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 

COVID-19 Support and Asian Food Give Away

DATE/TIME: Friday, May 21, 2021, 1:00pm-7:00pm
PLACE: Asian Mall (Old Gander Mountain Building)
12160 Technology Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344

COVID-19 has hit Asian American and Pacific Islander communities hard, please join a community-wide effort to help on Food give-away, Free COVID-19 Testing, Vaccination Information, and Assistance in applying of different relief effort all in one day!

For More Information

 Summer Training Opportunities

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a. Multimedia Classes - learning video production and graphic design, working on the "Bicultural Active Living Lifestyle (BALL)" Education Campaign and showcasing your works at AMA youtube channel.
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b. Asian Dance Classes - practicing bicultural healthy living, enrolling in the cultural exercise classes, and showcasing your talents at summer festivals around town.

c. STEP UP summer paid internship with AMA - please sign up through City of Minneapolis STEP UP program.

Please e-mail your interest of participating to

Upcoming Community Performances

a. Generation Z Project – Gen K Showcase
DATE/TIME:  Wednesday, July 28, 2021, 8:00pm CDT
PLACE: Online Event -

b. Asian Wave at the Park
DATE/TIME: Sunday, August 1, 2021 6:00pm-8:00pm
PLACE: Roseville Central Park Frank Rog Amphitheater, 2540 Lexington Ave N, Roseville, MN 55113

Community Safety Training

DATE/TIME:  Saturday, May 8, 2021,11:00am–5:00pm
PLACE: 24th Street Omega Place Auditorium (Little Earth), Register 

DATE/TIME:  Saturday, May 22 from 10:30am-8pm 
  • 10:30AM-3:00PM Community Safety Training,
    prerequisite for the evening’s Training of Trainers session
  • 5:00PM-8:00PM Training of Trainers
PLACE: Foundation Shelter at the Central Park, 2495 Victoria St N, Roseville, MN 55113, Register 

Covid-19 Safety Precautions:Please double mask and remain socially distant at all times
Event Page: 

Program Updates

Hennepin County Blueline Extension Seeking Input from Community Members

Hennepin County recently released revised route options for the planned METRO Blueline Extension, which will connect communities from Downtown Minneapolis northwest to Brooklyn Park.

These routes are intended to advance a conversation many years in the making with the goal of identifying a single community-supported route by the end of this year to advance into an official design. Asian Media Access has collaborated with the County to collect the feedbacks, and we like to hear from YOU through:

a. A Community Survey is available for community members wanting to give feedback on the initial route options by May 28 - Click here to take Survey 

b. Check out this map - Click here, and enter your comments on the potential routes.

c. General projects comments can be submitted here -Click here to submit comments

d. Follow the project on social media:  Click here for Facebook and Click here for Twitte

e. Project staff are available to provide presentations to community and business groups.

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Collecting Anti-Racism Stories for Asian Children

Asian Media Access is resuming video production at the SPNN Studio. We will produce a series of video testimonies to guide Asian American children and teens on how to face racism acts, and to bounce back with more resiliency through cultural practices and support!  

Each month, we will invite 6 Asian American and Pacific Islander leaders, artists and influencers to guest in the studio.

They can either retell an Asian folktales, sing a song dedicated to children, or give testimonies on how they dealt with racism when they were young.  

We invite YOU to join us to inspire more discussion for the next generation!

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A Sense of Urgency and Disparity 

With the COVID-19 continue to sweep across the globe, and MN continues to be in the CDC’s top-15 state COVID-19 watch list, Asian Media Access is making an urgent plead to our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, to get vaccinated ASAP, and to get tested for COVID-19 every 2 weeks.  It is not just a public health issue, it has been known, and is an EQUITY ISSUE for our AAPIs, because the pandemic impacts our communities so disproportionately.   

