By Keo Xiong, MD Middle School Program Coordinator
Photos by Keo Xiong, MD Middle School Program Coordinator
As our Maryland Middle School youth head into week three of after-school programs, AALEADers at Parkland are starting their lessons on Asian American history and cultures. This week, AALEADers learned about Asian and Pacific Islander American facts. Youth also discussed the use of social media in their everyday lives, and how messages can be conveyed through social media. Social media sites such as Youtube and Tumblr provide an effective platform for marginalized and underrepresented voices and experiences to be heard and seen. Asian Americans, a historically excluded presence in American society, popular culture, and history, are making a name for themselves, and gaining a large following, by using such social media sites (i.e. Wung Fu Productions on youtube, Angry Asian Man blog, etc.)
AALEAD youth would like to share APIA facts through social media, and will be making more in the near future. Youth worked in small groups to design posters with APIA facts for this fun photo project for our own media site, the AALEAD blog. Enjoy!