Tag: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Simply Good: Honoring Asian Pacific And Jewish Americans

Did you know there are more than 300,000 Asian-American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander U.S. veterans living today? Neither did I!

For the 2021 observance of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the Federal Asian Pacific Council (FAPAC) chose Advancing Leaders through Public Service as its theme, focusing on Asian Pacific Americans who are impacting their communities through purpose-driven service. This year’s campaign is also shining a spotlight on those communities who have been combating heightened persecution since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jewish Americans are also honored each May with nationwide events and exhibits celebrating their influence on American history and culture. This year’s observance will recognize how diverse communities have stood up for Jewish Americans in the battle against antisemitism, as well as the ways this community is combating discrimination from others in all of its forms.

The articles we’ve selected this month provide an opportunity to learn more about these influential people groups and the struggles they face today. Education leads to awareness, which is key in recognizing and diminishing our own biases against those outside of our circles. Only when we do that can we, as individuals, affect real change in the world around us.

PS – My book, UNBIAS: Addressing Unconscious Bias at Work, is now available! Click here to order.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

Simply Good: Year In Review

What. A. Year.

Of course, I don’t have to tell you that. We’ve all walked through a global pandemic, social unrest, economic crisis, and a highly-charged and divisive presidential election. When 2020 makes it into our history books, it will no doubt be a lengthy chapter.

However, we get to choose what posture we’ll take moving forward. We can dwell in the muck and the mire of an unprecedented year, or we can reflect on the goodness, tenacity, and revolutionary changes that have resulted from, or in spite of, these unfathomable circumstances. 

We at Rework Work are choosing the latter, which is why we’ve collected Simply Good’s top 10 articles of 2020. These stories are great reminders that trials can produce perseverance based on how we handle them, and with perseverance we can do powerful things.

 

Simply Good: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Edition

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, which gives us the opportunity to pay tribute to generations of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who have helped shape our nation’s history. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Unite our Nation by Empowering Equality,” a somewhat timely message, as the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has made ‘unity’ the mantra of our time.

The theme struck me. How do we empower equality? Empowered equality goes beyond equal treatment — which often disregards backgrounds and life experiences — to acknowledge and embrace differences that make our society ‘whole.’

The stories I’m sending you this month are evidence of this idea — that our unity is stronger when it’s made up of diverse parts. We hope you enjoy these stories in honor of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, whose rich history and culture have dramatically influenced our own.

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