For example, unemployment rate increased by more than 450% from Feb to June in 2020, revealing a greater rate of increase than any other racial groups, because Asian-owned businesses were overrepresented in some of the hardest-hit sectors. Asian-owned businesses make up 26% of accommodations and food services, 17% of retail trades, and 11% of education-services businesses (“Employment Status by Race,” from US Bureau of Labor Statistics, updated July 2, ’20).  It is very important to urge our AAPIs to take extra effort to receive and promote vaccination, because our economic needs depend on it.
Below shows some devastating data for our diverse AAPI sub groups, as examples:
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• Nearly a third of the nurses who have died of coronavirus in the United States are Filipino/Filipinx, according to the National Nurses United, even though Filipino/Filipinx nurses make up just 4.5% of the nursing workforce nationwide.  
• According to the Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL)’s Report (04/15/2021), 49% of all Asian COVID-19 deaths in Minnesota were from the Hmong community alone, disproportionately higher compared to the mortality rates among white Minnesotans. Hmong, Karen, and Karenni COVID-19 death markedly ranked the highest in the City of St. Paul, MN.

• According to Asian Media Access’ Weekly COVID-19 Report (04/22/2021), in MN we only have 1,799 Pacific Islanders, but already having 623 members (35%) infected by COVID-19, and it is 2.4 times easier in contracting the virus, and 6.8 times more likely to be hospitalized than white Minnesotans.

• According to the Vietnamese Culture and Science Association in Houston, the coronavirus has ravaged much of the low-income Vietnamese community in Houston, as large families live together in smaller areas, and when one person contracts the virus, the entire household is affected.
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AAPI communities have high vaccine hesitancy due to many reasons, such as lack of information or misinformation, or the cultural way of thinking that natural infection is preferable to vaccination.  In general, Asian American’s physical size is more petite compared to the Western physiques, many are afraid that the vaccine doses may be too strong for Asian’s physical constitution (tizhi 体质).  Also due to Asian belief, that “Sickness is a Natural Part of Life,” injecting chemical to induce immune system is unnatural.  Such cultural philosophy is acceptable when infection disease is not severe, therefore many Asian seniors practice that natural infection is preferable than vaccination.  But with the devastating infection rate in our AAPI communities, such SEVERITY should be taken into consideration when making a decision to get vaccinated. 

Also according to the Islamic Center of America, Asian Muslim can get vaccinated during RAMADAN, since vaccines do not invalidate fasting, and vaccine formulas don’t contain food substances or vitamin issues.  Often our AAPI communities do not realize that in order to achieve herd immunity to combat COVID-19, we need 74% of the population to be vaccinated.  So in order for our communities to take this big step to get vaccinated, we need to start at the beginner’s level – explain what vaccine is, how it works, and why it's so important to get vaccinated during the COVID-19 crisis.  We need every Asian media outlet and every community-based agency to present as a unified-front, so no matter where or when AAPI members turn for help - the access point for vaccination would be consistent and accessible and such information can be trusted.  

Therefore, AMA has planned for an outdoor AAPI community-wide event in May.  The intent for this event is for our communities need to get information directly from the trusted sources, and take proper actions to protect themselves and families.  

Please refer back to the eNewsletter Announcement for event details, and for more information, please contact

Youth Spotlight: Ruby Yang

The Cultural Brokers program comprised a diverse group of youth, each with a unique cultural background and passion for creativity. As a strong advocate for her Chinese-American community, Ruby Yang joined the Cultural Brokers Program in October 2020 to further bridge disconnection, instill inspiration, and create positive change in her community.

Throughout the Cultural Broker’s program, Ruby gained an enhanced outlook on her Chinese-American identity as well as learning greater ways to connect with people who are also living biculturally.

Ruby states, “Our cultural broker internship team was wonderfully diverse and I learned a lot about the different cultures of my teammates”. Not only was Ruby able to find the balance between her host and heritage culture, she was able to elevate her experience by taking inspiration from other peers and their cultures. 

In the Cultural Brokers Program, youth design and publish meaningful content such as postcards and animation videos. The youth were encouraged to use both English and their heritage languages. Ruby states, “In my day-to-day life, I don't really get to use Chinese much so it's really nice to be able to apply it in my designs. Although sometimes I would have to tweak the message so it would flow better and accommodate our culture”.  One of the challenges was that direct translation did not always have the same literal meaning. Common English phrases did not consistently translate naturally or appropriately and required Ruby to research the best phrasing. In doing this research, Ruby strengthened her connection and interaction with her heritage culture. She especially learned to embrace her two cultures rather than losing a part of her identity and conforming completely to her host culture.

