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 

1. Join Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities to thank our COVID-19 Frontline Heroes on Sept. 11th, 2021 at our Frontline Heroes Appreciation Night

 Saturday, September 11, 2021, 4:00pm-9:00pm
PLACE: St. Paul Union Depot at 214, 4th Street East, Saint Paul, MN 55101 

Frontline Heroes’ Appreciation Night is hosted by a group of Asian Pacific Minnesotans, with the donations going to the Frontline Families Fund that helps the families of healthcare workers who have lost their lives to COVID-19.
•    Cultural Festival, Silent Auction, and Cash Bar from 4:00 – 8:00pm
•    Sit-down Dinner from 6:30 – 7:30pm
•    Appreciation Award Program and Performance start at 7:30pm-9:00pm

Standard COVID-19 precautions, please wear a mask and maintain social distance.
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2. SPNN Studio Training

DATE/TIME: Sunday, September 12, 2021, 1:00pm-5:00pm    
PLACE: Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) 550 Vandalia St #170, St Paul, MN 55114

Asian Media Access will host a Studio Training for BIPOC youth.

IN-person SPNN Studio Production

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3. Hmong Shaman and Herb Center (HSHC) Open House, FREE COVID-19 Vaccinations

DATE/TIME: Sunday, September 12, 2021, 2:00pm-9:00pm
PLACE: Hmong Shaman and Herb Center, 1324 Payne Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55130
Register Here for Vaccination

Free COVID-19 Vaccinations, Testing Kits, Food Giveaway (Honey, noodles, canned fruits), and Household essentials (first come, first served)

Standard COVID-19 precautions, please wear a mask and maintain social distance.

4. AMA seeks Cultural Brokers to support our state-wide Vaccination Effort

DATE/TIME: Starts Mid October and lasts for 10 weeks 
PLACE: Online Zoom

Asian Media Access looks for 12-16 Cultural Brokers who are proficient in Cantonese, D/Lakota, English, Khmer, Hindi, Hmong, Laos, Mandarin, Oromo, Russian, Somali, Thai, Spanish, and Vietnamese, and other heritage languages to be trained in Graphic Design and Animation Productions, to be able to create more educational materials to encourage BIPOC members to get vaccinated.

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5. Vaccination pop-up event at the Lyft Open House

DATE/TIME: Sunday, September 19, 2021, 1:00pm-5:00pm
PLACE: Lyft Hub, 7570 Wayzata Blvd Golden Valley, MN 55426
Register Here for Vaccination

Come and enjoy food, performances, sign up as a Lyft driver, and get your COVID-19 Vaccinations

Please wear a mask and maintain social distance.


Program Updates

Envisioning a Successful Appreciation Night at Sept. 11

The upcoming Sept. 11 Frontline Heroes' Appreciation Night (see above announcements) at the Union Depot to be held by a group of Asian Pacific Minnesotans along with other organizations and agencies has garnered wide support, with two key sponsors being the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) and Fischer Media.

MN Nurses Association has sent out invite to 100+ nurses to join the event, they also donated $10,000 to support this good cause. MNA President Mary Turner will come and share her ICU nurse experience in caring of COVID-19 patients. Mary has been selected to serve on the national Biden-Harris COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force. She is the only Registered Nurse to serve on this advisory board to advise the White House on how to ensure all Americans have access to COVID-19 resources. To show our appreciation, the Planning Committee has decided to give categorized award to recognize all nurses at different levels:
Photo Courtesy: Hmong Artist Ka Vang will design the Award Plaque
1. Hospital Personnel, Doctors, Nurses and ICU/ER/Floor Nurses who selflessly cared for COVID patients.

2.Transitional Care Units, and Nursing Home Nurses, Nurses Aides, Food Service, Housekeeping that support the medical cares.

