Happy May 2021!

So, Happy May. May 1 is/was May Day, Law Day, the 1st day of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, and probably many other observances…

New York Public Library (NYPL) has a great section for AAPI Heritage Month of book lists for adults and kids, and upcoming online events and resources, so check that out! (h/t NYPL’s Facebook page post, April 29, 2021).

Also, the City University of New York (CUNY) has a great list of various events and resources that they have for AAPI Heritage Month. Worth checking out too! (h/t CUNY’s Facebook page post, May 1, 2021).

There is a lot going on and we’re still in a pandemic. Pace yourself, stay safe, and keep learning and reading and whatever else that is good for you. — ssw15

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A Statement on Atlanta Shootings

I’m still digesting the news of what happened on the night before St. Patrick’s Day 2021 – as shootings in the area of Atlanta occurred at massage spas, and how 6 of the 8 victims are reportedly Asian women – a major concern amid the rise of anti-Asian violence. (I’m linking to NPR and PBS NewsHour reports, and you can probably also check out other legitimate news sources).

Of course, I’m all for full investigations and preservation of due process and rule of law. I’m also realistic enough to know that stopping AAPI/APIA hate is an ongoing, maybe never-ending societal process. It’s much like a lot of other hate – but also that much worse, given all the implications of perpetual foreignness, and not to mention all the aspects of hatred against AAPI/APIA women.

Accordingly, I’m sharing the statement from our own Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) and AABANY’s sharing of the statement from National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), “NAPABA Calls on Law Enforcement to Fully Investigate Georgia Shootings.” (see here for NAPABA’s statement on NAPABA’s website; see here for AABANY’s website).

(cross-posted at sswslitinmotion.tumblr.com)