Although she found benefits in her day to day, Ruby designing attention-grabbing content in two different languages also allows for a greater audience reach. Seeing a design in a language that people understand resonates with them better. Overall, it provides more interest, engagement, and connection. Ruby’s postcard designs would most influence the Chinese-American community, especially appealing to the younger demographic just like her. It is important that communities see information that promotes good healthy habits. “From the start of the program, Ruby has had very strong designs...The one piece that stood out the most out of the rest would be her mental health postcard. The postcard also won first place for best postcard created out of 500+ postcards” - Linh Nguyen, Asian Media Access. Being a part of the AMA Cultural Broker's program has motivated Ruby to create meaningful content for her community, more than just for herself. 

During and outside of her academic studies, Ruby enjoys learning about Health equity, including cultural distinctions and perspective. Ruby states, “Health is a fundamental human right and it's very unfortunate things like different socioeconomic backgrounds will result in differences in the level of care”. In the next few years, Ruby will complete her bachelor's degree in Biology of Global Health, attend medical school, and plans to address the gap in health equity. She is looking forward to gaining more interpersonal and technical skills that can be applied towards helping her community.  Ruby believes that it is important to address the lack of diversity, inclusion, and representation for all backgrounds as it may lead to alienation from peers.

Community News

Suicide Prevention Learning Collaborative Forming

DATE/TIME: April 20, 2021-May 25th, 2021, 9:00–10:00am Central
PLACE: Online Zoom, Complete Interest Form by April 6

April 20: Orientation; Identifying & Engaging Stakeholders
April 27: Assessing Readiness for Change: School Climate & Culture
May 4: Strategic Planning & Cultural Implications in Suicide Prevention
May 11: Implementing Suicide Prevention Programs in Schools
May 18: Law, Liability, & Lessons Learned
May 25: Plan Presentations & Group Feedback

The six-session learning collaborative will help participating schools and districts develop a data-driven, evidence-based, and culturally relevant suicide prevention plan. The learning collaborative offers technical support and coaching, strategic planning, and collaborative peer learning experiences with the expected outcome of schools/districts creating and implementing a comprehensive suicide prevention plan. 

Learning Objectives
  • Identify stakeholders and engage administrators, staff, and community partners
  • Assess and review current school policies, programs, and culture
  • Understand the essential components of a school-based suicide prevention strategy   
  • Identify prevention strategies that are responsive to the needs and cultures of students in their school
  • Develop a school-based suicide prevention implementation plan

COMPAS Asian American Artists series

DATE/TIME: Saturdays, May 1, 8, 15, 2021, 10:00am-11:00am
PLACE: Online Zoom, 3 part series

Enjoy this three-part multicultural series highlighting music and dance from different regions of India and Indonesia. Geared for children 5 and older with their families. Registration required. A Minnesota Legacy program series

Saturday, May 1: Carnatic Music Register now.
Listen to Nirmala sing and perform classical Carnatic music, the classical music of South India. Nirmala demonstrates and performs on the Saraswathi veena, a seven-stringed lute from South India. Learn about India's musical history and concepts such as raga (melody) and tala (rhythm). Presented by COMPAS teaching artist Nirmala Rajasekar.

Saturday, May 8: Gamelan Music of Java Register now.
Discover the beauty of the gamelan while being introduced to the fascinating world of traditional Indonesian music. The orchestra includes tuned bronze gongs and metallophones — a perfect way to access non-western musical traditions. Presented by COMPAS teaching artist group Sumunar.

Saturday, May 15: Katha Dance Theater Register now.
Learn about Indian culture through dance and experience how storytellers in ancient India performed mythological stories using rhythmic footwork, expressive movements, swift turns and elegant stances. Presented by COMPAS teaching artist group Katha Dance Theater. Geared for youth ages 5 and older with their families.


