Sunday, February 28, 2021

Finding the Writer Within: Continuing Writers Workshop begins today at WCC

Finding the Writer Within: Continuing Writers Workshop begins today at Washtenaw Community College
Online, 8 Sundays, February 28 - April 25, 2021, 12-2pm EDT, Zoom

Upcoming
Writing from the Heart
Washtenaw Community College
Online, 2 Saturdays, March 6-13, 2021, 10am-12pm EDT, Zoom

Dare to Dream Writing Workshop
Washtenaw Community College
Online, 2 Saturdays, March 20-27, 2021, 10am-12pm EDT, Zoom

Writing your Family Stories
Washtenaw Community College
Online, 3 Mondays, April 5-19, 2021, 6-8pm EDT, Zoom

Registration Washtenaw Community College -- see https://washtenaw.augusoft.net/index.cfm?fuseaction=1010&catalogid=1

Friday, February 26, 2021

1990 Institute Newsletter – Volume 1, Issue 2

My second 1990 Institute Newsletter today, with a new column, "Communities of Color Stand Together," and a curated roundup of recent news items. If you like it, subscribe, and it will come straight to your inbox!

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Photographic Justice: Rest in Power Corky Lee – CAAM Home

My article for CAAMedia on the great Corky Lee, Rest in Power

"Corky was always around the community with his camera,” said filmmaker and Asian Americans series producer Renee Tajima-Pena. “In 40 years, I think I’ve seen him once without his camera, and I remember ribbing him about that.”

Photographic Justice: Rest in Power Corky Lee – CAAM Home

Friday, February 12, 2021

Launching 1990 Institute Newsletter, "Lunar New Year, Pandemic Style"

Happy Lunar New Year! Check out my new project with 1990 Institute. Introducing the new 1990 Institute Newsletter, which will be coming out twice a month as a way for me to reflect on the issues and share the news from Asian America! First column, "Lunar New Year, Pandemic Style."

1990 Institute Newsletter volume 1 issue 1 February 12, 2021

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Online! Foods & Flavors of Chinese New Year | Chelsea District Library

Tonight! Thursday February 11, 2021. Registration is open now!

Online! Foods & Flavors of Chinese New Year
2/11/2021 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Chelsea District Library

Celebrate the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Ox! Explore the customs, traditions, and food of Chinese New Year. Why is the Chinese New Year's celebration like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and your birthday rolled-up all in one holiday? What is the story behind Chinese dumplings? And what do you eat to ensure a long life? Join us as presenter Frances Kai-Hwa Wang shares the answers to these questions and many more! Zoom login code will be emailed the week of the event. THE FIRST 30 REGISTRANTS WILL RECEIVE A PAPER LANTERN THE WEEK OF THE PROGRAM!
Event Type(s): Adult, Teen
for more info: lbrown@chelseadistrictlibrary.org

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Today! Chinese New Year's Traditions, Stories and Food | Washtenaw Community College

Teaching today!

Chinese New Year's Traditions, Stories and Food
Sunday, February 7, 2021, 12-2pm, ONLINE
Washtenaw Community College

The Chinese Lunar New Year's Festival is one of the most important festivals for Chinese people all over the world. It marks the beginning of spring according to the lunar calendar, and has been celebrated in the United States for over 150 years. Learn about the traditions, foods and stories of Chinese New Year. Why can't you finish the fish? What does serving a whole chicken represent? How high will your fortunes rise in the New Year? Why do people wear red? What's in those red envelopes? And what Year of the Zodiac is it? Learn to say Happy New Year in Chinese.

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Event: America Without Racism: Making the Vision a Reality | Washtenaw Faces Race and Ypsilanti District Library

From Washtenaw Faces Race and Ypsilanti District Library (and La'Ron Williams, of course), a free virtual conference entitled, "America without Racism—Making the Vision a Reality: What we must have in the wake of COVID-19," February 5-6, 2021, online.

Register here:  America Without Racism: Making the Vision a Reality Registration, Fri, Feb 5, 2021 at 6:00 PM | Eventbrite

Friday, February 5, 2021; 6:00-9:00pm and Saturday, February 6, 2021;1:00-4:00pm

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically exposed inequities caused by long-standing racism in the United States, revealing that the need for change is more urgent than ever.

Join us in a free, virtual, two-day community conversation as we imagine a world free of racism and explore what must be done to create this future. Experts will talk about the fundamental changes needed in the institutions of policing, work, health care, and the commons, with interludes by local musicians, poets, and artists. We’ll conclude with a visioning session for all.

