For many years, our nation has recognized Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, and more often than not, I’ve celebrated it the exact same way each year. Most times, I’ve shared mini history lessons or experiences that have guided me with my children—passed down from my parents or grandparents—and we collectively learn more about our Asian culture and heritage. But this year, my focus was different—it was heavy in reflection.

On one end, I was in awe at the rise in Asian representation within entertainment. From Pixar’s Turning Red, by creator and Chinese-born Canadian Domee Shi, to Marvel’s Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings, I am excited my children can see stories with people who look like them on the big screen. But on the other hand, with more national awareness surrounding Asian hate, this year, alongside our regular festivities, I focused on Asian representation within the advocacy and civil rights space, and even sometimes the lack thereof.

  • Our strengths may look and feel different—but we are stronger together.
  • To make an impact, it's crucial to push past discomfort.
  • Find inspiration in new norms and perspectives.

Read the full article about AAPI representation in human rights work by Katherine Brady at Forbes.