AAPI Rising is a storytelling, workshop initiative to humanize Asian American life in the South and combat xenophobia while building partnerships with social groups, student groups, small businesses and communities in Greater New Orleans.

AAPI Rising in the South Speaker Series

An educational speaker series in which we explore questions of identity, place, and empowerment so we can build power and community through a digital platform, offering a connection in the age of social distancing while asking difficult questions. We invite speakers working in Asian American communities as well as Black and Brown communities to discuss their journey and create calls to action for our next generation of leaders.

Upcoming Sessions

May 17, 2021 at 4:30PM CST

The Taste of Resilience & Community

Featured Guests:

Jacqueline Thanh (Moderator) – Executive Director of VAYLA

Stephen Deaderick – Food and Travel Blogger @thenola15

Vivi Nguyen – Founder of Radical Joy Bakery

Event Registration: Click here

Past Sessions

August 12, 2020

Intersectionality in the New South

Featured Guests:

Anthony Johnson (Moderator) – Deputy Director of VAYLA

Jacqueline Thanh – Executive Director of VAYLA

Ursula Price – Executive Director of New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice

Mary Moran – Executive Director of Our Voice Nuestra Voz

Recording: Watch Now

May 22, 2020

Journey to Leadership

Featured Guests:

Jacqueline Thanh – Executive Director of VAYLA

Luan Vo – Youth Leader

Recording: Watch Now

May 8, 2020

Leaders in Conversation

Featured Guests:

Jacqueline Thanh – Executive Director of VAYLA

Victoria Huynh – Vice President of the Center for Pan Asian Community Services (CPACS)

Recording: Watch Now

Artist Spotlight Series

The AAPI Rising Artist Spotlight Series is a new project where VAYLA teams up with local artists to capture stories of our community in the south through a Vietnamese American lens.

A New Orleans Story: Bánh Tét by Andrew Bui

Honoring our Vietnamese roots & in celebration of Tết, VAYLA teams up with emerging cinematographer Andrew Bui, a local artist and native son, to bring us along a New Orleans Story on the history and culture behind Lunar New Year Bánh Tét (Vietnamese sticky rice cakes). Watch the film to follow Mama Bui from her kitchen to the Village D’LEst market to see how history is made.