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Asian American Voices – Solidarity Against Hate – Join Us SATURDAY April 17th 10:30AM PDT.
Please join us on Satruday April 17th 10:30AM PDT in solidarity against hate! Let’s support each other by learning and connecting to be empowered. Register [here] for the event.
JEZUBA JOINS 400 ORGANIZATIONS TO UNITE IN A WORLDWIDE VIGIL TO REMEMBER THE VICTIMS OF THE ATLANTA SHOOTING
Proud to Support #StopAsianHate National Day of Action and Healing
(President Joe Biden’s tweet)
Oakland, CA – JEZUBA joined a Worldwide Vigil on Friday, March 26th–in support of the #StopAsianHate National Day of Action and Healing--and to unite as a global community in paying respects to the eight victims killed in the Atlanta shooting, to promote communal healing and hope in the face of heightened violence that has traumatized the entire Asian American community, and to call for solidarity under a banner of anti-racism.
The Atlanta shooting, which killed eight people, including six women of Korean and Chinese descent, took place on March 16, 2021, amidst a sharp spike in anti-Asian sentiment and hate crimes since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States last year. The research released by reporting forum Stop AAPI Hate revealed nearly 3,800 incidents against Asian Americans, 68% towards women, since March 19, 2020.
“We were proud to participate in this beautiful ceremony that brought together communities of all backgrounds to find solace in our collective grief. Out of this tragedy, an opportunity to stand against hate and racism together. Inspired by this Worldwide Vigil, Jezuba is hosting a virtual event to learn, to connect, and to be empowered. Join us on Saturday, April 17th at 10:30AM PDT. We must stand together during this difficult time, and commit to supporting the community,” said Rebecca, founder of Jezuba.
This vigil was part of numerous events taking place on March 26th, which was promoted as the #StopAsianHate National Day of Action and Healing, by Asian American Congressional leaders and civic organizations, with the support of President Joe Biden. March 26th is significant, as it is when the first U.S. law on naturalization, the Naturalization Act of 1790, was enacted to limit citizenship to only “free, White persons.”
The intersectional program included statements from the White House, South Korean Ambassador and four Korean American Members of Congress, Andy Kim (D-NJ), Young Kim (R-CA), Michelle Steel (R-CA), and Marilyn Strickland (D-WA)—with prayers by religious leaders: Imam Abdullah Jaber (CAIR-Georgia),Venerable Seok-Maya (Jun Dung Sa Temple), Mike Tai (4Pointes Church); poetry reading by Jessie Lian; singing by Adelaide Tai; and remarks by Community Leaders: Sarah Park (President, KAC Metro-Atlanta), Georgia Rep. Sam Park, Soyoung Yun, LPC, Nsé Ufot (Chief Executive Officer, New Georgia Project), Martha Revelo, (Outreach Director, Office of U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock), and Julie Katz (Assistant Director of American Jewish Committee (AJC) Atlanta).
Visit https://326vigil.org for the full recording of the event and full list of supporting organizations, including all major Korean and Asian American organizations, and nation’s top leading civic organizations such as the NAACP, American Jewish Committee, Hispanic Federation, Human Rights Campaign, and even corporations like NIKE and Amazon.
Here are the statements:
Statement from the White House through Congressman Cedric Richmond, Senior Advisor to the President and director of the White House Office of Public Engagement:
My heart goes out to all who are joining the Asian American community to remember the victims of the horrific shootings in Atlanta that claimed the lives of eight people. I know this is a very painful time for everyone in the community who are mourning this tremendous loss, including the Korean American community -- as four of the victims were of Korean descent who immigrated to the United States in search of a better life; and for the AAPI women’s community--as six of the victims were Asian women.
President Biden has made clear that he condemns the distrusting rise in anti-Asian violence and that hate can have no safe harbor in America.