SCHEDULE:
Friday, February 5, 6:00pm-9:00pm

Introduction and Overview:
La’Ron Williams, B.F.A., Racial Justice Educator and Professional Storyteller, co-founder of Washtenaw Faces Race

Policing Redefined (Panel):
Eli Savit, J.D., Prosecuter, Washtenaw County, Michigan https://www.washtenaw.org/3284/Prosecutor-Eli-Savit
Rev. Joe Summers, M.Div., Pastor, Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, Ann Arbor, Michigan http://incarnationannarbor.org/our-staff/
Desirae Simmons B.A., M.S., Co-Director, Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, Ann Arbor, Michigan https://www.icpj.org/about/bios/

Performance
Mikhaella Norwood, Founder & CEO of Freelife Productions, LLC. Motown award-winning Spoken Word Artist of the Year, actress, motivational speaker, emcee. Tonight reads two poems, “Still” and “Fragility of a Black Man’s Gentle” from her book of poetry, Fruit: Haiku of Haikus for the Blossoming Soul (2019). https://mimifreelife.com

Redefining Work:
Dr. Alford A. Young, Jr., Ph.D., Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Author of From the Edge of the Ghetto: African Americans and the World of Work (2019) and Are Black Men Doomed?: Debating Race (2018). https://lsa.umich.edu/soc/people/faculty/ayoun.html
Saturday, February 6, 1:00pm-4:00pm

Health Care for Everyone:
Dr. Patricia Coleman-Burns, M.A., Ph.D., Assistant Professor Emerita of Nursing and Black Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.. https://nursing.umich.edu/faculty-staff/faculty/patricia-w-coleman-burns
Anita Hernandez, M.D., Assistant Professor of Family Medicine & Service Director of Family-Mother-Baby, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan and Family Physician affililiated with the Corner Health Clinic, Ypsilanti, Michigan. https://medicine.umich.edu/dept/family-medicine/anita-k-hernandez-md

Defense of the Commons: Individual rights vs the rights of the collective:
Thom Hartmann, Ph.D., Political commentator, radio host, and author of The Hidden History of the War on Voting: Who Stole Your Vote and How to Get It Back (2020) and The Hidden History of Monopolies: How Big Business Destroyed the American Dream (2020). https://thomhartmann.com

Rescuing Democracy: The way forward:
Abdul El-Sayed, M.D., Physician, epidemiologist, progressive activist, educator, author, speaker, and podcast host. Formerly the Health Director for the City of Detroit and candidate for Governor of Michigan in 2018.

Visioning Session led by:
Zarinah El-Amin Naeem, B.S., M.A., Publisher and Chief Spiritual Officer, Book Power Publishing. https://bookpowerpublishing.com
Eleanore Ablan-Owen, B.A., M.S., Co-Director, Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, Ann Arbor., Michigan. https://www.icpj.org/about/bios/

Sponsored by Washtenaw Faces Race and Ypsilanti District Library.

This program is funded in part by the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment of the Humanities.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Online! Foods & Flavors of Chinese New Year | Chelsea District Library

Coming up Thursday February 11, 2021. Registration is open now!

Online! Foods & Flavors of Chinese New Year
2/11/2021 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Chelsea District Library

Celebrate the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Ox! Explore the customs, traditions, and food of Chinese New Year. Why is the Chinese New Year's celebration like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and your birthday rolled-up all in one holiday? What is the story behind Chinese dumplings? And what do you eat to ensure a long life? Join us as presenter Frances Kai-Hwa Wang shares the answers to these questions and many more! Zoom login code will be emailed the week of the event. THE FIRST 30 REGISTRANTS WILL RECEIVE A PAPER LANTERN THE WEEK OF THE PROGRAM!
Event Type(s): Adult, Teen
for more info: lbrown@chelseadistrictlibrary.org

Monday, February 1, 2021

Chinese New Year's Traditions, Stories and Food - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

It's almost Chinese New Year! I'll be teaching this next week

Chinese New Year's Traditions, Stories and Food
Sunday, February 7, 2021, 12-2pm, ONLINE
Washtenaw Community College

The Chinese Lunar New Year's Festival is one of the most important festivals for Chinese people all over the world. It marks the beginning of spring according to the lunar calendar, and has been celebrated in the United States for over 150 years. Learn about the traditions, foods and stories of Chinese New Year. Why can't you finish the fish? What does serving a whole chicken represent? How high will your fortunes rise in the New Year? Why do people wear red? What's in those red envelopes? And what Year of the Zodiac is it? Learn to say Happy New Year in Chinese.