A Resource for Local Businesses
"The Perspective" is a monthly publication of the Chamber's Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Task Force, comprised of approximately 30 representatives with a passion for sharing information and learning best practices about diversity, inclusion and minority business development to improve our workforce.
Goal Statement from the Chamber Business Plan:
Task Force Chair: Wesley Escondo, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Wisconsin
Staff Liaison: Kaylynn Stahlbusch, Workforce and Program Director
Advancing Racial Equity Workshop Series
The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library will host a three-part online discussion series entitled “Advancing Racial Equity” on Tuesday evenings May 25, July 13, and September 14. The series is open to all community members. Participants will learn how systemic racism functions through laws and policies, understand concepts like positionality and intersectionality, move beyond fear and some of the emotional barriers to advancing equity, and learn tangible tips and skills for building your own anti-racist practice.
Registration is required. These are virtual events held via the Zoom online discussion platform. You’ll receive connection info via email once you register.
Toward One Wisconsin: Kao Kalia Yang to Speak at 2021 Conference
Toward One Wisconsin Conference
Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges
October 12-13, 2021
The Lismore Hotel
Eau Claire, WI
We are thrilled to announce that Kao Kalia Yang will be one of the plenary speakers at Toward One Wisconsin 2021.
Yang is a Hmong-American author, filmmaker, teacher, and co-founder of Words Wanted, a company dedicated to helping immigrants with writing, translation, and business services.
Yang’s first book, “The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir,” details her family’s move from the Ban Vinai Refugee Camp to Minnesota in 1987. “The Latehomecomer” was the winner of two Minnesota Book Awards, a finalist for the PEN USA Award, and was the first Hmong-authored book to gain national distribution from a literary press.
Her memoir, “The Song Poet: A Memoir of my Father,” was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Chautauqua Prize, and the PEN USA Award.
About Toward One Wisconsin
T1W seeks to amass and coordinate knowledge in an unprecedented collaborative project that will draw on our collective commitment to prioritize the work of equity, diversity and inclusion throughout Wisconsin. For more details, including sponsorship opportunities and registration, visit inclusivity-wi.org.
Facilitating EDI Conversations
National Institute of Health Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Workplace Conversations
The National Institute of Health's Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion highlights different methods to tackle uncomfortable, stressful, and heavy topics in the place of work.
Diversity Best Practices: Manager's Guide to Essential Conversations
Leading difficult but essential conversations on topics such as racism, social injustices, bigotry and discrimination are not easy. Even professional facilitators and DEI practitioners can feel anxious about them. For the most part, employees and organizations would like to talk about these issues but don’t know where to start. Some individuals may worry that others won’t understand their point of view or that they may say something that will unintentionally offend.
This step-by-step guide can help you begin to have a conversation, despite these very real challenges. Recognizing that talking about racism can be challenging; your goals should be creating a safe space for people to be authentic and vulnerable and to strengthen communication and levels of trust that will pave the way for future conversations.
Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Growth stems from learning, and learning begins with conversations. This month, we recognize and celebrate Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. This is a great opportunity to discuss and educate on this group's past, and how to be an ally today.
Chippewa Valley Equality Initiative: Get to Know AAPI Leaders & Influencers in the Chippewa Valley
The Chippewa Valley has multiple AAPI leaders and influencers who contribute to the community in major ways. In honor of AAPI Heritage Month, please take a moment to get to know some of these individuals, and recognize their contributions, heritage, and value to our community as a whole. Because there are so many incredible AAPI leaders and influencers in the Chippewa Valley, we will be dividing this into a series.
Brooke Jeein Newmaster: Learn Her Story
Floor Dusters Crew: Learn Their Story
Elan Mccallum: Learn Her Story
Dr. Catherine Chan: Learn Her Story
NBC News: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders - A FAQ
For Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, NBC News is taking a closer look at some of the terminology used when discussing Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in order to better understand why certain words and phrases are (or aren't) used.
Where did the "model minority myth" come from? What does "hapa" mean? We asked academics and experts to answer those questions and more.
U.S. Census: Asian American and Pacific Islander
In 1978, a joint congressional resolution established Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week. The first 10 days of May were chosen to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants (May 7, 1843) and contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869.
In 1992, Congress expanded the observance to a monthlong celebration that is now known as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Per a 1997 U.S. Office of Management and Budget directive, the Asian or Pacific Islander racial category was separated into two categories: one being Asian and the other Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander. Thus, this Facts for Features contains a section for each.
TIME: How One Woman's Story Led to the Creation of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
One persistent voice expressing frustration toward the status quo can change the way history is remembered. Case in point: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The observance now takes place every May in the U.S. and is marked by communities within the country’s 22.2 million Asians and 1.6 million Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islanders. And yet, despite that scale, the seeds for the commemorative month originated from one woman.