DATE/TIME: Thursday, May 20, 2021, 4:00PM CT
PLACE:  Online Zoom, Register Here

DATE/TIME: Monday, May 24, 2021,  3:00PM CT
PLACE: Online Zoom, Register Here

The one-hour, interactive training will teach you Hollaback!’s 5D’s of bystander intervention methodology. We’ll start by talking about the types of disrespect that Asian and Asian American folks are facing right now — from microaggressions to violence — using a tool we call the “spectrum of disrespect.” You’ll learn what to look for and the positive impact that bystander intervention has on individuals and communities. We’ll talk through five strategies for intervention: distract, delegate, document, delay, and direct; and how to prioritize your own safety while intervening. We’ll have time at the end for practice, and you’ll leave feeling more confident intervening the next time you see Anti-Asian/American harassment online or in person. Event Website:

Staying Connected With Students and Youth During COVID-19: Four-part series

Part 4: Cultivating Belonging in the Era of COVID-19
DATE/TIME: Monday, May 3, 2021, 2:00–3:00pm Central
PLACE:  Online, Register

Our ability to stay connected and generate a sense of “home” and safety is critical during the pandemic, as well as beyond. Feeling connected is a key factor that impacts our well-being, productivity, engagement, and our ability to reduce internal stress. We may have to shelter-in-place and practice distancing, but there are still ways we can connect and practice inclusion

In the wake of COVID-19 school closures, educators, parents, and students across the globe are coping with a new reality. In this four-part webinar series we will explore research on belonging and connectedness, they key tenants of virtual communication for educators, and effective strategies for building virtual connectedness.

Food Reimagined: Driving Innovation in the Restaurant Industry

DATE/TIME: Monday, May 3, 2021, 3:00pm Central
PLACE:  Online,

Small businesses have been negatively impacted by COVID-19... especially AAPI restaurants. As a part of the 2021 AAPI Heritage Month, CAPAW is joining forces with  National ACE and  OCA Chicago to have a dialogue around "Food Reimagined: Driving Innovation in the Restaurant Industry," a discussion on ways to innovate and insulate your business.
The panelists include:

Ms.  Geri Guidote Hernandez, CEO  Savory Crust
Ms.  Erika Polmar, Executive Director & Co-Founder, Independent Restaurant Coalition
Ms.  Mary Aregoni, CEO & Founder of  Saigon Sisters & Bang Shop
Ms.  Jan-Ie Low President, Golden Catalyst
Ms.  Sue Ann Hong, President & CEO CAPAW, Moderator

Community Engagement Sessions for Workforce Development Training Organizations

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, May 4, 11, 18, 25, 2021, 10:00am-11:00am
The mission of DEED is to grow Minnesota's economy for everyone. One of the most important ways we pursue that mission is through partnerships. Minnesota is home to many nonprofit and civic organizations who are building innovative solutions to help Minnesotans from all backgrounds find meaningful employment across the state. DEED offers the opportunity to apply for competitive grants for these organizations to partner with us in providing workforce development training and services.  

We need to ensure that organizations across the state are aware of these competitive grant opportunities so that we serve more Minnesotans who need our help most. With this in mind, DEED is convening several virtual Community Engagement Sessions to ensure we are raising awareness about workforce development grant opportunities for community organizations throughout the state. Details and registration information are below.

National ACE #AAPIStrong Business Summit 

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, May 4, 2021, 1:00pm-3:00pm CST/ 2:00pm-4:00pm EDT
PLACE: Online, Register 
The National Asian/Pacific Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship (National ACE) is proud to convene its annual #AAPIStrong Heritage Month Business Summit, bringing together allies, friends, and business leaders from throughout the nation.  Please join us as we celebrate the resiliency of the Asian American and Pacific Islander business community! Hear exclusively from prominent federal officials including The Honorable Gina Raimondo, U.S. Secretary of Commerce; The Honorable Isabella Casillas Guzman, Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration; and Erika L. Moritsugu, Deputy Assistant to the President and Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Senior Liaison.

National ACE will convene two panels. The first panel will place a spotlight on the value of "partnerships" with several national diverse chambers of commerce. The second panel will showcase four leading AAPI entrepreneurs, activists, and social influencers who will share their tips on elevating businesses post-COVID-19.

#MinneAsianStories 2021: Beyond the Myths & MonolithPhoto collage of Asian Minnesotans against brightly colored backdrops with the CAAL and #MinneAsianStories logo at the top and purple text reading ''#MinneAsianStories 2021: Beyond the Myths & Monolith.''

