THE YMCA AT VIRGINIA TECH

Recognizing the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to history, culture, and achievements of this nation.

May was chosen in recognition of the immigration of the first Japanese person to the United States on May 7, 1843, and the official completion of the transcontinental railroad—constructed in large part by Chinese immigrants—on May 10, 1869. Today, it is a month that recognizes the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of this nation.

The YMCA at Virginia Tech is aware that anti-Asian hate incidents are prominent on the national level, but the NRV is not immune to their effects. We, by denouncing acts of hate and racism against them, can make a difference and promote positive change by raising awareness and supporting the Asian members of our community.

We are celebrating Asian Pacific Islander Heritage month during May by bringing to you many activities and events. This work is the result of the collaboration of the YMCA at Virginia Tech and the local Asian community.

 

COMMUNITY POEM &

COMMUNITY CARE CIRCLE

 

 

  

Bilingual Story Time!/ 双语故事时间!

Join us for a time of learning and fun! Joelle: NRV story sharer, Ye Ding: Blacksburg Chinese School Principal & Rainbow Riders Childcare Center Bilingual Classroom teacher, Letty Wang-Moore: JHU & BCS Chinese language instructor.
We’ll read stories in both Chinese and English, learn about Chinese culture, and hold several interactive activities! Don’t miss it!

Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/111592407665714?ref=newsfeed

 

 

MEET OUR COMMUNITY MEMBERS

 

Fred Hoshiyama lived his entire life in association with the Y.
Born in 1914, Hoshiyama worked for the Y for 39 years—from 1941 through 1980—except for his time in a government internment camp during WWII. Even then, he kept the Y with him, helping to create YMCA-based programs to help address the social, educational and recreational needs of the Japanese-Americans imprisoned there.
Hoshiyama was the founder and national director of the YMCA’s National Youth Program Using Mini-Bikes and also helped to establish the National Association of Student YMCAs in the 1970s, revitalizing the YMCA student movement.

CHILDREN’S VIRTUAL ART GALLERY

Visit the virtual art gallery featuring artwork by local school children

Alicia Tham
Andy Sun
Jacey Zuo
Jamie Zuo
Andy Sun
Jerry Zuo
Jerry Zuo
Kyler Williams
Kyler Williams
Kyler Williams
Kyler Williams
Kyler Williams
Zhuzhu Zhang
Annabelle Cao
Alex Li
Ryan Li
Ryan Zhao
Yüè Zhong
Yüè Zhong
Ryan Li
Jacqueline Hou
Jacqueline Wang
Juju Yang
Sofia Zhu
Sofia Zhu
Sofia Zhu
Erik Midkiff
Victoria Midkiff
Marina Li
Yüè Zhong
Yüè Zhong
Grace Li

GET INVOLVED

STANDING UP TO HARASSMENT

Experiences of harassment build up over time for people, and harassment can chip away at a person and at a community. Together, we can contribute to sending the message that hate, including racism and xenophobia, is unacceptable in all of its forms. Whether you are a bystander and want to intervene or a person concerned that you might be a target of harassment these training workshops will give you the tools to stand up to harassment.

BYSTANDER INTERVENTION

TO STOP ANTI-ASIAN AND XENOPHOBIC HARASSMENT

The one-hour, interactive training will teach you Hollaback!’s 5D’s of bystander intervention methodology. We’ll start by talking about the types of disrespect that Asian and Asian American folks are facing right now — from microaggressions to violence — using a tool we call the “spectrum of disrespect.” You’ll learn what to look for and the positive impact that bystander intervention has on individuals and communities. We’ll talk through five strategies for intervention: distract, delegate, document, delay, and direct; and how to prioritize your own safety while intervening. We’ll have time at the end for practice, and you’ll leave feeling more confident intervening the next time you see Anti-Asian/American harassment online or in person.

TRAINING DATES AND TIMES: (Spaces fill up fast so make sure to register early)

HOW TO RESPOND TO HARASSMENT

FOR PEOPLE EXPERIENCING ANTI-ASIAN/AMERICAN HARASSMENT TRAINING WORKSHOP

Many Asian/Americans want to know — how do I take care of myself when I experience harassment? If that’s a question you’re asking — this training is for you.

During this one-hour, highly interactive training you’ll learn Hollaback!’s methodology for responding to harassment: 1) Trust your Instincts, 2) Reclaim Your Space, and 3) Practice Resilience. You’ll learn how your identities can shape your experience of harassment and the impact that harassment has on you and your community as a whole. We’ll talk about what to look for when assessing your safety, and how to determine if responding in the moment is the right action or not. We’ll also take a deep dive into how to build your resilience on an individual, interpersonal, organizational, community, and societal front. You’ll leave with new tools on how to respond to harassment, whether your response is in the moment while that harassment is happening or long-term.

TRAINING DATES AND TIMES: (Spaces fill up fast so make sure to register early)

Want to learn more? See Hollaback!’s guide here which discusses the role bystanders can play, what privilege is, reasons why people don’t take action, and Hollaback! 5D’s of bystander intervention.

Virtual Townhall

If you missed it you can view HERE:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zclKEPUCYuA