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04/29/2021
Caregiving: Living Together In One House

Spending a year in lockdown also meant that we spent much more time isolated with our families. Millennial caregiver Yuyan Zheng shares the highs and lows of living in a multigenerational household.

How do you communicate and mediate conflicts in your homes?

#lockdown #covid19 #family #familytime #toughconversations #AAPI #chinese #communication #empathy #elders

"There's this one linear misconception about what it means to be an immigrant and I think that's something that we need ...
04/27/2021
Interview with Entrepreneur Ryan Letada | No Barriers Podcast

"There's this one linear misconception about what it means to be an immigrant and I think that's something that we need to debunk and unpack. We need to own our stories to build empathy, encourage action, and inspire policy change that will benefit us all."

Our CEO Ryan Letada sat down with No Barriers USA to talk about his own migrant journey and how his experiences have shaped his purpose as a storyteller.

#migrantjourney #ImmigrantsAreEssential #immigrantstory #empathy #action #nobarriers

Meet Ryan Letada, an incredible CEO, entrepreneur, & storyteller who has overcome incredible odds to bring voice to & humanize the migrant experience.

Join our CEO, Ryan Letada, and other Asian American leaders to have a courageous conversation about Anti-Asian Hate, Ant...
04/23/2021

Join our CEO, Ryan Letada, and other Asian American leaders to have a courageous conversation about Anti-Asian Hate, Anti-Blackness, and solidarity. Register: https://bit.ly/3exuXYS

Join our CEO, Ryan Letada, and other Asian American leaders to have a courageous conversation about Anti-Asian Hate, Anti-Blackness, and solidarity. Register: https://bit.ly/3exuXYS

04/22/2021
Connector: Creating Intersectional and Inclusive Spaces for Ch...

Our struggles are intertwined — racism and discrimination affects all of us. Coalition builder Gregory Cendana encourages us to connect with other communities of color and to show up for each other.

Watch his full story below:

#StopAAPIHate #standtogether #Coalition #AAPI #intersectionality #cometogether #racismisavirus #lgbtqia #connector

Alarming new data from Stop AAPI Hate revealed that nearly 3,800 anti-Asian racist incidents have been reported the past...
04/20/2021

Alarming new data from Stop AAPI Hate revealed that nearly 3,800 anti-Asian racist incidents have been reported the past year alone. This includes verbal harassment, shunning, and physical assault.

Manjusha Kulkarni, co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate, is relentlessly fighting racism with data, facts, and stories.

Read her full story in the caption below!

#StopAAPIHate #AAPI #survival #stopasianshate #immigrants #ImmigrantsAreEssential #racismisavirus

Alarming new data from Stop AAPI Hate revealed that nearly 3,800 anti-Asian racist incidents have been reported the past year alone. This includes verbal harassment, shunning, and physical assault.

Manjusha Kulkarni, co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate, is relentlessly fighting racism with data, facts, and stories.

Read her full story in the caption below!

#StopAAPIHate #AAPI #survival #stopasianshate #immigrants #ImmigrantsAreEssential #racismisavirus

04/15/2021
The Problem With Resilience - Dr. EJ David

Anti-Asian attacks continue to rise and we are once again called to lean on our resilience. But there's a thorny story behind our resilience — a cycle of unrecognized struggle and neglect — that leaves us with no other option but to endure.

"The problem is not resilience but a world that constantly requires our resilience — the world that has come to learn that resilience is permission for our continued oppression."

#StopAAPIHate #AAPI #resilience #survival #filipino #ejdavid #StopAsianHate #immigrants

03/31/2021
Unapologetic: A Filipina American Standing Up for Gender Equality

Today on International Trans Visibility Day, we look back at Geena Rocero's immigrant story. Geena was 17 years old when her family moved to San Francisco. As a young trans person dealing with a drastic change in culture, she decided to hide her truth to fit in as a model.

Let's encourage our transgender friends to show up and to take up space in our society!

Read the full story in the video caption below:

#filipina #filipinoamerican #trans #lgbtqcommunity #transvisibilityday #immigrants #migrants #truth #AAPI #asianamerican

03/29/2021
EP 001: SHAMELESS: Shame-Free Sex Education for All ft. Andrea Barrica of O.School

The only sex education advice that Andrea Barrica got from her religious and conservative family was, “Don’t get pregnant!” After unlearning a lot of cultural biases, Andrea is helping fellow women navigate their sexuality through an online sexual education platform.

