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19th Surgeon General of the United States and Wellness Advocate Dr. Vivek H. Murthy Teams Up With Actor and Activist Maulik Pancholy to Fight Bullying in the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community

Dr. Murthy Joins Advisory Council of Asian American and Pacific Islander Anti-Bullying Nonprofit Act To Change

Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, 19th Surgeon General of the United States

During National Bullying Prevention Month, anti-bullying nonprofit Act To Change is pleased to announce that Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, 19th Surgeon General of the United States, joins its inaugural Advisory Council. Act To Change, which became a nonprofit in 2018, aims to stop and prevent bullying in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. It is co-founded by actor, activist, and children’s book author (The Best At It) Maulik Pancholy.

“We are so thrilled to have Dr. Murthy join Act To Change’s Advisory Council. Since the very beginning, Dr. Murthy has been an avid supporter of our mission to end bullying in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community,” says Pancholy. “With a rise in bullying and hate crimes across the country, our work is more important now than ever. With Dr. Murthy’s exceptional background and passion for emotional wellness and public health, he will be an invaluable partner in our movement to ensure that all youth feel proud of who they are, supported in the development of their identity, and empowered to share their stories.”

Says Dr. Murthy, “I’ve seen firsthand how bullying can have harsh consequences for the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of children and adults. Bullying is a significant public health challenge facing our country. We need to advocate for and support the victims of bullying while also seeking to understand and address the perpetrators who are often struggling themselves.  I look forward to working with Act To Change to build more inclusive spaces for youth and communities.”

Act To Change initially launched in 2015 as a public awareness campaign under President Obama’s White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in which Dr. Murthy served as co-chair and Pancholy served as a Commissioner. “On a personal note, I am excited to partner with Dr. Murthy to continue the work we started during our time together in the Obama Administration,” says Pancholy.

Since its launch, the nonprofit has organized nationwide events — including a Los Angeles-based Strength in Solidarity Youth Conference this month; led the first-ever national AAPI Day Against Bullying and Hate with participation from major cities and organizations throughout the country; and collaborated with celebrities, research groups, and leaders across all sectors to grow awareness of the need for bullying prevention. 

During his tenure as Surgeon General, Dr. Murthy launched the TurnTheTide campaign, catalyzing a movement among health professionals to address the nation’s opioid crisis. He also issued the first Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, calling for expanded access to prevention and treatment and for recognizing addiction as a chronic illness, not a character flaw. Dr. Murthy continued his office’s legacy on preventing tobacco-related disease, releasing a historic Surgeon General’s Report on e-cigarettes and youth. In 2017, Dr. Murthy focused his attention on focused loneliness and chronic stress  as prevalent problems that have profound implications for health, productivity, and happiness. An internal medicine physician and entrepreneur, he has co-founded a number of organizations: VISIONS, an HIV/AIDS education program in India; Swasthya, a community health partnership in rural India training women as health providers and educators; software company TrialNetworks; and Doctors for America. 

Dr. Murthy received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard and his MD and MBA degrees from Yale. He completed his internal medicine residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and later joined Harvard Medical School as faculty in internal medicine. His research focused on vaccine development and later on the participation of women and minorities in clinical trials. Dr. Murthy’s book Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World, will be published by HarperCollins in April 2020. Dr. Murthy resides in Washington DC with his wife Dr. Alice Chen and their two young children.

Divisions Inside the United : A Story of Bullying

The year after I went on my first visit to India, I started school. In 2008, kids in New Jersey of AAPI descent had been raised to integrate into society, and barely any visited their home country. As we teens call it, I was practically “fresh off the boat”. 

I remember the first day of kindergarten so clearly. I had 5 different tables I could choose to sit at. Some days, I look back and wonder what would have happened had I sat at the table near the door. But I instinctively chose the one with an Indian girl sitting at it. I thought we would click right away. Wrong. 

Every day, I went to school and forgot who I was. I followed orders from a girl who told me I couldn’t draw. I blindly continued to want to please her. I was innocent and thought this would help us become better friends. Eventually, I realized she was doing this so she could gain attention from the popular girls and show them she had her own “clique” too.