3. Home Care Nurses and CNAs.

4. Public Health Nurses and CNAs.

5. Nurse Practitioners staffing at hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes, and associated personnel.

6. Nurses and other medical personnel who died from COVID.
Lucky is a DJ featured in “Covid Confessions.” Photo courtesy Fischr Media
In addition to MNA's support, Fischer Media is also lending its acclaimed documentary series, ‘Covid Confessions’ to be shown at the event night. Director Alec Fischer tells everyday workers’ personal pandemic stories through their challenges and struggles. Interviewing 75 Minnesotans, many of whom are frontline workers. Director Fischer creates a space for the viewers that mirrors the intimacy of a confessional.  

Domenica, an emergency room nurse, is featured in "Covid Confessions." Fischr Media photo
In one interview, Fischer mentioned few drag performers
would often work in the restaurants too, for supplemental income. With the pandemic, however, neither of those options are as viable.  “It’s like the ripple effects throughout every industry are connected and I wanted to, through the episodes, maybe help people see that,” Fischer said.

He will be featured in our event, along with those astounding testimonies.  

Check out our event at  Please join us to say - THANK YOU to these heroes, we come this far, all because of them!


AMA August 2021 Vaccination Events 


Since the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Asian Media Access has continuously shown support for the community as many faced increased risks and challenges. AMA has provided many resources such as COVID-19 testing, relief funds, virtual mental health sessions, and giveaways of everyday household essentials. 

Most recently, AMA hosted several in-person events for Free COVID-19 vaccinations. Although Asian Americans have a high percentage of complete vaccinations in the Minnesota community, there are still a number of sub-Asian American groups that need the accessibility to these resources. AMA partnered with many organizations such as CAPI, Community Center Health Center, Hennepin County, the Minnesota Department of Health, and the Food Group to successfully provide vaccinations across the community.

Even though there have been more opportunities to receive the COVID-19 doses, particular communities have continuously faced challenges. It is imperative to engage with the Hmong, Karen, and Karenni populations to prevent potential disparities in accessibility to these resources. Ensuring that all individuals have access to the COVID-19 vaccine will achieve a higher vaccination rate across communities, which will be necessary to mitigate the disproportionate impacts of the pandemic for underserved populations. AMA has expanded the availability of free testing and vaccination for COVID-19 by connecting with key influencers in the Hmong, Karen, and Karenni communities. The news spread fast within each of their own communities and networks.

On July 31, AMA participated at the Hmong Community day in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. Two hundred and sixty-seven people attended this event in total. Of those who attended, twenty-seven were vaccinated that day with the Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Most of the families who participated in this event identified as Hmong. 

Following the Hmong Community Day, AMA hosted a weekend of vaccinations on August 21 and August 22, 2021, in Brooklyn Center and Saint Paul. Since the vaccination events were held on a weekend, parents and family members were able to attend without concerns of missing work. Those who work during business hours are unable to visit clinics or vaccination sites that operate during business hours Monday through Friday. In addition, families do not have to worry about costs, insurance, transportation, or language barriers. AMA provided many resources to minimize the obstacles that may impact individuals. In addition to free vaccinations, interpreters and Lyft rides were available upon request.

On August 21, 50 people attended the event, and eighteen received their first COVID-19 vaccine dose. Most of the individuals vaccinated identified as Karenni and/or as seniors.

On August 22, 289 people participated at the Hmong Shaman Open house, and eighteen people were vaccinated. 

During these three events, AMA helped those sign up for Hennepin County’s vaccination incentive. Those who received their first dose from July 30-August 22, 2021 were given $100. In addition, AMA also provided an extra $25 incentive, masks, hand sanitizer, canned and non-perishables, fresh groceries, 25 lb rice bag, and COVID-19 testing kits. 

Some COVID-19 variants spread faster, including the delta variant. The vaccination is highly effective in reducing severe infection and preventing hospitalization. Please consider the COVID-19 vaccination if you have not been vaccinated, and please continue to practice standard precautions, especially as we enter Fall and the cooler weather that come with the seasonal flu. AMA will continue to host COVID-19 vaccinations events, protect yourself, family, friends, and community. 

Youth Spotlight

Jed Liang joined the Asian Media Access Multimedia Program in 2021. The program consists of hands-on experience in video production. Youth expand their skill sets in various avenues such as animation, writing, graphic design, and social media management. 

