESL Classes

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PLACE: Online, Register
Phone: 763-433-4200

English as a Second Language (ESL)
English language classes are offered to support adults who may be immigrants or refugees. The curriculum is designed to fulfill learner's practical needs by teaching everyday language focused on survival skills and everyday living. In addition, the classes improve proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, math, and writing English.

Bite-Sized Learning: Racial Equity Advocacy for White Allies

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 01, 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
PLACE: Online, Register,

Racial equity work is about progress, not perfection. What can white folks do to advance racial equity in their personal and professional lives? We will discuss strategies for overcoming internal, relational, and organizational racism. Whether you are new to racial justice or need a refresher to reaffirm your commitment, this will be a safe space to gather resources you can apply in your sphere of influence.

The Bite-Sized Learning events are designed by MCN’s Greater Minnesota team to keep us connected across the state. While the topics are chosen to meet the needs of Greater Minnesota, all are welcome here! Each event will have a short presentation along with plenty of time for networking and discussion on the designated topic. Bring your questions and expertise on the topic! With our cameras and microphones on, we can stay connected, learn, and support one another.

Event Website:

Climate Solutions Lunchtime Series: Climate Justice

DATE/TIME: Thursday, February 4, 2021, 12:00 PM -1:00PM 
PLACE: Online,

With Winona LaDuke (economist and Executive Director of Honor the Earth), Bruce Morlan (Conservative Climate Caucus), and Catherine Fleming (Project Sweetie Pie)

What would climate justice look like, how do we get there, and who gets to decide? One answer is that it looks like, depends on, and must include all of us. In this panel, a mix of national and local activists and organizers will share their variations on that theme, through stories of “We the People” climate action centering Indigenous, conservative, racial-justice, and civic-political philosophies and approaches. Despite their differences, all focus on the importance of involving diverse Americans’ perspectives and concrete, creative efforts in confronting climate change and its myriad challenges.


Connect MEdia Festival

DATE: February 5-7, 2021
PLACE: Online Events, Register for individual events on

Join us for the first-ever Connect MEdia Festival from February 5th-7th! This festival will feature workshops, screenings, and panels from artists all over the Minnesota community. This event is co-hosted by In Progress, APIA MN, DocuClub, FilmNorth, and SPNN. 

Virtual Lunar New Year 2021(Suzanna Finley/Asia Society)

DATE: Saturday, February 6, 2021, 12:00 PM CST
PLACE: Online Events, Register

Celebrate the Year of the Ox! Asia Society rings in the New Year with performances and traditional craft activities inspired by Lunar New Year traditions across Asia. This year, we will celebrate together virtually. Please join us for a day of performances and arts and crafts inspired by Lunar New Year traditions across Asia.

Today is my Birthday by Susan Soon He Stanton

DATE: February 6-21, 2021
PLACE: Online Broadcast,

Emily, a would-be writer, retreats home to O'ahu after Manhattan finally gets the best of her. But trading one island for another doesn't help. When she stumbles into a gig as an actor on a shock-jock radio dating show, she finds herself strangely determined to turn that fantasy into reality. Told through a playful combination of phone calls, voicemails, and live radio spots, Stanton’s quirky show highlights life with a thousand friends on Facebook, but no one to talk to on a Saturday night.

Power of Partnerships

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 4:00-5:30pm
PLACE: Online

Save the date, more information to follow. A Community-Academic Dialogue About the Covid-19 Vaccine: What do we need to understand to build trust in science?
Moderated by:
  • Makeda Zulu-Gillespie, Executive Director
  • University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC)
Questions: or

Let's Talk 2: A Science of the Positive Approach to Community Conversations

DATE/TIME: Thursday, February 11, 2020, 1:00pm-3:00pm
PLACE: Online, Register

So much of the work of prevention centers on conversations. It is in conversation that the gaps between perceived and actual community norms are explored. At the meeting. In the hallway. Sitting in the bleachers next to another parent. This is where perspectives can be shifted. Equipping coalition/team/community members with skills to effectively facilitate these conversations without raising defensiveness provides a significant impact. In these skill-building workshops, Jason will introduce the concepts of “Let’s Talk” while providing examples of the advantages of this communication style versus other approaches