By the time I finally escaped the endless cycle of torture, which took a very long 3 years, more Asians started moving into my town. I started to have two types of friends: my friends outside of school who were in-tune to their Indian roots, and my friends in school who were very Americanized. 

I couldn’t fit into either of these categories, and it made me feel more isolated than ever. I didn’t know how to balance being a typical American kid in school, versus being as cultured amongst my friends outside of it. 

 

I had two lives when I was younger: one which embraced my Indian culture, and one which tried to fit into the norms of school because of my experience with bullying.

I’ve learned to embrace both sides of me equally by talking about it and learning a lot of people go through the same experience. I’m happier than I ever could have been.

 

For most, this cycle of self-doubt never ends. Once you start becoming too much like your American counterparts, the friends from the temple start thinking you aren’t like them, and vice versa. It’s like treading eggshells. 

The worst part was, I didn’t know who to talk to about it. I didn’t know if my friends would understand, because they were part of the problem. My parents defined struggle as moving an entire family into a whole new place, not social issues. So I ended up chained to a dark place inside of me, feeling like there was no way out. Even when I tried to call for help, my voice seemed to echo off of empty walls. Who would believe that I was getting bullied by another Indian girl? I couldn’t believe it myself. 

I’ve noticed there’s a stereotype for bullying. People think of a white person making fun of someone from this community for how they look or their culture. It goes off the radar when members of the same community. It can even be scarier talking about bullies inside your own ethnic community because it’s so unorthodox. So as October’s Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, try to talk to someone if you’ve gone through something like this. You’re not alone.

Esha Peer is a fellow of the New Jersey Leadership Program, a non-partisan, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to promoting South Asian American youth participation and education at the local level of government in the State of New Jersey, and a junior at the South Brunswick High School. She is the president of her class, editor-in-training of her school newspaper, and an active member of a cultural club in her school, the Asian Cultural Club. Esha loves to travel and travel vlog, write, dance, and watch movies. Esha also loves politics. She hopes to study international relations or business in the future. 

Meet Act To Change’s Maulik Pancholy at your local bookstore

Act To Change Co-Founder and Chairman Maulik Pancholy will be releasing his debut middle grade novel, THE BEST AT IT, on October 8. Published by HarperCollins Publishers/Balzer + Bray, the book recounts the story of Rahul Kapoor, a gay Indian American middle school boy coming into his own in a small town in the Midwest.

Come meet Maulik in person as he tours nationally this fall. Locations and dates include:

  • New York, NY – October 7 at 6pm, Books of Wonder / 18th Street
  • Doylestown, PA – October 8 at 6pm, Doylestown Bookshop
  • Dayton, OH – October 11 at 7pm, Books & Co
  • Denver, CO – October 14 at 6pm, Book Bar
  • Los Angeles, CA – October 16 at 6:30pm, Vroman’s Bookstore
  • Washington, DC – October 29 at 7pm, Politics and Prose

Click here for more information.

Maulik Pancholy is an award-winning actor whose television credits include “30 Rock,” “Whitney,” “Elementary,” “The Good Wife,” “The Comeback,” “The Sopranos,” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” among others. He is also the voice of Baljeet on the Emmy Award–winning animated series, “Phineas and Ferb,” and of Sanjay on “Sanjay and Craig.”

Strength in Solidarity: We’ve been there, too.

 

Often times, it can feel like the language of hate is deafening and isolating. It can make you feel like what makes you different is something to be ashamed of, or something that keeps you from connecting with others.

Act To Change wants you to find your voice, and seek strength in your community and your identity. We will host Strength in Solidarity: Building Communities of Kindness, an anti-bullying youth conference open to ages 14-18 and early college students, on Saturday, October 26, 9am-12:30pm, at the Teach for America Offices in Los Angeles. We aim to help students just like you find pride in your heritage and become leaders in your own communities! 

This event will remind you that you are not alone, and that hate arises out of a sense of fear and weakness. Through this event, Act To Change encourages you to celebrate your identity and listen to the stories of those who have experienced the same, or similar, situations.

Our keynote speaker will be actress Punam Patel from Netflix’s SPECIAL. Fresh Off the Boat actor Hudson Yang will join a panel of professionals in the arts, education, public service, and more, sharing their stories and advice around bullying. 

