New video storytelling campaign aims to raise the voice of AAPI – KIRO 7 news Seattle


SEATTLE – May is Pacific Island Heritage Month for Asian Americans and a new awareness campaign has been launched with the goal of making the voice of AAPI heard.

The video storytelling campaign, titled “Our Stories Are Your Stories,” showcases the diversity of the AAPI community. And he wants to hear from other members of the community.

“We know that members of the AAPI community are suffering right now. They feel isolated, focused and scared. And we wanted to do something to uplift them and make them feel like they are supported, ”said Mari Horita, one of the AAPI women behind the campaign.

“I think we also wanted to make a kind of call to action,” said Mimi Gan, another woman from AAPI on the volunteer leadership team.

Horita and Gan said they hope to heal the AAPI community and encourage solidarity.

“If we can use that, not only to bring AAPIs together, but to know that we need to support each other.” We need to support other communities, ”Gan added.

The campaign features prominent voices like former Seahawks Doug Baldwin who identifies as black and Filipino.

“I spent a lot of time with my grandmother and my grandfather on my mother’s side. I had all the traditional food, the lumpia, the pancit, the chicken adobo. It’s a big part of who I am today, for sure, ”Baldwin shares in the video.

The campaign highlights all the different experiences that make up the AAPI community, with representation from over 50 countries and different languages, customs and cultures.

“We hope that people develop a greater sense of connection and empathy and quite frankly a society that is kinder to each other is the ultimate goal,” said Horita.

You can share your stories by recording a video of yourself, sharing it on social media, and tagging @OurStoriesAreYourStories, @winglukemuseum and #OSAYS.

These stories will also live on forever as part of the Wing Luke Museum’s oral history archive.

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