“Aren’t All Asians Alike?”: A Webinar on Asian Hate

The Sound Health Mental Facility in Seattle, WA hosted a webinar called, “Aren’t All Asians All Alike?” on February 21. Presentor Jolene Jang discusses in this 90-minute program the issues with stereotyping, profiling, and violence against Asians, Asian-Americans, and Pacific Islanders. This webinar was also interactive, which meant that the attendees in the meeting had the ability to ask questions, give input, and share their AAPI experiences. 

Table of Contents Who is Jolene Jang?A Brief History of Asians in AmericaThe Model MinorityWhy Some Asians Don’t Speak UpWhat You Can Do on Your Journey of Amplifying AAPI Voices Who is Jolene Jang? 

Jolene Jang is an Asian-American educator and inclusivity consultant. Born and raised in Seattle, Jang came from a disproportionate school system. Encompassing mostly white Americans, Jang felt unseen in her community and in soci…

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33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards – Live in New York

Join the 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York on May 6th. This award show honors the inclusion of LGBTQIA+ representation, issues, and voices. 

The nominations range from TV to film to artists and authors. Eight streaming services are nominated for 63 nominations: Hulu with 7 nominees, Netflix with 17 nominations, and HBO/HBO Max with the highest count – 19. Peacock, ABC, and MSNBC received 4 nominations. Also, Spanish-language services Univision and Telemundo received two nominations. 

Because of the grotesque nature of today’s society, most of the GLAAD nominations center around gender equality and transgender rights and empowerment. For instance, 30 television shows were nominated and 18 of those TV shows feature transgender and/or nonbinary characters. This includes shows like Y: The Last Man, Queer Eye, and Sex Education. And over 50 nominees for the 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards include LGBTQIA+ people of color. 

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Bong Joon-Ho Movies to Watch After ‘Parasite’

Parasite, directed by Bong Joon-Ho, became the first foreign-language film to ever win an Academy Award. Joon-Ho's victory unified foreign films and Hollywood blockbusters, which also signified a big win for international filmmakers. As of 2022, Joon-Ho’s recent movie has been Parasite. However, he created many critically-acclaimed films in the past, which are also worth watching. 

Memories of Murder: Bad Cop, Bad Cop

The first movie I knew Joon-Ho by (and is personally one of my favorites) is Memories of Murder (2003). Loosely based on South Korea's first serial murder, this crime thriller addresses systemic dysfunction and injustice in law enforcement. Two detectives try to figure out who’s targeting and murdering women in a South Korean province. However, they have to solve this case when forensic technology was non-existent. A year after its release, Bong Joon-Ho's haunting masterpiece became a cult film. It’s incredibly chilling, frustrating, and depres…

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Earth Day Activities to Do with Children

Earth Day.

While you' re here check out our other posts on Blistey linked below where you can find environmentalists to ensure you remain informed as well as ways you can become more sustainable.

It's here! The day commemorated with the honor of  spreading awareness on how we as a population can better the environmental crises we face. Now- it's a heavy topic. It's not easy to go through all the forms of destruction we have created and its post effects, which is why this topic can be especially intimidating for children. (Personal Note: I  was one of those children who was terrified of natural disasters and environmental changes even before global warming and climate change was introduced to me, so I can only imagine how many others have felt the same way.) This is why explaining the causes of these changes and what we can do to help is so imperative. But let's be honest, what child has the attention span …
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Must Read Books with Autistic and Special Needs Characters

Must Read Books with Autistic and Special Needs Characters

As we get closer to April 16th, we approach a national holiday that truly means more than can ever be expressed: National Library Day. Silly to some, but a day to celebrate a safe haven for others. Words, books, and therefore libraries have never closed its doors on anyone and to recognize this inclusivity is what is most bright about this day. As we continue to share all of the national holidays that April has to offer, we also keep autism awareness along with it as well as the awareness for all special needs people. Which is why we recommend you celebrate National Library Day in the most authentic way one can- by allowing words to open the perspective of those with Autism and Special needs. Though fictional, the following books are intriguing, heartbreaking, and grounding when it comes to the stories of these characters lives.

