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🎉 A Reason To Celebrate! 🎊
Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month is drawing to a close, so I wanted to share my gratitude with all of you.
And “share” is the perfect word for it, because sharing is central to this newsletter.
Although we’re only about three months in since launch, the engagement we’ve had with this community has been remarkable. I want to sincerely thank you for your support for us here at The Big Picture.
Your enthusiasm and participation have been the driving force behind this endeavor. And a special shout-out to our paid supporters! You make our work here possible.
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We at Team Takei have shared our personal experiences, from my own essay about America’s history of scapegoating the Asian American community, to pieces like "Autism And Me" and "How Fox News Stole Our Parents. We also went beyond the headlines to explore the rhetoric of anti-LGBTQ+ hate, the rise of Christian nationalism, and even green funerals.
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I began this AANHPI Heritage Month fresh off my time in London, where I performed in Allegiance, a musical inspired by my own childhood experiences. And as we close out the month, I wanted to do a little something special.
For every new paid subscription we get from this post, we will donate a portion of proceeds to Stop AAPI Hate, a charity that is combating the increased threats against our Asian American friends and family.
Thank you once again for being an integral part of this incredible Substack community. Together, we have the power to create positive change.
Wishing you the very best this AANHPI Heritage Month!