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On Finding API Queer Role Models

Photo: Nancy Haque (right) with her partner, Dianne and baby, Reza. Source: Photo by Faith Cathcart/The Oregonian.

by Nancy Haque
Co-Director of Basic Rights Oregon

I was asked to write about the API women and trans folks who helped me on my journey to becoming Co-Director of Basic Rights Oregon, the state’s lead LGBTQ advocacy, education and political […]

By |2016-11-18T23:23:40+00:00May 29th, 2015|Members, News & Events|

Yee Won Chong on Chosen Families and Economic Security

by Yee Won Chong
Yee Won is a Trainer, Strategist, and Board Member of Forward Together. 
Find out more about Yee Won’s work here.

I love that May Day marks the first day of Asian American Heritage Month and ends on the day before Pride month begins. The convergence of workers’ right and being an immigrant from […]

By |2015-05-27T06:15:41+00:00May 27th, 2015|Members, News & Events|

The Secret to Fighting Racism

by Simon Tam
Founder and bassist of The Slants

For the last eight years, I’ve been touring as the bassist and founding member of The Slants. Playing in what’s often referred to as “the world’s first and only all-Asian American dance rock band” for nearly a decade has led to some interesting experiences […]

By |2016-11-18T23:23:40+00:00May 21st, 2015|Members, News & Events|

Beyond the Model Minority Myth: Redefining Activism

Photo: Members of Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (PCHRP) bearing the banners of Bayan USA & National Alliance for Filipino Concerns during the Portland May Day 2015.

by Rossella De Leon
Chairperson, Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (PCHRP)

I have a love and hate relationship with activism. I am […]

By |2016-11-18T23:23:40+00:00May 20th, 2015|Members, News & Events|

Carrying on a Legacy: Minoru Yasui’s Power of Collaboration

by Jillian Toda
APANO Strong Families member, 2013-2014 Graduate of the Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Institute 

For me, Heritage Month is as much about celebrating accomplishments by our API communities as it is about understanding where we still need to go. Having grown up in a rural Oregon town that has a rich history of Japanese […]

By |2016-11-18T23:23:40+00:00May 19th, 2015|Members, News & Events|