This program also incorporates teachings about pressing issues such as COVID-19 vaccinations, Mental Health, and Problem Gambling. Knowing that these topics are intricate and cumbersome, Liang focused on creating informative and straightforward content that is easy to understand and digest. Relatable content was especially imperative for Liang’s targeted younger audience. Liang found creative ways to personalize the information to capture the proper audience attention.

A critical part of this program was developing technical and creative skills through video production and postcards. Youth were encouraged to come up with persuasive messages and preventative measures for their audience. During this program, Liang discovered the benefits of using different languages in the messages. Liang says, “I love mixing languages in my designs because it adds a level of uniqueness and variability to your work. Even though it's much more difficult, the appreciation you feel towards your end product is certainly enhanced”. The topics focused in the Multimedia program are essential issues that need to reach multiple communities, but not everyone can understand the content if it is just offered in English. By utilizing more than one language, Liang is able to reach a more comprehensive audience range while also creating unique designs. This approach benefits communities with a bicultural-driven approach: being able to embrace diversity within the community.

Not only was this program an opportunity to develop technical skills, it was also a chance to work with others of similar backgrounds. Liang Says, “I've learned a ton from my teammates. Looking at the work they've produced gives me tremendous insight for the various perspectives that exist on the many important issues we continue to face throughout society. They've challenged me to expand my viewpoints, and have helped me develop more unbiased responses”. It is extremely important to connect and interact with people who share similar lived experiences; this provides further empathy, compassion, awareness, and understanding, especially for the community. 

Throughout this experience, youth have a place to enhance their communication skills, time management, teamwork, problem-solving, critical thinking, and explore their career interests. In the future, Liang is interested in studying environmental engineering and continues to refine his video production skills he has gained during his free time.

Community News

Camden Farmers Market

DATE/TIME: Saturdays, 10:00am-2:00pm
PLACE:  4150 N Dupont Ave, Minneapolis, MN

This year, theNEWmpls is partnering with Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church to host our 12-week season in their parking lot. Rain or Shine.

Apply Now for a Small Business Grant: AAPISTRONG Proudly Unstoppable Fund


National ACE is committed to elevating and celebrating AAPI-owned small businesses. COVID-19 has impacted small businesses across the U.S. & the minority small business community has been especially hard hit. National ACE is proud to partner with UPS to invest in keeping AAPI-owned small businesses moving forward by offering $5,000 grants.

Webinars for Campus Communities Responding to Hate Crimes

DATE/TIME:  Wednesday, September 1, 2021, 3:00pm EDT
PLACE: Online, Register Here
TOPIC: DOJ Hate Crimes Prevention and Response Resources for Campuses Webinar (for campus law enforcement)

DATE/TIME:  Friday, September 17, 2021, 3:00pm EDT
PLACE: Online, Register Here
TOPIC: DOJ Hate Crimes Prevention and Response Resources for Campuses Webinar (for administrators and educational organizations)

As students return to campus this fall amid a rise in bias incidents and hate crimes targeting Asian Americans and a year of heightened racial tensions, hate crimes are likely a concern for administrators, students, and campus law enforcement.

To help campus leaders address these concerns, the U.S. Department of Justice will be hosting two webinars on strategies for addressing and preventing hate crimes in campus communities.

These webinars will provide an overview of services available and conversations with administrators, law enforcement, and students about how these services benefited their campus communities.

For more information or to register, visit

COVID-19 vaccine - Pfizer or Moderna

DATE/TIME: Saturday, September 4 (1st shot) and 25 (2nd shot,) 2021, 1:00pm-3:00pm
PLACE: 12600 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd, Apple Valley, MN 55124, Register,

Must be at least 12 years old; regardless of legal status in the United States, regardless of whether you have medical insurance.

K-Move Welcome Back Event

DATE/TIME:  Wednesday, September 8, 2021, 5:45pm-8:00pm
- Group description: K-Move is a non-audition, all-skilled welcomed K-pop cover dance group based in the Twin Cities.   