And there will be three workshops that you can choose from: (1) Identity in Political Leadership/Civic Engagement, (2) Expressing Identity through Creative Writing, (3) Expressing Identity through Art and Poetry.

All three workshops aim to help you fully own your identity, and be able to express it constructive ways!

We hope to ignite a passion that motivates you to foster a community of love that can effectively counter and overcome the hate that seems ever-present the current political climate. Know that you are capable of this change, and know that you can be the one to bridge gaps between differences. 

Register at http://bit.ly/ATCOct2019 and join us on October 26 to create a more inclusive climate that is welcoming to all identities. 

 

Thank you to our sponsor:

TFA Corps Members: Earn 4 DEI credits for attending!

Bullying Has No Boundaries

By Saad Qureshi, Act to Change Board Member

Pakistan: Akeel

Growing up in Pakistan, I attended an all-boys Catholic school. There, corporal punishment was encouraged. When one of us wasn’t listening or paying attention, my teacher would come around and tell us to hold out our knuckles which he would then slam with a thick ruler. I, of course, was the subject of this punishment several times over the years. 

I was the smallest and youngest kid in my first-grade class. Every day my mom would pack my tiny red lunchbox, which had multiple sections. I would have a sandwich in the large section and my favorite snacks in the little sections. 

Every day when I pulled out my lunch, a boy named Akeel would hover over me and demand that I give him my lunch, or else I would get hit. He also said he would hit me if I told anyone. Sometimes he would eat my lunch and throw out what he didn’t want. Sometimes I would get hit anyway. This went on for months, but it reached a breaking point when Akeel pushed me down on the ground one day, resulting in stitches on my forehead — scars I have to this today.

Flint, Michigan: “Uncle Osama” and David

When I was 10, my family immigrated to the United States. Though I was sad to leave my extended family and friends, I was glad to leave that awful school in Pakistan. 

My uncle at the time was working at General Motors, so the natural place for my family to move to was Flint, Michigan. My family moved into a small house and I attended public school. I have a lot of great memories, but some not-so-nice ones that carry with me to this day.

I was in the sixth grade when the September 11th attacks happened. My least favorite class was gym, where I would wander aimlessly pretending to do some physical activity. That day, I was playing with a basketball when an eighth-grader came over to me and asked why my uncle had attacked his country. I was very confused. He clarified, “Tell your Uncle Osama we’re gonna find him and kill him,” as he snatched the ball out of my hand. I did nothing. I didn’t know his name, just that he was older, bigger and taller than me. 

High school was a blur. My school was fairly diverse, from race and ethnicity to class and socioeconomic status. I came from a low-income household and started my first job at 14 at my family’s gas station. The little money I would make, I saved for college. 

Embarrassed to use my free/reduced lunch card in front of my friends, I would spend a lot of my lunchtime in the library.

A boy named David and his friends would also hang out there. 

One day, I walked in wearing my favorite red and white sweatshirt and jeans. “What the f*** are you wearing?” asked David laughing. “Do you shop at the Goodwill?” (In all honesty, I did buy that sweatshirt at the Goodwill, but how could he tell?) I saw that David was wearing a blue hoodie with an Abercrombie & Fitch logo inscribed on the front. I stopped wearing my red and white hoodie after that day. I stopped hanging out in the library during lunch. I would instead sit with my friends in a distant hallway and eat Combos, pretending I was too cool for real lunch. 

Connecticut: “The Gay Test”

I stayed home for college. My parents told me it would be the cheapest option. I graduated with high honors and made my way to Connecticut to teach. Suddenly, I was not only dealing with lesson plans and grading but everyday student problems. The thing that I was having a hard time defining suddenly became a part of my everyday life. My kids were constantly calling each other names and shouting out threats. I also became a target of this name-calling. My own students began laughing at the way I dressed and walked and talked. I recall a particular moment in advisory period when my students did a “test” to see if I was gay. One student asked me to look at my nails. When I followed through, I began being laughed at. “Mr. you have to face them towards you, if you hold out your hand, that means you’re gay.” You see, bullying does not have an age limit. Eventually, I stopped wearing bowties and bright colors. I’ve even worked to correct my “gay walk” and not look at my nails a certain way.  

