June 2020 Newsletter
AACP will not be going to any events this coming month. However, we would be happy to help you promote your virtual events. Just get in touch with us.
Here's an event that may interest you.
Tadaima! A Community Virtual Pilgrimage
June 13-August 16, 2020
Pilgrimages to Japanese American World War II internment camp sites are all being done virtually this year. This event is free and can be viewed at any time.
Will the George Floyd Killing be the Final Straw?
A Summary of What I’ve Been Following and Some Thoughts
By Leonard Chan
So much has already been reported, written, and editorialized on the George Floyd killing that I’m not sure if there is more that I could add to this topic. But as a member of a nonprofit organization whose mission includes fighting racial injustices, I thought it is important that I do try to contribute something to this national and world discussion.
First of all, I’d like to give my support for those that are protesting for justice in the Black Lives Matter movement and for those that are marginalized around the world. I wish I could be doing more than just writing this article.
At California’s governor Gavin Newsom June 5th press conference, he used the following quote (wrongly ascribed to Dante; it was really a spiritual philosopher named Henry Powell Spring who wrote the following), “The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who, in a period of moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.”
Former officer Tou Thao, the Asian American police officer involved in the George Floyd killing, is perhaps emblematic of all of those that stand by without taking action. Are all of us that are not taking an active role in making positive changes also feeling the heat?
By Leonard Chan
A foreign country interferes with another country’s government by corrupting officials in that government and then uses those officials to convince the head of state to remove the one honest person that stands in their way of dominating that country.
In 278 BCE, about 45 years after the death of Alexander the Great, that exiled government official in the kingdom of Chu China, killed himself by jumping into the Miluo River. Nearly 2300 years later, many Asians around the world still celebrate his life with a festival, the Duanwu or Dragon Boat Festival.
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