 CelebrAsian: A Thousand Lunar New Year Wishes

DATE/TIME: Thursday, February 11, 2021,  5:30 PM - 7:15 PM
PLACE: Online, Register here

Graphic of a yellow, purple and pink crane standing next to a blue ox with colorful paper cranes flying around them. Text reads" CelebrAsian: A Thousand Lunar New Year Wishes."Share stories of abundance and vulnerability as we play Story Stitch, a conversation card game made by local diaspora storytelling org Green Card Voices, share pictures and highlights you and yours experienced in 2020, watch the reveal of our spectacular #PaperCraneWish art installation, and write platonic love letters to those who have filled your life with color and wonder.

Stay with us until the end, and we’ll show you how to bring yourself and your household objects to life… through DANCE!

No matter the circumstances that may keep our community apart, like the Ox and Paper Crane in our story, we will find our way back to one another – to share all the moments that remind us of the priceless value of making the most of what we have, together.

FRFF Workshop: Mobile Filmmaking

DATE/TIME: Saturday, February 13th, 2021 12:00PM
PLACE: Online, Register

“Mobile Filmmaking” will be online via Zoom on Saturday, February 13th at 12:00 p.m. The workshop will be taught by Benjamin Boucvalt, who will be teaching attendees about how to use simple equipment (mainly smartphones) to compose and shoot professional-looking videos.

2021 TAAMN Lunar New Year Virtual Celebration

DATE/TIME: Saturday, February 13, 2021, 7:00pm-8:30pm
PLACE: Online, Register

The TAAMN invites old and new friends for an online gathering to celebrate the 2021 Lunar New Year on Saturday, February 13th! While we cannot host an in-person celebration as usual, we still have plenty planned for a joyful virtual gathering! We will also use the occasion to update members on the status of the organization and honor the young recipients of the Elaine Liu Memorial Scholarship Awards and the Minnesota Taiwanese Foundation Youth Awards. We will then wrap up the night with games, interactive activities, and prizes! For more details and registration, please check out the attached google form. 

FRFF Workshops

DATE/TIME: Sunday, February 14th, 2021, 11:00 AM
PLACE: Online, Register
TOPIC: Filling the Blank Page

Malick Ceesay will be teaching “Filling the Blank Page”, which is aimed at helping writers get started or get re-inspired to write their own scripts

DATE/TIME: Sunday, February 14th, 2021, 1:00 PM

PLACE: Online, Register
TOPIC: Keeping the Beat

Nathaniel Nelson will be teaching “Keeping the Beat: The Art of Musical Filmmaking”. Nelson’s workshop will focus on shooting and editing live shows and music videos as well as editing for sound and editing to rhythm.

Wells Fargo Beyond College: 2021 Webinar Series A young man watches a webinar on a desktop computer.

Covering a wide variety of topics from personal finance to professional development, the 2021 Beyond College Webinar Series may help better prepare you for what’s next after college.

DATE/TIME: February 18, 2021, 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET
PLACE: Online, Register here
TOPIC: Defining and building a strong leadership brand.
Learn how to build and leverage your leadership brand.

DATE/TIME: March 4, 2021, 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET
PLACE: Online, Register here
TOPIC: Creating a rock-solid resume
Get tips on how to showcase your personality, skills and accomplishments while highlighting what you have to offer to a potential employer.

DATE/TIME: April 22, 2021, 4:00-5:30 p.m. ET
PLACE: Online, Register here
TOPIC: Budgeting and Money Management 101.

Learn financial strategies for life during and after college, including investing, principles, and the important lesson of paying yourself first.

DATE/TIME: May 20, 2021, 4:00-5:30 p.m. ET 
PLACE: Online, Register here
TOPIC: Entrepreneurship and the gig economy.