Bullying does not have geographical boundaries or age limits. The repeated experiences followed me through my youth in Pakistan to Michigan, and to Connecticut as an educator. 

I thought to myself, I couldn’t do it. There were so many days that I just wanted to give up. I wish I had told someone. I wish I had reached out. I’m glad I kept pushing through. I made my way out. I now work for an organization that welcomes every part of my identity. I live in a city where I don’t have to think twice about the way I dress or walk. I surround myself with friends that are supportive. I block people on social media that leave rude comments on my photos. I do yoga to relax my mind and body. I encourage others as well to avoid spaces that make you feel unsafe and avoid people that make you feel unwelcome. If you’re being bullied or witnessing someone else being bullied, please tell someone. We can only break the cycle of bullying by calling it out and reporting it.   


We’re Looking for a Los Angeles Based Intern!

Led by actor and activist Maulik Pancholy, Act To Change is a national nonprofit dedicated to fighting bullying in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Act To Change’s vision is simple: We envision a world where all youth, including within the AAPI community, have the opportunity to grow up feeling proud and supported in the development of their identity and sharing of their stories. 

Act To Change is seeking a highly motivated, self-sufficient intern to support the planning of Los Angeles-based youth event in October. The start date is immediate. Most work will be done remotely. 

Application deadline: August 28, 2019

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate logistics for a youth event in October in Los Angeles
  • Draft written and visual materials to publicize the event
  • Make calls and draft emails to partners
  • Attend and support the October event (date TBD)
  • Draft and post social media, blog posts, and newsletters
  • Administrative support

Qualifications:

  • Current undergraduate or graduate student
  • Los Angeles area based
  • Professional and resourceful
  • Detail-oriented
  • Can adhere to deadlines

Time commitment: 10-15 hours/week

Compensation*: A stipend of $100/week will be provided.

Apply here by August 28, 2019. 

*The Board reserves the right to reduce or withhold stipend if work is not delivered. 

The Negative Impacts of Bullying on Sleep

Written by Kristina Miladinovic, Sleepline.com

What’s the probability of a class bully to be sleep-deprived and too tired to make good decisions? As scientists tell us, it’s very high. Sleep problems can appear before bullying and they aggravate if more bullying takes place. Both bullies and victims suffer from irregular or insufficient sleep. Learning about good sleep habits and how to instill them helps bullies become less aggressive. On the other hand, victims are more likely to cope with stress better after a good night’s sleep.

Bullying and sleep – the connection

Those who bully typically have untidy sleep schedules. Our sleep has to be long enough, of good quality, and a part of a routine. This means going to bed and getting up at approximately the same time. If the last criterion is not met, the other two can hardly be. 

Poor sleep makes us less sensitive to others and more sensitive to things that happen to us – we deal with stress poorly. This is how bullies become more aggressive and victims become and remain victims.

That’s right, children can become victims if they look tired and “weak” to bullies, which makes them an easy target.

What sleep problems do young people involved in bullying have?

Every child who is involved in bullying experiences sleep problems. This includes bullies, victims, and bully-victims (those who bully and are bullied by other children or adults). These are the most common sleep problems:

  • Insomnia (they can’t fall asleep or remain asleep throughout the night)
  • Bedtime fears (they are afraid of the dark or wake up and are afraid to go back to sleep)
  • Short sleep time (children from 6 to 13 need about 9-11 hours of sleep, and teens aged 14 to 17 need between 8-10 hours). If you are unsure your child is getting enough sleep, seek professional advice.
  • Restless legs syndrome (this disease “doesn’t allow” a child to rest or relax (especially at night) because if he or she attempts to rest, there will be uncomfortable sensations in their legs, urging them to move. This disease makes falling asleep very difficult)
  • Parasomnias (abnormalities like sleepwalking, night terrors, bedwetting, and teeth grinding)
  • Non-restorative sleep (poor quality sleep that does not offer a feeling of freshness and restfulness after sleep)
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness (fatigue, poor concentration, lack of energy and motivation)
  • Sleep-disordered breathing (especially obstructive sleep apnea whose symptoms are snoring and a short stop in breathing which causes waking up. It’s a common problem among bullies and children with ADHD)

Chronic sleep problems are likely to cause anxiety, depression, and lead to poor memory and attention. All of these may severely affect a child – a student who enjoyed learning and going to school may become distant from social activities, with poorer grades and worse sports achievements. 

