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AAPI Rising: The Taste of Resilience & Community

May 17, 2021 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm


To kick off upcoming celebrations for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, VAYLA’s next AAPI Rising Conversation will center the Taste of Resilience and Community!

Join us on May 17th for an afternoon of storytelling with our special guests:

VAYLA’s Executive Director, Jacqueline Thanh, MSW will be moderating a deep dive conversation between two innovative AAPI about their experiences and journey in New Orleans and beyond.

The talk will include Stephen Deaderick, PhD  Assistant Director in Student Affairs at Tulane University and the local food and travel influencer behind @thenola15 and Vivi Nguyen, Founder of Radical Joy Bakery.

Food is storytelling without words. VAYLA is casting a space to story share during this time of heightened collective grief and consciousness. Food is deeply rooted in AAPI traditions across the diaspora and has always held significance in our community’s joy and resilience. How can we continue to nourish and feed each other? AAPI food and culture is constantly being fetishized and consumed and survives through invisibility. What can resilience and what does joy taste like for US? What stories are shared around our culture that fuel us during these times?


Missed our AAPI Rising event?

Click here to watch the recording.



Have you signed VAYLA’s petition for inclusion? 


AAPI representation matters! Representation is more than enjoying Asian cuisines.

The language of “other” is a microcosm of the hierarchical narrative of white supremacy that reigns in our country and leaves communities more susceptible to the dehumanization and violence that disenfranchisement creates.

When it comes to data collection and dissemination, Louisiana does not celebrate or acknowledge our diversity. Data is only broken down into three categories: White, Black, and Other, erasing the countless contributions of non-Black/non-White communities, as well as the needs of each of those communities.

Sign and share the petition at change.org/OtherIsNotMyIdentity


May 17, 2021
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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