ISSUE #11 - May 17, 2019

Hello!

We have many new readers this week - welcome to Amplify! I’m excited to connect you to fun and informative events and resources, drop some wisdom in ‘Perspective’ and share articles that inspire us to continue reaching our goals.

Next week, I’ll share an exciting update about Amplify that you don’t want to miss.

Happy reading!

Audrey Galo
Creator & Writer of Amplify
Founder of AG Voiced (new website is under construction!)

Resources

[Virtual]
[webinar] WED, May 22, 10:00 AM - Bridging the Gender Gap Through Financial Planning
[video] “They Got Now: What it Takes to Level Up Early” by Mayra Ocampo at the 2019 Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit
[video] Countering the Negative Image of Women in Computing by Fay Cobb Payton
[video] Why hearing NO is the best thing for you right now by Nadia De Ala

[San Francisco Bay Area]
TH, May 23, 4:00 PM, San Jose, Free - Women in Technology International (WITI) Bay Area Coffee Meetup
TUE, May 28, 5:30 PM, Mountain View, $12 - Alpha Girls and One Word Stories
WED, May 29, 4:00 PM, SF, Free - POC @ Okta Presents: Asian/API Cultural Heritage Month Celebration
WED, May 29, 6:00 PM, SF, Donation - Women Who Kick Ass: a storytelling night
WED, May 29, 6:30 PM, SF, $10 - Film Screening & Discussion | THE UPRISING
WED, May 29, 6:30 PM, San Jose, Free - AAPI Women Lead presents #Metoo & Beyond- Centering the AAPI Experience

[Los Angeles Area]
TUE, May 21, 6:30 PM, LA, Free - Asian Heritage Month: Asians in Leadership
SAT, May 25, 4:00 PM, LA, Free - Mountain Movers: Student Activism and the Emergence of Asian American Studies
WED, May 29, 7:00 PM, Culver City, $10 - Girls in Tech LA Presents: Spring Social Mixer
TH, May 30, 8:00 PM, LA, $25 - Talking While Female Storytelling Sessions

[Seattle]
TH, May 23, 7:30 AM, Seattle, $10 - The “Just Me Experience”: Self-love and body positivity for moms
FRI, May 24, 5:00 PM, Bellevue, Free - Womxn (WoC) in Tech Workshop Session
SUN, May 26, 11:30 AM, Seattle, $35 - Black Babes & Brunch: Building Blocks of Effective Leadership

Perspective

This month, we celebrate and honor Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage. Whoohoo for all our AAPI readers! For me, a Latinx non-Asian person, it’s a time to learn from and listen to the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities around me.

Here’s my context: I didn’t really know any Asian people until I attended high school, I think my elementary school didn’t have any Asian students, definitely no one in my class. My only exposure to Asian culture in elementary school was learning about Japanese internment during WWII and reading “Farewell to Manzanar” by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston.

Leaving my primarily Latinx elementary school for a diverse high school was an incredible learning experience. My first day I was meeting people from so many cultures for the first time, India, Pakistan, Vietnam, China, Japan, South Korea, Philippines, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan. I was learning from my classmates and friends about their cultures, how their families traveled to the US, trying new food, hearing their languages being spoken. But it wasn’t all fun and gorging on delicious food, I was also being corrected about my assumptions and stereotypes of their cultures. I didn’t know it then but I was getting a crash course on diversity and inclusion, on empathy and allyship. Needless to say it was transformational.

I care about the careers of all women of color and listening to the experiences of other women is core to supporting and acknowledging one another. Here’s a few pieces that I’ve read recently illuminating workplace experiences for Asian American and Pacific Islander women:

She’s Asian and female. But she’s not me. By Michelle Ye Hee Lee
Stop Calling Asian Women Adorable By R.O. Kwon
Pushing Against The Boundaries Of Koreanness About Hannah Yoo
How to Stop Fetishizing My Chinese Identity By Rae Chen

Inspiration