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, May 4, 2021, 6:00pm-7:00pm
PLACE: Register Here
Join us for the launch of our fourth annual #MinneAsianStories storytelling campaign and hear from the rich and diverse voices that make up our Asian Minnesotan community.

The Syndemic of COVID, Racism and Mental Health: Implications for Smoking among Asian Americans

Photo collage of Asian Minnesotans against brightly colored backdrops with the CAAL and #MinneAsianStories logo at the top and purple text reading ''#MinneAsianStories 2021: Beyond the Myths & Monolith.''
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, May 5, 2021, 10:00am PT/12:00pm CST/ 1:00pm ET

Dr. Anne Saw PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology at DePaul University  
Dr. Janice Tsoh PhD, Professor in Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at UCSF  

COVID-19 Vaccinations (Minnesota)

1) SEWA - MODERNA, A mobile vaccination bus is coming to the Hindu Temple of MN! This is for your first dose of the Moderna vaccine.
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, May 5, 2021, 1:00-7:00pm 
PLACE: Hindu Temple of Maple Grove 10530 Troy LN N, Maple Grove 55311

A mobile vaccine clinic is coming to your community! Get on board to get your COVID-19 vaccine, one of the most important steps you can take to protect yourself and your community. SEWA-AIFW is excited to offer an opportunity to get vaccinated right in Maple Grove Hindu Temple.

COVID-19 vaccines will be offered on a bus that has been made into a mobile vaccine clinic. The special bus has all the same equipment and cleanliness as a regular vaccination site. The mobile vaccine clinic is a safe space for everyone that comes right to a spot near you. SEWA-AIFW staff and volunteers will be at the event and can answer any questions before and during the bus visit.

Everyone that arrives for an appointment will be able to get the vaccine. To meet the needs of all people, please note that some vaccines may be administered outside of the bus. All staff are trained and able to do this.

The vaccine is completely free. You will not be asked for ID or insurance.

2) New Millennium Academy -MODERNA
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, May 5, 2021, 1:00-7:00pm 
PLACE: 5105 Brooklyn Blvd Brooklyn Center, MN 55429
REGISTER:  Available in English & Hmong

It is a first come first serve, the link will be taken down once we reach max capacity. The vaccination is open to the community anyone 18 years of age or older may receive the vaccine. It will be the moderna vaccine and the second dose will be given at our same location-more information about the second dose will be given at the event. 

3) SEWA -PZIFER (16+)
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 12:00pm-7:00pm 
PLACE: Hindu Temple of Maple Grove 10530 Troy LN N, Maple Grove 55311

We have free masks and sanitizers to distribute. Walk ins welcome. 

4) SEWA - MODERNA (18+)
DATE/TIME: Saturday, May 29, 2021, 1:00-7:00pm 
PLACE: Hindu Temple of Maple Grove 10530 Troy LN N, Maple Grove 55311

We have free masks and sanitizers to distribute. Walk ins welcome.

The Color of Drinking: How Alcohol Culture Affects College Students of Color

DATE/TIME: Thursday, May 6, 2021, 1:00pm-2:00pm

Alcohol prevention efforts often focus on reducing high-risk drinking among high-risk drinking population. For years, this was true at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. After surveying students and finding that students of color are some of the lowest-risk drinkers, University staff wanted to investigate the impact alcohol culture has on students of color. To that end, they created the Color of Drinking survey, and used it along with an analysis of social media to gain better perspective on this question.

Knowing this, UW–Madison decided to investigate the impact of its alcohol culture on students of color through the Color of Drinking Survey in 2015 and 2017. Findings from both surveys will be discussed in this session.

This webinar will examine the intersection of alcohol prevention and social justice and strategies implemented with UW–Madison campus partners to create a more inclusive environment and present key findings from this exploratory study.

Virtual Author Talk with Paula Yoo: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement

DATE/TIME: Thursday, May 6, 2021, 7:00pm-8:00pm
PLACE: Online Zoom
Hear Author Paula Yoo discuss her forthcoming book, From A Whisper to A Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement. Learn about a pivotal moment in civil rights history when Vincent Chin, a Chinese American, was killed in 1982 as a result of an anti-Asian race-based hate crime and how he became a symbol against hatred and racism, creating a movement that paved the way for the first federal civil rights trial for an Asian American. Registration required. Geared for adults and teens ages 12 and older. A Minnesota Legacy program.