Our prayers are with the families of the victims and everyone gathered today to grieve and try to find solace together. We will stand together against hate, against racism, against sexism, against violence, including gender-based violence—and stand up for justice, for love, for healing.
Joint Statement from four Korean American Members of Congress, Andy Kim, Young Kim, Michelle Steel, and Marilyn Strickland
Tonight’s vigil is not just a reminder of those we’ve lost; we have come together as Korean American members of Congress to demonstrate our solidarity in the face of hate and fear. No one action, level of government, or individual can stop Asian hate. But by coming together, and bringing allies with us, we can make progress that will keep our AAPI community safe and honor those lives so cruelly and prematurely taken from us. To the families of the eight victims, you have our deepest condolences. We can and must always remember their names and work to address the escalating violence against Asian that cost them their lives.
Statement from Republic of Korea through South Korean Ambassador Lee Soo Hyuck:
I would like to express my deepest condolences to the victims of the tragic shootings that took place on March 16 in the Atlanta Metropolitan area and extend deepest sympathies to the families who lost their loved ones. I would like to offer my sincere sympathies to all Korean-Americans and Asian-American communities in the United States distressed by this tragedy.
The Embassy of the Republic of Korea strongly condemns anti-Asian hate crimes which have increased recently, and reaffirms its support for all the efforts to uphold values of diversity, mutual respect, and co-existence. The Embassy will continue to make every effort to protect Koreans from hate crimes in cooperation with the law enforcement authorities of the United States.
Sarah Park (President, KAC Metro-Atlanta)
I join in grief, pain and anger for this senseless mass shooting. After a year of escalating violence, there is fear in our community. “Am I next” is what I hear. But do not be afraid. This IS our home. This IS our country. And we WILL stand and fight to protect our community, the vulnerable among us and the next generation.
Martha Revelo, (Outreach Director, Office of U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock):
Julie Katz (Assistant Director of American Jewish Committee (AJC) Atlanta):
Poetry reading by Jessie Lian
“Thank you. It’s an honor to be here. This poem that I’m about to read is based off of tiny details that I found about the victims, things that they loved. I hope that it honors them as much as it honors us and our collective experiences, our collective grief, and our collective yearning to be seen, be heard, and belong.
They softened sores,
They knocked on aches,
Pointed them outside, and said, “Get up, pack your bags, and go.”
They made space for us to breathe easy,
Flipped on the lights in these foreign rooms,
Clasped the edges of the kitchen counter like a prayer,
Like, “Maybe the stove could be an altar for my offerings,
Maybe even a sanctuary for my belonging.”
They patted dry the tofu,
Massaged these leafy immigrant greens,
Scooped up families of rice into a boiling new country,
Never thought once about how brave it all was...
Only that it was necessary.
They stirred the kimchi stew with a wooden spoon,
Then tucked it away into a little white bowl,
Like a parcel of home,
An envelope stuffed with the feeling of “full,”
Postmarked to everyone like it would never run dry.
Their hands made space for us to be full
And take space.
And their hands
They’d sometimes clutch the karaoke mic like a sword,
Slice their songs into the dark and glittering rooms,
Sang-shout their dreams,
Like, “One day, I will travel for leisure instead of survival
And I will live long enough to see my grandchildren,
Live life that I paved for them,
The life that I could never live.”
they rocked their children in an envious slumber,
Held their tiny fingers,
Whispered terrified promises of “I will take care of you.”
Their hands took care of us...
Held close everything worth holding.
Let us lay their worn and traveled hands
On top of their holy hearts
That they may finally hold,
And be held.
Let us stack our hands
On top of theirs,
A planet of embrace,
One collective push,
One breath of world back into their lungs,
Give them back the voice
For what they could never say.
Give us the voice
For what they could never say.
For us to make loud.
The sing-shout dreaming,
The ripping open of parcels of home,
The huffing and puffing before the breathing easy,
The soothing and the screaming,
The whimpering and the roaring,
The peacekeeping and the power-keeping,
The standing and the dancing,
The holding and releasing,
The quiet and the mouth wide open like ocean laughter.