How do you handle conversations about sex?

#shameless #shame #sexed #sexuality #asianamerican #AAPI #intersectionph #womeninbusiness #filipina #filipino #nextdaybetter

03/25/2021
Vulnerable: Fleeing the Secret War in Laos

Our immigrant parents and grandparents sacrificed a lot for a shot at a better life. How do we keep our communities safe from anti-Asian racism and violence?

""They may think that they may not have done much in raising us, but I know better. They gave up their homeland, their independence, and their position in their community so we could have a safe place to grow up in.""

Read Pa Kong Lee's full story below!

#grandparents #parents #sacrifices #thankyou #immigrant #migrants #nextdaybetter #laos #history #AAPI #asianamerican

03/23/2021
Mom, DJing IS My Job (Feat. SOSUPERSAM) | EP005: ROCK BOTTOM (Los Angeles)

In some ways, SOSUPERSAM worked harder and longer to get her mom’s support for her “unconventional” career choice than she did to succeed as a world-renowned DJ.

Have you felt the same way? What are your unconventional career choices?

#dj #careers #asianamerican #AAPI #sosupersam #LA #electronicmusic #intersections #music #nextdaybetter

THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR WAY TOO LONG. Anti-Asian racism is not new. We have been the butt of jokes, the model minorit...
03/19/2021

THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR WAY TOO LONG.

Anti-Asian racism is not new. We have been the butt of jokes, the model minority rewarded for good behavior, the forever foreigner asked “but, really, where are you from?” We have been excluded and arrested and placed in internment camps. Our women are exoticized. We have been overlooked and deprioritized time and again, be it about mainstream media representation or basic rights like healthcare.

We have been invisibilized all these years. Relegated to caricatures and after-thoughts. And, lately, fatal victims of systemic racism.

IT HAS TO STOP.

We, at NextDayBetter, feel the urgency to act. We have made it our mission to make sure all our voices are heard, seen, and valued. Our first plan of action is to bravely speak truth to power by filling story voids of our communities, from Hmongs to Cambodians, Koreans to Malaysians, Filipinos to Indians — how many of our stories have seen the light of day?

It is clear that we must work harder to expose disparities, ignite tough conversations, build empathy, and empower collective action for Asian immigrants and new citizens everywhere.

We stand up taller. We speak up louder. We take up space. We misbehave and make noise. We make change happen.

End Asian invisibility. #StopAsianHate



#AAPI #asianamerican #asian #StopAAPIHate #immigrants

THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR WAY TOO LONG.

Anti-Asian racism is not new. We have been the butt of jokes, the model minority rewarded for good behavior, the forever foreigner asked “but, really, where are you from?” We have been excluded and arrested and placed in internment camps. Our women are exoticized. We have been overlooked and deprioritized time and again, be it about mainstream media representation or basic rights like healthcare.

We have been invisibilized all these years. Relegated to caricatures and after-thoughts. And, lately, fatal victims of systemic racism.

IT HAS TO STOP.

We, at NextDayBetter, feel the urgency to act. We have made it our mission to make sure all our voices are heard, seen, and valued. Our first plan of action is to bravely speak truth to power by filling story voids of our communities, from Hmongs to Cambodians, Koreans to Malaysians, Filipinos to Indians — how many of our stories have seen the light of day?

It is clear that we must work harder to expose disparities, ignite tough conversations, build empathy, and empower collective action for Asian immigrants and new citizens everywhere.

We stand up taller. We speak up louder. We take up space. We misbehave and make noise. We make change happen.

End Asian invisibility. #StopAsianHate



#AAPI #asianamerican #asian #StopAAPIHate #immigrants

03/16/2021
How We Can Fight for Arab American Visibility and Power with Census | STORIES FOR CHANGE

Lara Kiswani challenged her second grade teacher when she was told that Palestine didn’t exist. It was her first fight for visibility.

“Growing up Arab is a push and pull between being invisible and being hypervisible. Either we’re demonized as the enemy within; or completely left out of the equation.”

#arabamerican #arab #palestinian #Census2020 #nextdaybetter #intersectional #visibility #yallacountmein

Filipino nurses are critical in our ongoing fight against COVID-19. Dina Villaluz was already 76 years old when the pand...
03/11/2021

Filipino nurses are critical in our ongoing fight against COVID-19. Dina Villaluz was already 76 years old when the pandemic hit but that did not stop her from answering the call to serve.