AAPI Heritage Month Panel Discussion: Past and Present Addressing Racism and Intolerance Against Asian Americans 

DATE/TIME:  Saturday, May 8, 2021, 2:00pm-3:30 pm ET / 11:00 am - 12:30 pm PT/ 1:00pm-2:30pm
PLACE: Online

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH), the National Park Service (NPS), and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) will host a virtual panel discussion on

This panel discussion will highlight current federal efforts addressing racism and health inequities, including the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force and the Presidential Memorandum Condemning and Combating Racism, Xenophobia, and Intolerance Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S. OMH looks forward to facilitating a rich discussion, featuring contemporary Asian Americans who are leading grass-roots efforts to protect and empower diverse AAPI communities nationwide. 

Event Website:

Chinese American Academic & Professional Association in MN  (CAAPAM) hosts a Zoom Forum

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DATE/TIME:  Sunday, May 9, 2021, 時間,  7:30pm - 8:30pm CST
PLACE: Online Zoom,

Life in a Japanese American Incarceration Camp

DATE/TIME:  Monday, May 10, 2021, 7:00pm-8:00pm 
PLACE: Online Zoom,

Join historian and librarian Sarah Okner to learn about the internment of more than 120,000 Japanese American adults and children during World War II. A descendant of internees herself, Okner's presentation will share photos and details of daily life in the internment camps and talk about the profound effects of living there. Geared for adults and teens ages 12 and older. Registration required. A Minnesota Legacy program.

What's in a Word? Transforming Culture and Reducing Stigma Through Language Change

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 from 1-2 pm
PLACE: Online Zoom. Register,

Addiction Psychiatrist, Alëna A. Balasanova, M.D., will present a one hour webinar where you will learn about the importance of stigma reduction and the power of the language. 

Reducing stigma for persons living with addiction and substance use disorders is critical for equitable prevention efforts. Prevention professionals can create a climate of care for individuals and families who have been impacted by SUDs by examining the language we use. 

Virtual Author Talk with An Na: Writing About Mental Illness and the Asian American Experience

DATE/TIME:  Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 7:00pm-8:00pm 
PLACE: Online Zoom,

Meet author An Na, National Book Award Finalist and winner of the American Library Association's Michael L. Printz Award. Learn how her lived experience inspired her to write novels that address mental illness in the Asian American community. Geared for adults and teens ages 14 and older. Registration required. A Minnesota Legacy program.

Free Virtual Book Launch - “Facing the Mountain” by Daniel James Brown

DATE/TIME: Sunday, May 11, 2021, 7:00pm-8:00pm

Written by NY Times best-selling author of The Boys in the Boat, this new book by Daniel James Brown unveils little-known stories of heroism in another masterfully woven and moving historical account told with raw truth and compassion in the face of seemingly unsurmountable challenges.

Facing the Mountain is a chronicle of wartime America in the backdrop of the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. Using oral histories, interviews and extensive archival research, author Daniel James Brown details the kaleidoscopic journey of four Japanese American families.

While some of the sons volunteered to fight on battlefields in Europe with the segregated all-Japanese American 442nd Regimental Combat Team, other young men fought to defend the constitutional rights of their community. Regardless of where their battles played out, these individuals exemplify American patriotism under extreme duress in their striving, resisting, standing on principle, and enduring.

Learn about creating a diverse and inclusive workforce through employment-based training

Pipeline event speakers
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 9:00am-12:00pm
PLACE: Online Webinar, Register Here 

Training event about creating a more diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce through employment-based training.
  • Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry Commissioner Roslyn Robertson will offer a welcome message to kick-off the event.
  • Tawanna Black, founder and CEO of the Center for Economic Inclusion, will deliver a keynote address about the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) for company culture, recruitment and retention, as well as common steps to avoid when doing DEI work. The Center for Economic Inclusion is the nation's first organization exclusively dedicated to advancing economic inclusion across all sectors in a major metropolitan area.
  • Allison Liuzzi, research manager at Wilder Foundation, will present data about workforce and education trends.
  • Malissa Adams, COO of Stanton-Adams, LLC, and a DEI expert with over 25 years experience, will share how to assess and improve your company's DEI efforts.
  • Jonathan Stuart, Fulbright scholar and business consultant with over 20 years experience, and his partner, will share how to create successful on-the-job-training efforts that can also enhance your organization's DEI efforts.
The Minnesota Dual-Training Pipeline staff is committed to advancing the work of diversity, equity and inclusion and looks forward to hosting this half-day event.