- Event description: K-Move is kicking off Fall 2021 with our Welcome Back event on Sep 8. Please come to get to know more about us!

Upcoming Webinar on Digital Skills in Refugee Integration

DATE/TIME:  Thursday, September 9, 2021, 1:00pm-2:00m CST
PLACE: Online, Register here

Switchboard is pleased to announce an upcoming webinar open to all refugee service providers, whether working at state agencies, resettlement agencies or affiliates, or other organizations.

Northpoint Community Food Shelf 

DATE/TIME: Fridays, September 10, 24, 2021, 9:30am
PLACE:  1835 Penn Ave N, Minneapolis MN 55411, parking lot at Plymouth & Oliver.
Don’t miss Free Fresh Food Fridays this summer! Tons of fresh fruits, vegetables, community resources, and more. Select Fridays now through September at the corner of Plymouth & Oliver. Rain or shine, 9:30 a.m. until supplies run out!
Monthly food supply - Several day supply of food once per calendar month
Non-food items -  Miscellaneous nonfood items with food request
Baby food/diapers - Several day supply of baby food and/or diapers, with a food request

For COVID-19 safety, you are encouraged to remain in your vehicle and masks are required.

For more info, call 612-767-9500 or visit

MN International Chinese School

DATE/TIME: Fridays, September 10, 24, 2021, 9:30am

EDINA SITE, South View Middle School 4725 South View Ln, Edina, MN 55424 

APPLE VALLEY SITE, South Suburban Evangelical Church (SSEFC) 12600 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd, Apple Valley, MN 55124

Hindu American Temple School

DATE/TIME:  Sunday, September 12, 2021
PLACE:  Online Zoom, Register

A new Hindu American Temple School (HATS) year resumes in Sept 2021! Classes will be virtually conducted between Sept-Dec 2021. HSMN will continue monitoring the COVID-19 situation as proceed in the safest way possible

Students from K-11 are invited to register.

Dharma classes include a unique, all- inclusive curriculum. Classes are catered to student's ages.

7 Indian languages: Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu (NEW!!), that include speaking, reading, writing

Plenty of volunteer opportunities, including primary & assistant teaching for adults (dharma & language) and volunteer hour credits for high school students (volunteer hour credits)

Questions?: contact 

Twin Cities Virtual Hiring Event

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, September 14, 2021, 10:00am-2:00pm
PLACE: Online, Register

Finding a job in Minnesota is not easy... Let us help you! Participate at the upcoming Twin Cities Hiring Event
Join us and start working. Over 50 companies will be hiring!

Phase II Site Dedication and Mid-Autumn Moon Festival Celebration

DATE/TIME: Sunday, September 14, 2021, 9:45am
PLACE: China Friendship Garden, 1640 Phalen Dr, Maplewood, MN 55109

Let’s Celebrate!  We invite you to join us on September 18 at 9:45am for a full day of celebrating the Phase II Site Dedication at the China Friendship Garden.  Bring your own picnic lunch, a chair/blanket for seating, and dress in cultural or festive attire.  
  • 9:45am Phase II Site Dedication
    • Hmong Plaza Dedication
    • Launch of Phase II Community Engagement Process
    • 9 Art Stone Unveiling Ceremony
    • Voices of the Garden Poetry Reading and Awards
  • 4:30 pm Mid-Autumn Moon Festival Celebration
    • Traditional Chinese Costumes Display
    • Mooncake Tasting
    • Songs and Music
    • Model Catwalk Demonstrations
    • Xiang Jiang Pavilion Photo Time

The Night Market

DATE/TIME: Saturday, September 18, 2021, 5:00-9:00pm
PLACE: Mayo Civic Center Riverfront Plaza & Rochester Art Center
Night Markets are a part of daily life and entertainment across Asia, and we're bringing it to Rochester!
Enjoy a night outdoors filled with food, boba tea, games, arts, handmade products, and fresh produce with a strong emphasis on Asian and BIPOC vendors

Event Website:

Virtual Course Offers Newcomer Health Training to Clinicians and Interpreters

DATE/TIME:  Tuesday, September 21 and 28, 2021 12:00pm-4:00pm
PLACE: Register Here
One in four U.S. children has at least one immigrant parent. And even before the COVID-19 pandemic placed additional strains on our health care system, one in three U.S. pediatricians reported feeling unprepared to care for children in immigrant families. As part of the Center of Excellence in Newcomer Health, they’re dedicated to developing tools to support health professionals--including physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, and professional medical interpreters--in their efforts to better serve immigrant and refugee families.  

