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AALEAD Youth Making Lumpia

Learning through Lumpia

By Diane Bui, MD Middle School Program Coordinator Photos Courtesy of Diane Bui Growing up in my household, there were two guarantees: smiles were easy to come by and the food was always delicious. My parents came from the Philippines and Vietnam, and one sure way to always get mine and my sister’s attention was […]

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AALEAD Staffgiving

An Asian American LEAD Thanksgiving

By Neel Saxena, Development & Communications Director Photos Courtesy of AALEAD Staff Growing up, every Thanksgiving I would sit at my parent’s dining room table surrounded by freshly fried samosas, simmering matter paneer, spicy chicken biryani, and canned cranberry sauce – all the while wondering why I couldn’t have a “normal” thanksgiving meal like they […]

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Eileen Chen, VA Programs Intern

Dignity and Pride as the AALEAD Family Grows

By Yonsoo Kang, VA Middle School Program Coordinator, and Eileen Chen, VA Programs Intern Photos Courtesy of Yonsoo Kang, Eileen Chen, and the Heinz History Center “…the movements translate to ‘I’m not above you, you’re not above me, we’re side by side, we’re together…’” – LaMont Hamilton, Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow at the Center for Folklife […]

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AALEAD Guitar Workshop

After the Guitar Workshop: Backstage with Bernard and Nanc

  By Ari Pak, MD High School Program Coordinator Photos Courtesy of Ari Pak “Joy can be a joy and sadness can be a sadness… With guitar, I can express as much as what I feel. That’s the attraction of the guitar.”  —Sungha Jung, South Korean Acoustic Guitarist, DCInside Interview, 2008 Walking past an Albert Einstein […]

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