 Reimagining Civics and History Education in America

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 1:00pm CST/ 2:00pm EST
PLACE:Online Zoom, Register
America needs a national resurgence of civics & history education. Join Educating for American Democracy to learn how we can make it happen.

Intergenerational Trauma of Japanese Americans

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 8:00pm
PLACE:Online Zoom, RSVP to by May 11 for the link

The Role of Preventionists in Accelerating Health Equity and Communities of Wellbeing

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, May 13, 2021, 1:00pm-2:30pm
This session presents the Adverse Community Experiences and Resilience framework as a lens to understand community-level trauma, with a focus on its application in preventing and addressing substance misuse and mental health crisis.

The session will outline skills needed for a prevention workforce prepared to accelerate equity, justice, and community-trauma-informed approaches within vulnerable communities.
Learning Objectives 
  • Share the Adverse Community Experiences and Resilience (ACE|R) framework to identify how community-level trauma contributes to high rates of substance misuse and mental health crisis.
  • Highlight the skills and role for prevenists in applying health equity principles in their work across multiple systems, and discuss aspects of community change for mental health and well-being.
  • Identify why an equity and justice orientation is essential to upstream prevention approaches.

Songkran Festival Presented by Thai Cultural Council of MN At Wat Promwachirayan

DATE/TIME: Saturday, May 15, 2021, 10:00am-6:00pm
PLACE: Wat Promwachirayan, 2544 Highway 100 S, St. Louis Park, MN 55416
● 10:00 AM Morning Chanting
● 11:00 AM Alm Offering to monks
● 12:00 PM Songkran Parade
● 1:00 PM Lion Dance
● 2:00 PM Songkran Fashion Show
● 3:00 PM Live Music
● 6:00 PM Program Ends Activities

Thai street food, beverages, and desserts, Thai souvenir vendors, Wat Thai booth with water blessing, Photo booth

Remembering The Memories of Those Left Us: Yang Long, Marny and others

DATE/TIME: Saturday, May 15, 2021, 8:00pm-11:00pm
PLACE:  Hmong Village Shopping Center parking lot, 1001 Johnson Parkway, Saint Paul, MN 55106

Celebrate Hmoob Day2021 (May 14) with  a short program in remembering Marny Xiong, Yang Long and other community members who have left us up to now from, speeches, Hmoob inspired games and then DRIVE-IN style showing of Muas Lis' "Paj Nyiag Txoj Hmoo: Panhia's Fate," a story about the struggle of our khaub ntxhais Hmoob.


Asian American Adoptees in Children's Literature

DATE/TIME:  Sunday, May 16, 2021, 5:00pm-6:30pm 
PLACE: Online Zoom,

Join award-winning poet, educator, and Korean adoptee Sun-Yung Shin along with library science professor and adoption scholar Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen as they discuss transracial Korean adoption in Minnesota and the politics of representation in youth literature. Registration required. Geared for adults and teens ages 12 and older. A Minnesota Legacy program.

Learning from Disruption, Healing Forward

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, May 18th, 2021, 3:00pm-4:30pm
PLACE: Register
Learning from Disruption, Healing Forward
We’re excited to partner with Education Evolving to host the fifth regional education convening dedicated to honoring who students are, how they learn and where they want to go. This year’s theme of Learning from Disruption, Healing Forward recognizes the challenges of the past year and stresses that the path toward an equitable student-centered future must be one of healing.

