The diversity of a Lunar New Year celebration

For the past few weeks, AALEAD after-school programs across DC, MD, and VA have provided different lesson plans & activities for youth to build confidence in their identities by celebrating and reflecting on their own traditions while building respect for other expressions of culture in celebration of Lunar New Year.

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Love Your Heart

February is American Heart Month and in observance of Valentine’s Day, AALEAD’s Executive Director, Neel, writes a special blog post about our Asian American Heart.

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An afternoon of discussion at Annandale HS

Today, we wanted to shine a spotlight on the Annandale High School youth who have been pretty busy as of late. The latest workshop we had focused on racism and Orientalism in Hip-Hop music. Together we discussed the ideas of cultural appropriation versus cultural exchange, and how appropriation possesses a difference in power dynamics that is not inherent in cultural exchange.

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Intern Spotlight: A final reflection!

For the past months in the Fall semester, Aaron & Zesen had been interning with our DC Programs team under the supervision of Charles Kuo, our DC Programs Manager. Aaron & Zesen are both currently attending School Without Walls High School in DC, and both have participated in AALEAD Programming previously when they were younger. As Aaron & Zesen wrapped up their internship, they also spent some time reflecting on their journey with AALEAD.

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