Read her powerful story below:

#filipino #nurses #asianamerican #frontlineheroes #heroes #inspiring #AAPI #essentialworkers #medical #COVID19 #thankyou #nextdaybetter

Dina Villaluz: Surviving COVID to Serve Another Day

“It could have been me, you know? When I learned that my partner had died from COVID-19, I felt so bad. He was a good man and a good nurse.

We had worked together at the hospital when the cases started piling up. I had doubts about coming in; I was 76 years old. I might be the first one to get hit. What was I doing there?

But I had been healthy all my life and was feeling strong. Besides, I never really stopped being a nurse. Even after my official retirement, I was still coming in to work at the VA or at Mount Sinai.

But this pandemic hit us so quickly that we were not able to prepare ourselves. My partner and I were responsible for ensuring critical safety measures at admissions by providing bed and staffing needs. I also took care of preparing the carts and supplies the medical teams needed at that point: the PPEs, the gloves, and all that’s necessary for protection.

And then I got sick. My daughter took me to the hospital where I was placed into the ICU and eventually had to be intubated and placed on a ventilator. Because of the medication I was given, I barely remember anything. I was ventilated for 8 days and spent two weeks in the ICU. After being discharged, I went to rehab for three weeks.

My partner passed away during the time I was sick. He was one of the many nurses who came to work despite knowing the battle they’ll be facing. It takes commitment, dedication, and courage to be a nurse. This is what we do. This is what we’ve been doing for decades, pandemic or not.

I turned 77 while in rehabilitation. I am alive. Maybe I’m still here because my mission on earth is not yet over. I can still serve.”

Dina Villaluz, Nurse, New York, Philippines Nurses Association

"Meet my #immigrant mother. She was a #refugee during the Gulf War. She eventually built a life for my siblings and me i...
03/11/2021

"Meet my #immigrant mother. She was a #refugee during the Gulf War. She eventually built a life for my siblings and me in the #Bronx. As a nurse, she saved the lives of countless people in #America. Today is her day. Today is #InternationalWomensDay." - Ryan Letada, NextDayBetter CEO

Join SEIU, iAmerica and NextDayBetter in celebrating immigrant women and urging Congress to build a just, humane & functional immigration system. Text WOMEN to 802495

#ImmigrantWomenAreHome

"Meet my #immigrant mother. She was a #refugee during the Gulf War. She eventually built a life for my siblings and me in the #Bronx. As a nurse, she saved the lives of countless people in #America. Today is her day. Today is #InternationalWomensDay." - Ryan Letada, NextDayBetter CEO

Join SEIU, iAmerica and NextDayBetter in celebrating immigrant women and urging Congress to build a just, humane & functional immigration system. Text WOMEN to 802495

#ImmigrantWomenAreHome

03/08/2021
What if your teacher disappeared? EP 002: Five Years (Shelby, MT)

It's International Women's Day! Today, we honor our Filipina migrant educators who help solve America's dire teacher shortage.

Here's how Mary Manda is making a difference in the lives of her special education students. Tell us about a teacher who changed your life!

#teachers #filipina #internationalwomensday #women #AAPI #middleamerica #nextdaybetter #intersections #montana #migrants #educators

03/07/2021
How a Filipino Raises his Kids with his Native Alaskan Wife

EJ David and his wife Margaret are teaching their children to embrace being both 100% Filipino and 100% Athabascan. What a far cry from his 14-year-old self who wanted to erase his Filipino-ness just to fit in with his peers.

“Their roots are their superpowers,” he claims.

How do we teach our kids to embrace our culture?

#culture #history #traditions #filipno #athabascan #alaskan #proud #AAPI #asianamerican #nextdaybetter #superpowers #intersections

03/05/2021
Formidable: Escape from Cambodian Genocide #DearGrandparents

Asians have been persecuted throughout history and the anti-Asian racism proliferating today is no exception. How do we stay brave? How do we confront racism?

"I have told my daughter about our family’s refugee story and how we escaped genocide. I told her that she comes from a family of warriors.”

Read Rita Pin Ahren's full story in the video caption below!

#cambodian #refugee #warriors #survivors #resilience #nextdaybetter

02/22/2021
Ryan Letada's Story: Refugees, Storytelling, and Living A Life of Service

Ryan's Filipino parents became refugees when Iraq invaded Kuwait during the gulf war in early 1990. It's their story that drives Ryan's NextDayBetter storytelling work for immigrant communities everywhere.