The whistling of freedom,
Turn on the lights,
Sit at the table,
And hold hands.
One of the many crucial steps in finding a job is navigating the interview between oneself and the potential employer. To be successful, presenting oneself in a deserving yet authentic light is paramount. To help members of Gen Z best prepare themselves for this step in their job search, we dedicated the third part of our Gen Z Career Series to providing tips and assistance regarding obtaining and participating in interviews and making one's mark as a new employee.
Look in your bathroom cabinet, drawer, or peek into wherever you store your menstrual products. Ask yourself Marie Kondo’s iconic question: Do these items spark joy? I asked myself that same question a few years ago and the answer was a definitive no. So I made the switch to reusable period products. Now, I spend less money on period supplies and produce less environmentally harmful waste. If you’re considering making the switch too, this blog series will give you the unfiltered truth about menstrual products.
First up: Menstrual cups!
Menstrual cups have many similarities to tampons. You fold them up, slide them into your vagina, and they create a seal that catches your menstrual blood. Simply pull the cup out when you’re ready to change it (at least every 12 hours), dump the blood, rinse the cup out with soap and water, and then reinsert. In between cycles, you can boil your cup to more thoroughly clean it.
Join us for GenZ Career Series on Thursday March 11 @4:30PM PST . Learn how to successfully interview and make your mark as a new hire! Register [here].
Celebrating Women Cartoonists!
Celebrating this year’s International Women’s Day by honouring my favourite women cartoonists. As a child, I loved watching cartoons! Hello Kitty is one of my favourite Sanrio cartoon character, and I spent endless hours watching Spongebob Squarepants and Strawberry Shortcake. These cartoons inspired me to create Becca’s Artsy Corner. Thank you for your inspirations!
Yuko Shimizu created Hello Kitty in 1974. Hello Kitty was first introduced in the USA in 1976 and it found commercial success. Yuko Shimizu was born in Japan, and before creating the iconic Hello Kitty, Yuko painted flowers on rubber sandals and sold them! Some other characters that Yuko created includes “Angel Cat Sugar” and “Rebecca Bonbon”. Besides creating iconic characters, Yuko also illustrated a picture book which won a 2021 Caldecott Honor!
A manga artist, Miyuki Okumura created Cinnamaroll in 2001. The character Cinnamaroll resembles a cinnamon roll and a white puppy. Besides creating Cinnamaroll, Miyuki also designed the character for the “Wish Me Mell” series.
Created by Naoko Togashi, Sailor Moon is a popular Japanese Manga series. Before Naoko became a manga artist, she worked as a Miko. The series revolves around a character named Usagi Tsukino who transforms to “Sailor Moon” in search of a magical artifact called the "Legendary Silver Crystal" throughout the series. Naoko won the 1993 Kodansha Manga Award for her creation of Sailor Moon.
Care Bears, a series of multi-coloured bear characters, was originally painted in 1981 by artist Elena Kucharik. Elena worked as a children’s illustrator and her “Care Bears” paintings used to be used on American Greetings’ Greeting Cards. The uniqueness about each Care Bears is that each Care Bears has its own colour and has a special belly badge that represents its personality.
Strawberry Shortcake was originally created by Barbie Sargent in 1973. It was not originally called Strawberry Shortcake but called Girl with a Daisy instead. Barbie was a freelance artist for the greeting card company American Greetings.
Daron Nefcy is an American animator, writer and producer. Daron is the creator of the famous Disney channel cartoon Star Vs. the Forces of Evil. Star Vs. the Forces of Evil. is the first Disney channel cartoon that was created by a female. Daron’s inspiration for the characters of Star Vs. the Forces of Evil were inspired by popular Japanese Manga Cartoon like Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z. Daron is currently the Executive Producer in Animation Development at Nickelodeon.
