December 3, 2020
Thu helps Hayle pick up a box of Asian pears at a grocery store in Eden Center in Falls Church, Va., on Oct. 12, 2019. From the multimedia project "Where We're Really From" by photographer Eric Lee. Read more here.

  • Welcome to AAJA HQ: Sofia Koyama and Alice Nguyen
  • AAJA Awards Celebration & Holiday Party
  • Upcoming Events & Resources
  • Member Updates
Welcome Sofia and Alice to the AAJA HQ Team!
Sofia Koyama
2020 AAJA Winter Fellow
Alice Nguyen
2020 AAJA Winter Intern
Sofia is a recent graduate of Boston University, where she studied journalism. While a student, she worked at BU’s student publication first as a photographer, later as the photo editor, and finally as a board member. She was also an editorial intern at Boston Magazine and Los Angeles Magazine, as well as a writer for online arts and culture blog Dulwich OnView while abroad in London. Her other interests are ever changing though often creative, ranging from graphic design to digital illustration. She hopes to return to newsrooms and, with the skills gained at AAJA, amplify diversity in journalism and local stories. She is drawn to innovative storytelling, such as interactive articles or visual-driven ones, and would love to serve in bridge roles interweaving such creative elements with reporting and data.
Alice is a junior studying English, Creative Writing, and Art History at Washington University in St. Louis. Fascinated with storytelling of all kinds, she currently writes about the arts and entertainment scene for WashU’s Student Life Newspaper and produces longform journalistic pieces, including an in-depth coverage of the demolition of immigrant businesses in University City, MO. Prior to working with AAJA, she wrote articles for The Borgen Project that address pressing global issues such as period poverty, child labor, maternal mortality, health inequities, among others. In addition to her journalistic pursuits, Alice writes short stories, flash fiction, and personal essays, and her memoir has been published in Issue 6 of K’in Literary Journal. Alice hopes to gain experience in the newsroom and, through her work at AAJA, empower AAPI voices and stories.
RSVP for the 2020 Awards & Holiday Party
We invite you to join us on Friday, December 11, 2020, to celebrate this year's awards recipients, reflect on 2020 with as much levity as possible, and toast to the new year-- which marks the 40th Anniversary of the founding of the Asian American Journalists Association.

We welcome you to submit images, achievements, #AAJAFamily moments, and notable coverage you've produced this year for consideration in a slideshow of the year by Tuesday, December 8, 2020 to
HQ Systems Update
We are transitioning to a new database. We’ll follow up with onboarding instructions to our new site in January. If your membership expires in December, please wait until the new year for renewal instructions. In the meantime, we will consider your membership current through the end of 2020.
📅 Upcoming AAJA Events
Dec 5-16
AAJA-Asia Training Network AAJA-Asia and the Google News Initiative have teamed up to provide free training and outreach to journalists in Asia looking to improve their reporting skills and apply the latest digital tools in their newsgathering, fact-checking, reporting, and storytelling. Learn more here.

Dec 11
AAJA Awards Ceremony & Holiday Party RSVP here.

Dec 12 (SGT/HKT time)
AAJA-Asia The Future of Tech and Finance in Asia This chat will explore how different Chinese technologies deployed are being used through the Asia Pacific region. It will discuss the role of technology as a driver of economic growth in the region, and the U.S. push back on China’s growing tech dominance. Register here.

Dec 18
AAJA-Chicago Trivia Bowl Returning after a multi-year hiatus, recruit your team (round up your AAJA-LA trivia bowl buddies?) for the Chicago style Trivia Bowl, hosted by ESPN reporter and trivia expert Michele Steele. Free, with suggested donation of $20 per person to support Chicago chapters' summer internship programs at top newsrooms. Sign up here.

Jan 22
AAJA-NY Book Club #3: Why We Swim by journalist Bonnie Tsui, moderated by journalist and avid open-water swimmer Amy Wu. Algonquin Books is offering AAJA members a special 30% off promo through book club day, with code: WWS30
👏 #AAJAKudos to...
Celebrate your achievements with us-- tag @aaja or let us know on Slack. 
  • Angie Goff, who has been promoted to Evening Anchor at WTTG
  • Ameer Al-Khatahtbeh, AAJA Catalyst alumnus, who has been listed in Forbes's 30 Under 30 for founding
  • S. Mitra Kalita and Anjuli Sastry, 2021 Nieman Visiting Fellows who will each spend time in the coming year working remotely, using resources at Nieman and Harvard University to develop projects advancing racial justice or improving public health journalism in the U.S.
  • AAJA 2020 Journalism Excellence Award Winners, who will be honored at our Awards Ceremony next Friday, December 11.
📓 Resources
Article: Journalism Think Piece
Saving democracy is a slogan not a strategy by Yvonne Leow, Reynolds Journalism Institute

Resource: Job Hunting
Tools to find, track and level-up job applications by Mandy Hofmockel for her Substack newsletter Journalism jobs and a photo of my dog

Resource: Climate Change Coverage
Covering Climate Equitably: A Guide for Journalists, The Solutions Project. (Register here for a webinar on December 10 about the guide.)
On Our List📺📸📰 🎧
Member bylines emboldened.
“We knew that information was power, and we thought that there was a gap of connecting vital resources to our community,” Tanglao said.

“(We wanted) to better improve the collection of data about us because we are the third-largest Asian subgroup in the U.S., but there’s very little information about us as a group.”

from "How a team led by a journalist is fighting coronavirus misinformation in the Filipino community" by Amaris Castillo, Poynter,
  • Spotlight on works by Rachel Ramirez
  • Heat Waves Kill More People Than Any Other Weather Disaster. These Cities Have a Plan, HuffPost, as part of FutureProof.
  • The trauma of Thanksgiving for Native communities during a pandemic, Vox
  • The real love interest in Netflix Operation Christmas Drop is the US military, Vox

  • On Bruce Lee, whose 80th birthday would've been November 27
  • 🎧 Flowing with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, hosted by Shannon Lee, Bruce Lee Podcast
  • 'Doctor Strange' Star Benedict Wong Celebrates Bruce Lee's 80th, by Benedict Wong, The Hollywood Reporter
  • I had a million reasons to love Bruce Lee, but I hated him by Cary Chow, The Undefeated

  • Other Cool Stuff
  • A New Political Force Emerges in Georgia: Asian-American Voters by Sabrina Tavernise, New York Times
  • The challenge of combating fake news in Asian American communities by Terry Nguyen, Vox
  • As Argyle businesses struggle, younger generation fights for their community by Michael Lee, Chicago Sun Times, images by Pat Nabong
  • Photographer Explores Asian American Identity in 'Where We're Really From' by Kisha Ravi, ft. images by Eric Lee, NPR
  • How a team led by a journalist is fighting coronavirus misinformation in the Filipino community by Amaris Castillo, Poynter, feat. Leezel Tanglao
Support 40 years of AAJA
This year has been filled with crises that we've combatted together with the power of community and with developing the brain trust and leadership that is the #AAJAFamily.

If you can, please help us continue this forward momentum in 2021 and beyond, because our work in media is more crucial now than ever.
Collectively, we can celebrate 40 years of impact,
and contribute towards 40 more years of AAJA's mission
of supporting and uplifting AAPI journalists.
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