Poor sleep may cause bullying

When there is more bullying, there are more sleep problems for both bullies and victims. The percentage of children who never experience bullying and have sleep problems is about 25%. However, about 50% of children who cause or experience bullying more than three times a month have sleep problems, and it doesn’t matter if they are a bully or a victim.

So here we need to stop and think – is the act of bullying what causes bullies to sleep poorly after they come home, or is poor sleep making them more aggressive? 

Some studies say that poor sleep can be a trigger of bullying. Someone may have genetic or other predispositions towards aggressiveness but still manage to behave properly when well-rested. This may not be the case after several nights of insufficient sleep. When we are sleep-deprived, we can’t control our emotions well. This means a lack of proper self-conduct for an aggressive person. 

Staying up late often results in non-restorative and insufficient sleep. This is one of the behavioral problems that cause poor sleep – others include external factors such as an abusive family or unacceptable sleeping conditions, like a room that’s too bright, loud or hot. Various health factors or long-lasting untreated sleep disturbances like sleep-disordered breathing can be a cause.

Sleep problems impair the way our brain processes and responds to emotions and stress.

Being introduced to behavioral therapy helps bullies learn how to properly behave during the day and at night, prior to bedtime. This therapy points out all the bad practices and offers healthy choices as a solution. Once good and healthy sleep is established, bullies become less aggressive and more sociable.
Some of the ways to sleep better if you are a bully or being bullied include avoiding social media, TV, computers and other electronic devices in the evening, keeping a regular sleep/wake schedule (even on weekends and holidays), and sleeping in a cool and dark environment.


“I am a Queer Vietnamese American, But Not Always in that Order”

By Viet Tran 

Originally published on the Human Rights Campaign blog.

The diversity of our nation is what makes us stronger and more connected, and immigrants are a part of the beautiful fabric of this country. Throughout history, immigrants have enriched the foundation and culture of the U.S. with our resilient narratives, colorful traditions, and innovative contributions. This Immigrant Heritage Month, let’s celebrate immigrants, their journey and stories.

As a queer Vietnamese immigrant and the child of refugees, during Pride Month and Immigrant Heritage Month I recognize that I am a queer Vietnamese American, but not always necessarily in that order.

The Vietnamese diaspora carries a heavy history marked by war-torn stories, unspoken trauma and unfamiliar transitions in new homes and customs across the globe. My own story starts with my parents.

After the fall of Saigon in 1975, my father was incarcerated in so-called “re-education camps.” My mother, the only daughter out of seven children, worked to support her family while also pursuing education. She eventually became one of Saigon’s most respected educators and teachers.

It was in the early 1990s when my parents sought asylum to the U.S. However, after enduring years of austere conditions and trauma in the incarceration camps, my father would not make the trip abroad with my mother and me.

They named me “Tran Hoai Viet,” after my father, but my name also translated to “Eternally Vietnam” — a powerful reminder to always remember the country we left.

Immigrant, Vietnamese, Viet Tran, queer

Though I was born abroad, I grew up in the U.S. and, like many other immigrants and first-generation folks, I struggle to navigate and reconcile my Vietnamese roots and my American upbringing.

When I first came out as gay, I was afraid of the ways it would further complicate my multiple identities and two distinct cultures and traditions.

To me, being a queer Vietnamese immigrant means that my coming out experience is a lifelong and ongoing process and oftentimes a two-front battle. In 2008, I came out to my friends in English. In 2018, I came out to my mom — yet this second time was entirely in Vietnamese. It was important to me to come out to my immigrant mother in a language that she understood best.

Heavy cultural expectations and language barriers made my coming out process even more challenging as someone who was navigating at the intersections of being queer, Vietnamese, American and an immigrant.

Many LGBTQ API immigrants will often share similar experiences and challenges. Many of us are at the cusp of two hemispheres, two generations, two tongues and, in many cases, two lives. The process to reconcile our multiple identities and experiences sometimes extends a lifetime.