Emily Kapnek a writer, actress and a television producer is best known as the creator of the popular Nickelodeon animated comedy-drama television series “As told by Ginger” which first aired on 2000. Other than being a television creator, Emily is also a theme song lyricist, writing the theme song of As told my Ginger, Emily’s Reasons Why Not and more.
Digital Marketing Intern & Artist of Becca’s Artsy Corner
Jezuba Stands Up to Hate
As much as we don’t like it, the world continues to be poisoned by hate and hate speech, much of which is aimed towards marginalized groups and minority communities. Unfortunately, this hateful rhetoric was exemplified during the previous administration, especially against Mexican immigrants, Muslims, and, in light of the coronavirus pandemic, Asian Americans.
Civil rights advocate and Director of the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council, Manju Kulkarni, talks about the impact of this hateful rhetoric on Asian American communities in an NPR article. Kulkarni talks about how phrases like “Wuhan virus, kung flu, China virus, China plague”, espoused by former President Trump, have been weaponized against Asian American communities. This type of hateful speech has led to an uptick in hate crimes against Asian American people, so much so that some stores, owned by Asian Americans, have had to reduce their hours.
Credit: Gum Kuo Restaurant
Unfortunately, these hate crimes have claimed some victims’ lives. Vicha Ratanapakdee, an 84-year old man, was going for a walk in San Francisco when he was attacked and smashed to the ground. Ratanapakdee died of his injuries two days later. Others have been injured, property has been vandalized, and many have been subject to verbal assaults and slurs while in public.
Part of the reason why we at Jezuba have turned our attention to these attacks is because many of them have occurred so close to where Jezuba is based, in Oakland. We hope that by increasing awareness of hate crimes against minority groups, particularly Asian Americans, others will be able to educate themselves about this hate before it strikes close to them.
Credit: Mengwen Cao for NPR (The Chinatown Community Young Lions perform lion dancing at the Lunar New Year Celebration in Manhattan's Chinatown on Feb. 12. )
Happy Valetine's Day
Happy Valentine’s Day! A special thank you to Devin Dowling for leading a virtual art session with the theme of LOVE and practicing self-love. We are happy to give back to our teachers while connecting virtually and learning basic color theory and acrylic paint.
Helping Launch Gen Z Careers
Amidst the global pandemic that has impacted virtually every aspect of our lives, many members of Gen Z question how to navigate the complex labyrinth of finding a job and launching a career. Covid-19 has changed the ways that we interact with one another in many ways, and some of the effects of those changes have spilled over into the job market. One of our missions at Jezuba is to help members of Gen Z transition into the workspace more fluidly, despite the pandemic, and as part of that mission we hosted an online seminar, led by three professionals in recruiting, about this process.
The webinar took place on January 13th, and was the second of our planned sessions regarding career advice and navigating the job market. This session focused on how to create the best resume, cover letter, and online presence, as well as general advice about how to launch a career for newer entrants to the job market.
Christine Dasig-Aguada, a representative from Robert Half, began the session by providing guidance on how to write resumes. Afterwards, she highlighted the importance of cover letters, explaining that they are useful to describe qualifications and skills that aren’t listed on one’s resume. She also mentioned the importance of thank you notes, emphasizing that they help make one stand out to an interviewer.
After the initial presentation, the full panel of recruiters, which included Christine as well as Amanda Cretcher from WePay and Charles Jo from Power Integrations, took questions from the audience. In a lively and engaging discussion, the recruiters made many useful points. They emphasized the importance of not selling oneself short in interviews, negotiating salary, and getting job descriptions and offers in writing. They also warned participants about sharing too much of one’s personal information online, because it can easily follow one forever.
The conversation and advice shared during this seminar were extremely valuable to the attendees, including myself. We are hopeful that, due to this webinar and future career series webinars to come, Jezuba will continue to make a positive impact in the job market and successfully deliver career advice to aspiring professional Gen Zers.