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Protect Our Earth: 7 Environmentalists You Need To Follow

Sustainable living and environmental activism continue to be trending topics for young adults and adolescents. While certain topics like climate change and global warming should be researched beyond social media, some people use their knowledge on the topic and share it with the younger generation. 

Here are some social media accounts to follow if you want to learn more about sustainability and climate change: 

JHÁNNEU

Jhánneu uses her platform to introduce people to low waste, budget-friendly, and sustainable methods. For instance, she shows her followers how to regrow vegetables, what sustainable household products to use, and even teaches people how to create a realistic shopping budget. 

Taylor Bright

Taylor Bright, also known as “sustainablecherub” on TikTok, is a creator who focuses on sustainable fashion. She voices her opinions on popular fashion trends that are actually harmful to the environment. 

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Simple, Easy Ways to Be Kind to Our Environment

I’ve seen my fair share of “refilling” and “organization” sustainability videos on Pinterest, TikTok, and other social media platforms, and while it can be harmless, it can also deter others from wanting to become low waste. I mean, all I saw on the popular "sustainability" trends were people with all glass containers in their pantries and refrigerators, with a beautiful metal container to hold their food scraps and a plethora of Stasher bags in their drawers.

For the average person, that’s expensive! One sandwich-sized Stasher bag is about $13. A “Family Starter Pack,” filled with 13 bags is $205. If you want to pay for that, that’s absolutely fine. I’m not dogging on the Stasher brand because they’re an amazing company with innovative products. And you can definitely buy them...if you want to and have the money. But this whole “zero waste aesthetic” can easily turn into “Look at how much money I have.” 

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Products to Help with Sensory Overload

Products to Help with Sensory Overload

As we move into April we celebrate a month, but generally, simple ways to aid those with autism are not discussed.

We hope that you will take the time to read a few products that you could add to your homes, workplaces and schools on the chance that someone with autism needs a little cool down session. 

Autism Defined

Autism is defined as a developmental disorder that impedes the mental growth of a person and in turn makes them "not regular" in comparison to other "normal" individuals. However, what is most important to remember is that every person who has autism is completely different from the next, and therefore comparison is not a helpful guide. Although there are categories, or levels, of diagnosis-it does not mean that every individual with autism will have the…

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How Special Needz Coffee Breaks the Stigma Against Autism

The United Nations dedicated April 2 to recognizing people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This year for Autism Awareness Day, we’re highlighting a business that employs 95 percent of people with mental disabilities and encourages others to remove the stigma against mental disorders. 

Serving Coffee with a Purpose

Special Needz Coffee is an Ontario-based coffee truck that employs people with mental disorders. They name their drinks after mental disorders to “raise awareness and empower individuals who live with these challenges” (Special Needz Coffee). The purpose is also to diminish the stigma associated with mental illness.

People say their coffee orders all the time, right? And it’s done with no hesitation, no awkwardness, and no embarrassment. I think Special Needz Coffee wants people to feel the same about mental disorders. Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder aren’t bad words. Sa…

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Bloom into Spring

Bloom into Spring 

"If you look the right way, you'll see that the whole world is a garden"- Frances Hodgson Burnett

 

By now most of us have adjusted our clocks. The birds have began to sing in the early morning and there is noticeably more dew on every blade of grass in sight. Which can only mean one thing. It's time to get the rain boots out and begin shoveling away the winter soil. When sprucing up your garden and home this spring season, look towards the following businesses to help you welcome the pollen winds and fresh blooms

Gye Nyame House

Though Kei, creator of Gye Nyame House designs only processes orders through her Etsy shop, her plant potters are a must have if you have a minimalistic color palette around your home. She hand paints terra cotta pots using black, white, and gold paint to create chic, stylistic linear desig…

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