Here's a story about our very own Ryan Letada produced by The Posse Foundation for the Ainslie Alumni Achievement Award in 2014.

Donate to the Posse Foundation here: https://www.possefoundation.org/partner-with-us/donate

We honor Corky's memory. In 2016, NextDayBetter and AARP captured the story of legendary Asian American, Corky Lee on ph...
01/28/2021

We honor Corky's memory. In 2016, NextDayBetter and AARP captured the story of legendary Asian American, Corky Lee on photographic justice. READ below:

“Back in junior high school, I found a small photograph showing the commemorative image that was taken at the completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad.

"My social studies textbook never said how many Chinese there were, so I was wondering was it a half-dozen? Or was it many more? So what I did was I bought a magnifying glass and looked at the photograph to count how many Chinese there were in the photograph. Because if they built it, then they should be there. Right? I didn’t see any. So it planted a seed in my mind: Where’s the photographic proof? Why were they excluded? I later learned that there were actually twelve to fifteen thousand Chinese who worked on the railroad.

"That seed eventually led me to organize a 'flash mob' on the 145th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad’s completion in Utah. I was hoping for about 145 people – one person for every year that the Chinese were not included. I ended up getting over 200 people in Promontory Point, and together we reclaimed an aspect of Chinese American history.

"I call that an 'act of photographic justice' – using the power and influence of a photographic image to right the wrongs that have been committed.

"My project next year is to organize another flash mob for the 35th anniversary of Vincent Chin’s murder (he was killed by two out-of-work white autoworkers in Detroit who thought he was Japanese). It’ll be in front of Ronald Ebens’ house in Nevada. I want to let his neighbors know that, even though the guy’s not a convicted criminal, he still has a $8 million monetary debt for a life that he was responsible for.

"I attempt to educate and illuminate individuals, one image at a time, and to keep that history alive for the next generation, and generations thereafter.”

Corky Lee
New York, NY
(Photo credit: Ernabel Demillo)

An AARP x NextDayBetter 2016 story. Told by Corky Lee. Written by Sherina Ong. #CorkyLee

We honor Corky's memory. In 2016, NextDayBetter and AARP captured the story of legendary Asian American, Corky Lee on photographic justice. READ below:

“Back in junior high school, I found a small photograph showing the commemorative image that was taken at the completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad.

"My social studies textbook never said how many Chinese there were, so I was wondering was it a half-dozen? Or was it many more? So what I did was I bought a magnifying glass and looked at the photograph to count how many Chinese there were in the photograph. Because if they built it, then they should be there. Right? I didn’t see any. So it planted a seed in my mind: Where’s the photographic proof? Why were they excluded? I later learned that there were actually twelve to fifteen thousand Chinese who worked on the railroad.

"That seed eventually led me to organize a 'flash mob' on the 145th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad’s completion in Utah. I was hoping for about 145 people – one person for every year that the Chinese were not included. I ended up getting over 200 people in Promontory Point, and together we reclaimed an aspect of Chinese American history.

"I call that an 'act of photographic justice' – using the power and influence of a photographic image to right the wrongs that have been committed.

"My project next year is to organize another flash mob for the 35th anniversary of Vincent Chin’s murder (he was killed by two out-of-work white autoworkers in Detroit who thought he was Japanese). It’ll be in front of Ronald Ebens’ house in Nevada. I want to let his neighbors know that, even though the guy’s not a convicted criminal, he still has a $8 million monetary debt for a life that he was responsible for.

"I attempt to educate and illuminate individuals, one image at a time, and to keep that history alive for the next generation, and generations thereafter.”

Corky Lee
New York, NY
(Photo credit: Ernabel Demillo)

An AARP x NextDayBetter 2016 story. Told by Corky Lee. Written by Sherina Ong. #CorkyLee

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NextDayBetter is a publishing platform that exist to rebrand migration. We tell untold stories of migrant communities and provide technology enabled pathways for them to take collective action.

NextDayBetter Studios is our agency and storytelling innovation arm. We partner with mission aligned brands to design and launch diaspora storytelling campaigns that engage multicultural diaspora communities to create social impact.

Why? The world faces an infinite amount of challenges and it will take diverse voices from multicultural migrant communities to invent solutions. We believe that diverse voices belong on decision-making tables. Through inclusive storytelling, we believe we can unlock the superpowers of migrant communities to push humanity forward.

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