Find out if you are ready to start your own business, and learn about tools and resources to help.

DATE/TIME: May 20, 2021, 4:00-5:30 p.m. ET 
PLACE: Online, Register here
TOPIC: Wells Fargo careers and internships.
Recruiters from Wells Fargo share information about internships and full-time career opportunities, including how to apply.

DATE/TIME: June 17, 2021, 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET 
PLACE: Online, Register here
TOPIC: Salary vs. value: How to determine which role is perfect for you.
Know what to consider when evaluating job offers and what you can negotiate.

DATE/TIME: July 29, 2021, 4:00-5:30 p.m. ET
PLACE: Online, Register here
TOPIC: Entrepreneurship and the gig economy.
Recruiters from Wells Fargo share information about internships and full-time career opportunities, including how to apply.

DATE/TIME: August 26, 2021, 4:00-5:30 p.m. ET
PLACE: Online, Register here
TOPIC: Digital Native: Social media smarts.
Join a discussion about how social media can promote or destroy your personal brand.

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VSAM 2021 Tet Show

DATE: Saturday, February 20, 202, 6:00pm-8:00pm
PLACE: Online,

Tết Nguyên Đán, commonly referred to as Tết, is the Vietnamese celebration of the Lunar New Year. It is a time for new beginnings, festivities, and family. Please join us in celebrating the Lunar New Year as the Vietnamese Student Association of Minnesota proudly presents the 2021 Tết Show! The show displays performances, skits, raffle prizes, and much more. It is also FREE ADMISSION, everyone is welcome.

Unapologetically Radicalradical

DATE: Saturday, February 20, 2021
PLACE: Online, Register here
ONE-DAY virtual event created to address, amplify, and activate anti-racism in arts and culture. This is a safe space for truth-telling and groundbreaking conversations around dismantling systems of racial injustice and applying immediate and direct change. Broken down in EP album style, two unique tracks will explore themes around hip-hop & culture as a tool for activism and social change, preservation of black and brown culture, truth and reconciliation and busting the myths around what allyship looks like, just to name a few. This day is designed for Black, Indigenous and People of Color, Community Activists, Community Artists, and Arts and Cultural Organizations doing anti-racism work.

Investment Conference

DATE: Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 8:30 AM – 10:45 AM
PLACE: Online, Register

Who’s this event for? We’ve designed this event for people who want to better understand the world of Catholic investing. More specifically, this event is for you if you’re…
  • someone who wishes to live your faith through philanthropy.
  • a pastor, parish business administrator, or trustee responsible for stewarding the gifts of your parishioners.
  • a professional advisor who wants to provide additional value to your charitable Catholic clients.
What will I learn? You’ll gain perspective on the 2021 economic outlook. And, you’ll learn how CCF stewards more than $387 million charitable assets on behalf of its many donors to meet the needs of our local community.

Knight Media Forum 2021

DATE: March 2-4, 2021
PLACE: Online, Register

The 2020 election and the pandemic have accelerated the polarization of the media in the United States, hardening Americans into two information silos shaped principally by partisanship. This fractured media ecosystem has serious consequences for American democracy and institutions, from national elections to decision making at City Hall.

Importantly, the one medium that can break through the partisan divide, and bring people together around a common set of facts, is local news. 

The 2021 Knight Media Forum, taking place online, will examine how local news innovators and their supporters are responding to unprecedented times, and offer practical solutions for newsrooms and funders seeking to promote more informed and engaged communities.

Gen-K: K-Pop Talent Showcase

DATE: July 28, 2021, 8:00pm
PLACE: Online, Youtube

A production highlighting the talents of the Gen Z K-Pop Community in Minneapolis. Featuring dance cover teams and vocalists from across the Twin-Cities, we invite you to join us on Wed., July 28th, 2021 (8PM CST) on YouTube!  Learn more about us at View on your desktop for best experience. Connect with us! or Email (
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