Join them and partners for “Best Practices in Newcomer and Immigrant Health: A Virtual Short Course for Clinicians and Interpreters.”  

The Two Koreas - Free Global Conversations

DATE/TIME:  Wednesday, September 22  2021, 6:00pm
PLACE:  Register Here

The Korean Peninsula is facing a defining era.

Attempts by South Korean President Moon Jae-in and former U.S. President Donald Trump to repair the rift between North and South lost momentum as Pyongyang continued to test long-range missiles for its nuclear weapons program. And as the rift between the U.S. and China grows further, South Korea may end up in the middle of the two superpowers.

Join the next Global Conversations to hear from speaker Dr. Raymond Kuo, an independent political scientist and expert in international security and East Asia, as he discusses what the future holds for U.S.-Korea relations.

Pivoting to the Future: Opportunity, Complexity, and Working Together

DATE/TIME: Thursday, September 23, 2021, 9:00am-1:00pm
PLACE: Online

The Minnesota Department of Health invites you to a free, virtual professional development opportunity, in lieu of this year’s Community Health Conference.

During this event, we’ll learn together about tools we can use to pivot to face the changes ahead. Featured speakers Tuesday Ryan-Hart and Tim Merry of The Outside will help guide us, using their experience leading an organization that helps people problem-solve together, expand influence, and transcend the overwhelming.

In addition, we’ll learn how to care for and pace ourselves during this time of recovery, with the help of a professional specializing in mental and emotional health and well-being.

There is no cost to participate in this virtual event, and MDH will make CEUs available.
Event Page:

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: September 23, 2021, 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET 
PLACE: Online, Register here
TOPIC: Success strategies for managing student debt.
Learn new ways to manage student debt and real-world budgets.

DATE/TIME: October 21, 2021, 4:00-5:30 p.m. ET
PLACE: Online, Register here
TOPIC: Building responsible credit: Why your credit matters.
Gain tools and resources to take charge of your own finances and reach your financial goals with tips on building credit.

DATE/TIME: November 4, 2021, 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET
PLACE: Online, Register here
TOPIC:  Mentors and sponsors: Your personal board of directors.
Many believe that to be successful in your career you must build your own personal board of directors. Learn about mentorships and sponsorships, including how to leverage each successfully.

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Harvesting the Fruit of Our Ancestors

DATE/TIME: Saturday, September 25, 2021, 12:00pm-5:00pm
PLACE: The Celestial Garden: A Gathering Place for God’s Grace, 2210 Emerson Ave N

What: climate change conversations, seed + tree giveaway, information booths, vendor booths, youth activities, music, food

Health Clinic at Sikh Society of MN

DATE/TIME: Sunday, September 26, 2021, 11:00am-2:00pm
PLACE: Hindu Temple of Minnesota, 10530 Troy Ln N, Maple Grove, MN 55311

Join us at our resumed in-person health clinics! They are free, do not require preregistration, and open to all. Walk-ins only! No preregistration required. You will need to fill out a form upon arrival with your name, phone, ZIP code, and services you wish to receive.

Free, confidential consultations and referrals with a physician are available. Other services available are:
Blood pressure testing, Blood glucose testing BMI testing, Cholesterol testing (nominal charges apply), A1C testing (nominal charges apply)

A Look at the Future of Food: World Food Day Symposium

DATE/TIME: Friday, October 15, 2021
PLACE: Register Here

Register now to join our second annual World Food Day virtual symposium on Friday, October 15.

With a look toward the future, the day will explore how the world can build a more sustainable food system amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and global conflict, and will include presentations
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