Importance of Language Access

I am a first-generation Hmong-American due to the selflessness of my parents, who gave up everything that they knew in their homeland to immigrate to the United States, all for a better opportunity to provide for my siblings and me. For those who are unaware, the Hmong people are an ethnic minority within the Asian community, typically residing in Southeast Asia – my parents for example were born in Laos but lived in a refugee camp located in Thailand.

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The iNCite Workshop Experience: Intergenerational Solidarity

I’ve always thought of myself as a creative person, but you wouldn’t know that if you’ve encountered me during my undergraduate years. My time spent at UNC-Chapel Hill has been consumed by a deep dive into service, student organizing, and becoming involved with various political and civic engagement-related initiatives. Over the past three years, any impulse to write a story or poem was pushed down for the sake of “productivity” — with studying, work, or meetings always taking precedent. As I head into my final year as an undergraduate, I’m realizing what a misstep ignoring my creative impulses was. Storytelling provides so much opportunity for both expression and advocacy. 

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NCAAT Summer Youth Workshops offer space to reflect on our family histories

Growing up as a child of immigrants in the U.S., sometimes I felt like an outcast.

Often as a Mexican-American, I thought only folks from Latin America had immigration stories and struggles — these struggles ranged from language barriers, diasporas among immigrant children, culture shock, etc. As I got older, I realized this narrative of only Latinx immigrants being here was not true. I never thought folks from different backgrounds would have such similar immigration stories as I do.

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North Carolina Asian Americans Together (NCAAT) asks our Asian American community members to join us in permanent solidarity with Black communities. 

North Carolina Asian Americans Together (NCAAT) asks our Asian American community members to join us in permanent solidarity with Black communities.    George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Ahmad Arbery. Akai Gurley. Trayvon Martin. Sandra Bland. Alton Sterling. Philandro Castille. Tamir Rice. Aiyana Jones. Akiel Jenkins. Tony McDade. These are but a few of the endless list…

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Changes to “Public Charge” regulation targets immigrants of color, favors money over family

Trump policy to be officially published tomorrow will force immigrants to choose between basic needs and being with their families. RALEIGH, NC, Aug 13, 2019 — North Carolina Asian Americans Together (NCAAT) strongly opposes the Trump administration’s changes to the “Public Charge” rule, which was unofficially released yesterday. This policy unfairly targets immigrants of color…

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NCAAT Statement on SCOTUS decision regarding citizenship question on Census 2020

North Carolina Asian Americans Together (NCAAT) is deeply concerned about the possible inclusion of the citizenship question on the 2020 Census.  The U.S. Supreme Court ruling today, allowing a lower court to determine if a citizenship question can be included on the census, could have far reaching implications for Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities…

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