The convening begins with an opening keynote on May 18, followed by breakout sessions May 19-26. The event closes with a keynote plenary on May 27, 4:00pm-4:45pm

#MinneAsianStories: Voices & Stories from Minnesota's Asian American Community

DATE/TIME:  Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 7:00pm–8:00pm
PLACE: Online Zoom,

Join the Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL) for an evening of storytelling and reflections as part of CAAL's #MinneAsianStories storytelling campaign, aimed at uplifting rich and diverse stories from Minnesota's Asian American community and honoring the legacy of storytelling and oral traditions. Registration required. Geared for adults and youth ages 12 and older. A Minnesota Legacy program.

Youth Virtual Author Talk with V.T. Bidania: Representation Matters

DATE/TIME:  Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 10:00–11:00am
PLACE: Online, Zoom,

Join children's book author V.T. Bidania as she reads excerpts and shares inspiration behind her chapter book series Astrid and Apollo, featuring Hmong American twins as the lead characters. Geared for youth ages 5 and older with their families. Registration required. A Minnesota Legacy program

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: 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: 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: Wells Fargo careers and internships.
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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Virtual Author Talk with Kao Kalia Yang: Somewhere in the Unknown World

DATE/TIME:  Thursday, May 20, 2021, 7:00–8:00pm
PLACE: Online, Zoom,

Join award-winning writer Kao Kalia Yang in a reading and discussion of her newest memoir, Somewhere in the Unknown World — a book of 14 different refugee stories. A Minnesota Book Award finalist, Yang's memoir explores ideas of belonging, notions of home, what it means to be a refugee and possibilities in America. Geared for adults and teens ages 12 and older. Registration required. A Minnesota Legacy program.

Camp Noah: Building Resilience in Youth after Trauma

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, May 25, 2021, 10:00am-12:00pm 
PLACE: Register Here

Disaster chCamp Noahanges lives — especially for children. A child’s brain is uniquely sensitive to the disruptive forces of stress and trauma, and they often need support to process what has happened. Camp Noah a proven resiliency and preparedness building curriculum that enables children to reclaim themselves as unique and valued after a disaster. Camp Noah has a trained team of certified staff who meet children where they are, physically and emotionally, to help children tell their story, name their feelings, and see themselves as survivors. Each Camp is customized to the cultural needs of the local community and offers children a safe, fun way to face their fears, grieve their losses and plan for an amazing future. Communities across Minnesota have benefitted from Camp Noah. Join us to learn more about Camp Noah, and recent adaptations to ensure the curriculum reflects that language and culture of the children served, and changes to address COVID-19 needs.

BLCK STYLE Pop-up Exhibit 

DATE/TIME: Friday, May 28, 2021, 1:00pm-5:00pm and Saturday, May 29, 2021, 10:00am-4:00pm 
PLACE: Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery, 1256 North Penn Avenue in Minneapolis

Black Fashion Week MN and the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery (MAAHMG) are collaborating to present a pop-up exhibit and fashion show during Black Fashion Week MN.

The exhibit will showcase clothing from local emerging designers.  The exhibit is curated by Tina Burnside, Co-founder, and curator at MAAHMG; Natalie Morrow, CEO and founder at Black Fashion Week MN; and Hannah Novillo Erickson, 3D Objects.  Associate Curator at the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS).

America Talks: Conversations to Shift from Division to Understanding

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 1:00pm-2:00pm/ 2:00pm-3:00pm ET
PLACE:  Online Zoom, Register

Communication across difference is critical to move democracy forward. Join us June 16 as part of the National Week of Conversation 2021.

Building Community Capacity One Cup of Coffee at a Time

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, June 29, 2021, 10:00am-12:00pm 
PLACE: Register Here

As part of More Resilient Minnesota initiative, some communities have used the 100 Cups of Coffee process to elevate the voices of community members who are not always “at the table”.  The process involves one-on-one conversations with community members to learn about their perceptions of, and experiences with, both community assets and challenges.  This is a way to gathering community input to drive community resilience planning. 100 Cups of Coffee supports partnerships with a range of community members, as well as creating opportunities for leadership development. Beltrami and Robbinsdale are two communities that have successfully utilized this process.  This is a valuable and practical tool for building community capacity in the journey towards community well-being. Join us for an overview of the More Resilient Minnesota initiative, an MN Department of Human Services funded initiative and to learn how you can implement or adapt this tool in your community.

Gen-K: K-Pop Talent Showcase

DATE/TIME:  Wednesday, 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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