As I honor Immigrant Heritage Month and my own story, I recognize that there is still a need for more representation and visibility across the spectrum. This Immigrant Heritage Month and Pride Month, I encourage you to explore your own heritage and history, honor the contributions of your communities and share your story to take on the challenges that we still face today.

For more information about the unique experiences of LGBTQ API youth in the U.S., click here. To read more about navigating the intersectional experience of coming out as LGBTQ for API people, click here.

Happy Asian Pacific American Heritage Month!

This month, we highlight the cultures, accomplishments, and challenges faced by the roughly 20 million Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) people in the United States. Every year, Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) keeps me grounded by reminding me of why I’m so passionate about social justice and advocating for the AANHPI community. The stories that come up this month, stories of (s)heroism, love, and triumph against overwhelming odds, teach me that it’s okay to be bold and to dream big – that it isn’t naive to work towards a world where nobody ever has to feel the crushing pain of being the target of bullying.

One of the lifelong effects of bullying is its ability to strip you of your self-confidence, to tell you in so many ways that you are somehow just not “enough.”

I grew up in an affluent suburb of Orange County, CA where the demographics were rapidly changing. At school, my classrooms were diverse and I never felt alone on the basis of my identity as the son of Chinese and Taiwanese immigrants. That’s not to say we all got along though, as the majority of my bullying was at the hands of Korean American kids. I remember being called a “chink” hundreds of times from third grade through my senior year of high school, but it was never by any of my white peers. In this way, adults in organizations that have neglected to disaggregate their AANHPI data, fail to understand a fact that children grasp easily — the AANHPI community is not a monolith.

It is in these moments where I am also reminded that coalition-building and allyship is built into the history of the Asian American identity. Student activists in the 1960s coined the term in an effort to build solidarity across various Asian communities, and to organize with the larger Third World Liberation Front movements on the West Coast.

This history drives me to seek out and advocate for spaces where AANHPI people can come together to build community and relationships, even as I negotiate the fear and hesitation that comes from my childhood bullying in these spaces.

For over a year in Los Angeles, I’ve been part of a community of AANHPI educators and education enthusiasts who have met for monthly brunches to share stories with one another. Not long after we began meeting, we began to envision what it would look like to organize our own conference – one where we could center AANHPI experiences and narratives in the conversation about K-12 educational equity, a topic that is often framed as affecting “black/brown communities”. This framing, at best obscures, and at worst erases, the impact of inequitable education systems and public policies on AANHPI students across the country.

When we started, we had no money, no content, no speakers, and no venue. None of us were being paid to work on this, we were all juggling this in a volunteer capacity in addition to our full-time jobs. But working for six months together and leaning on the strength of our relationships, we had over eighty participants with affiliations from communities all across California attend our SoCal AANHPI Educators Summit: Inward, Outward, Onward.

There’s a lot of things we did at the Summit that I’m proud of. Our content was designed by and for AANHPI teachers, we catered from AANHPI restaurants, everyone got a boba during the closing session, I really could go on and on. But I think more than anything, I’m just proud of the fact that we pulled it off. We created a space based on a need we identified, and AANHPI educators from across Southern California came because it spoke to them.

I firmly believe in the power of human relationships as the foundation for any kind of successful organization or movement. I also believe that we have more power and potential to do good than we ourselves can even recognize, especially if we have been the targets of bullying, whether visibly by other people or invisibly by larger systems of oppression.

At the start of this month I received an email asking me a question credited to the Anpao Duta Flying-Earth of Native American Community Academy. The question was, “What kind of ancestors do we want to be?” This 2019 APAHM, I invite you all to answer that question with me as we work towards a brighter future for our diverse AANHPI communities. A future where bullying does not exist because of the work done by each and every one of us. We are and have always been, uniquely and powerfully, enough.

Richard Leong

Act to Change Board Member

APAHM Week Kickoff with Act to Change

Join Act To Change in Washington DC to kick off Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) Week!

Come kick off Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) Week in Washington DC with Act To Change, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting bullying in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Hear from Act To Change Chairman and Co-Founder Maulik Pancholy as well as other board members about our upcoming activities, including AAPI Day Against Bullying and Hate on May 18.

Interested? Buy tickets here for a suggested tax-deductible donation of $20.

Learn more about updates on our event through Facebook