During the Congressional hearing in 1992 in which then New York Congressman Frank Horton introduced the bill that called for May to get that designation, he made a point of singling out that woman: Jeanie Jew, a former Capitol Hill staffer who had first approached Horton about the idea in the mid-1970s — more than 15 years earlier.
She had witnessed the U.S. Bicentennial celebrations of 1976 and was concerned about the lack of recognition given to Asian Pacific Americans. “She thought, what are the different ways that we can promote public awareness of the contributions?” says Claudine Cheng, a former president of OCA — Asian Pacific American Advocates.
At the time, celebrations for Black History Month and Hispanic Heritage Week were already in place. While Black History Month was decreed by President Gerald Ford in 1976 to become a national observance, Hispanic Heritage Week was designated as a national celebration by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968. “The right thing to do was to push for the Asians to also have a similar time during the year for commemoration and celebration,” Cheng says.
A Look Back : Discrimination against Asian American, Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities
In support of recent movements to combat Asian American, Pacific Islander (AAPI) discrimination, we take a look back at the legacy of the AAPI diaspora in the U.S. and ways to support AAPI communities today.
A recent surge of high-profile attacks against Asian Americans has been bringing to light the often overlooked racism and discrimination that have affected Asian American communities for decades. In the past year alone, there have been more than 3,700 incidences of hate crimes against Asian Americans, up 17% from 2019. Although recent increases in racist incidences have been attributed largely to scapegoating surrounding COVID-19, discrimination against Asian Americans has remained a largely unacknowledged issue for centuries, grounded in a long history of oppression
Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month this May and every day with a special PBS collection of stories that explores the history, traditions and culture of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States.
American Bar Association: 21-Day Challenge
The goal of the Challenge is to assist each of us to become more aware, compassionate, constructive, engaged people in the quest for racial equity, and specifically to learn more about the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. It transcends our roles as lawyers. Non-lawyers are also welcome to participate [you do not need to be associated with the American Bar Association to participate].
National Park Services: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders have a rich heritage thousands of years old and have both shaped the history of the United States and had their lives dramatically influenced by moments in its history. Every May during Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month and throughout the year, the National Park Service and our partners share those histories and the continuing culture thriving in parks and communities today.
Watch & Learn
First They Killed My Father (Netflix): a biographical drama of Loung Ung—a 7-year old Cambodian child who is forced to become a child soldier during the reign of the Khmer Rouge
The Joy Luck Club (Available for Rent or Purchase): Based on the 1989 novel of the same name. Follows the lives of four women, who immigrated to San Francisco from China, and their daughters as they struggle to understand each other despite the clash of Chinese & American cultures.
Minari (Playing in Theaters & Available for Streaming): a semi-autobiographical film that follows a South Korean immigrant family who moves to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream.
The Farewell (Amazon Prime Video): Upon learning their grandmother only has a short time to live due to illness, a Chinese American family decides not to tell her and works towards scheduling a family gathering before she dies
The Killing Fields (Available for Rent or Purchase): a biographical drama based on the experiences of two journalists as Pol Pot's regime begins in Cambodia
Gandhi (Available for Rent or Purchase): a biographical drama following the life of Mohandas Gandhi, whose nonviolent protests led to India's independence
Letters from Iwo Jima (Available for Rent or Purchase): a war film that portrays the Japanese soldiers' perspective during the Battle of Iwo Jima
The Last Emperor (Available for Rent or Purchase): a biographical drama of Puyi—the last Emperor of China
Lilo & Stitch (Disney+): Disney animated film about the friendship between a misfit girl and an alien in Kauai, Hawaii
Moana (Disney+): a Disney animated film about a Polynesian teenager setting sail on an adventure to save her people
PBS Documentary Series: Asian Americans
Asian Americans is a five-part PBS documentary series that delivers a fresh perspective on a history that matters today, more than ever. As America becomes more diverse, and more divided while facing unimaginable challenges, how do we move forward together? Told through intimate personal stories, the series will cast a new lens on U.S. history and the ongoing role that Asian Americans have played.
Chippewa Valley Initiative - Just for Kids: Learn about Asian Countries & Cultures
Begin the support and education of different cultures at a young age. This is a great way to begin the conversations:
In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, below are a few videos, books and information that highlights different AAPI cultures and experiences. Share them with your children, grandchildren, students, or any other youth that you know!
By showing children different cultures at a young age, it encourages validation and acknowledgement of diversity, and the importance of being aware of differences to promote inclusion and value.
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