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  • Writings from #QTAPIClimateStories Writings from #QTAPIClimateStories
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  • Paige Chung Paige Chung
    Sept 2020 | PAIGE CHUNG Paige (she/they) is a poet and a skater. In their own words, “My last writing project Nail Trap is juicier than your neighborhood gossip and my current project is hotter than your cousin’s mixtape. I’m based ...
  • You Matter: Video Reflection on LEX 2020 You Matter: Video Reflection on LEX 2020
    LEX & the APIENC family brought so much… so many things, but what i’m most thankful for is the healing that it brought to me when i felt too overwhelmed to know where to start, & i want to share ...
  • The Main Ingredient to Interdependence is Relationship Building The Main Ingredient to Interdependence is Relationship Building
    When we took on the role of coordinating APIENC’s Summer Mutual Aid Project, we were both fairly new to APIENC, just joining as a volunteer and Summer Organizer. Despite our newness, we understood the importance of mutual aid in this ...
  • Hello are you there? Reflections from our Dragon Fruit Phone Tree Hello are you there? Reflections from our Dragon Fruit Phone Tree
    It all started with the Dragon Fruit Project (DFP) reunion, scheduled to happen on March 21, 2020. Since last December, a volunteer team had been planning for an in-person event to celebrate all those who had contributed to our intergenerational ...
  • We Are Worthy of Support: Reflections from the Summer Organizer Program (part 2) We Are Worthy of Support: Reflections from the Summer Organizer Program (part 2)
    I haven’t always felt comfortable asking for help. Previously, I thought asking for help meant I was not “good enough,” and I thought that struggling on my own was a reflection of true strength. I learned this mindset from my ...
  • Self-Determination & Queer Power: Reflections from the Summer Organizer Program (part 1!) Self-Determination & Queer Power: Reflections from the Summer Organizer Program (part 1!)
    To me, APIENC is love — love that the world desperately needs. As a chronically ill, Việt, queer, nonbinary person, I felt unheard, othered, and silenced for far too long, by nearly everyone in my life in some way. I don’t ...
  • Vulnerability is Power: Reflections from LEX 2020 Vulnerability is Power: Reflections from LEX 2020
    There I was, on a zoom call with over 30 people who I had just met the weekend before, having a vulnerable one-on-one conversation with Sammie for everyone to watch. This was during the third session of APIENC’s annual Leadership Exchange, ...
  • #QTAPIClimateStories #QTAPIClimateStories
    APIENC’s Ecological Justice League (fka TTAC, Think and Take Action Cohort for Climate Justice) Presents: #QTAPIClimateStories Writing and Haiku Party for Queer and Trans Asian & Pacific Islander People A Climate Justice Storytelling Project Register here!👉 bit.ly/QTAPIClimateStories 👈 Co-sponsored by Asian Pacific Environmental Network ...
  • Gem Datuin Gem Datuin
    Jul 2020 | Gem Datuin Gem Datuin (they/them) identifies as a queer, non-binary, pilipinx feminist & abolitionist and has been a member of APIENC since 2016. For the past year, they have been part of APIENC’s Leadership Development (aka SKATE Crew) ...
  • We Are Trans Asian and Pasifika Leaders in Defense of Black Lives We Are Trans Asian and Pasifika Leaders in Defense of Black Lives
    We are non-Black people of Asian and Pasifika (A&PI) descent, and we are trans, nonbinary, and many Indigenous cultural gender identities¹. We span many movements, many generations, and many organizations.  We affirm the value of Black lives, unconditionally. We are in ...
  • Black Lives Matter. Black Lives Matter.
    We, as trans and queer Asians and Pacific Islanders, believe that everybody has a role in dismantling anti-Blackness.
  • Zoe Chen Zoe Chen
    May 2020 | Zoe Chen Zoe marched with us at 2019 Trans March and is now part of APIENC’s Trans Justice Committee! Her pronouns are she/her/hers and identifies as a transgender woman. When Zoe is not with community at APIENC, she is ...
  • I attribute my survival to the healing that comes with community. I attribute my survival to the healing that comes with community.
    I don’t remember the year; I was 24, maybe 25, when I went to visit a friend in St. Vincent’s Hospital on 7th Ave in New York City. I never found him. The hospital was overrun with AIDS patients and ...
  • Now is the time to practice care, connection, and resilience. We got this. Now is the time to practice care, connection, and resilience. We got this.
    Dear APIENC community, When news of COVID-19 started to reach the U.S., APIENC staff and member leaders took time to figure out how we could prioritize connection, safety, and community all at once. We’ve heard concerns and fear from our people—worries ...
  • What will our work mean for the seven generations after us? What will our work mean for the seven generations after us?
    The world is on fire. It’s no understatement to say that our people are facing political repression, overwhelming inequality, and climate catastrophe. Corrupt politicians and poisonous systems have robbed us of our ability to live, thrive, and be in abundant ...
  • 2020 Summer Organizer Program – Apply by March 1st! 2020 Summer Organizer Program – Apply by March 1st!
    Do you want to work with trans, gender nonconforming, and queer API people and communities? Do you have a commitment to social justice? Are you ready to transform, learn concrete community organizing skills, and work to build movements for change? The ...
  • Kyle Kyle
    Jan 2020 | Kyle Kyle (he/him) identifies as a queer trans guy and has been involved with APIENC for a year now and became more involved when he joined APIENC’s Trans Justice Committee. Kyle currently works at a tiny biotech startup ...
  • Aloe Aloe
    Dec 2019 | Aloe A member of APIENC’s Core Committee and Trans Justice Working Group, Aloe identifies as a queer and trans person on the ace spectrum.  Outside of APIENC, Aloe works as a legal assistant at a law firm in San ...
  • Reflections from a Summer of Growth 🌱 and Stars✨ Reflections from a Summer of Growth 🌱 and Stars✨
    APIENC’s summer has come to a close! Our Summer Organizers — Huanvy, Kai, Rai, Shreya, T, and Zaha — worked hard deepening their skills, building strong relationships, and learning how to ask for help. They’ve participated in exchanges with other ...