Chinatown: Activist Worked With Obama, Advocates For Immigrant Children With Disabilities

Chinatown: Activist Worked With Obama, Advocates For Immigrant Children With Disabilities

Chinatown resident Anna Perng is an advocate for both immigrant communities and for people with disabilities. Perng, the daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, has been an activist and organizer since her time studying at Swarthmore College, she said. After graduating, she also spent time working at Community Legal Services and in 2017 became a local community organizer […]

 

Immigration: VietLead Pushes Back Against Federal Government Policies And Practices

Immigration: VietLead Pushes Back Against Federal Government Policies And Practices

Nancy Dung Nguyen has made her career in social justice work, focusing originally on domestic violence issues and youth organizing. Now, she uses her advocacy skills to help her own community as the executive director and one of the co-founders of VietLead, an organization that works with the Vietnamese community in Philadelphia, as well as other […]

 

Immigration: Cambodian Youth Leader Talks Literacy Challenges And Solutions

Immigration: Cambodian Youth Leader Talks Literacy Challenges And Solutions

Rex Yin has been the youth development coordinator at the Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia for the last three years. He said his favorite part of the job is seeing the growth of the students he works with. Yin helps lead several youth programs, including the SumOur Roots program, a collaboration with VietLead and the Bhutanese […]

 

Immigration: Grassroots Asians Rising Protest Through Illumination Art

Immigration: Grassroots Asians Rising Protest Through Illumination Art

On Saturday night, Asian-American activists and organizers gathered in the parking lot of the Chinese Christian Church and Center on the corner of Vine and 11th streets to protest current immigration policies as part of the event Here to Stay. Here to Stay featured illuminations by the Chinatown Art Brigade that were projected onto the […]

 

Immigration: A Snapshot Of The Korean Immigrant’s Experience In Philadelphia

Immigration: A Snapshot Of The Korean Immigrant’s Experience In Philadelphia

In many ways, Bok Won Kang’s immigration story is like that of many Korean immigrants to Philadelphia. Kang, who is now the officer of civil affairs for the Korean American Association of Greater Philadelphia, first came to the United States as a student in 1968 during his high school years. Kang liked his experience in […]

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Nonprofits: Providing Education For People During And After Incarceration

Nonprofits: Providing Education For People During And After Incarceration

While Abdul Lateef was incarcerated, he spent most of his time reading. At first, spy novels were his favorite. Then, he moved on to heavier material, like biographies of civil rights leaders and accounts of historical revolutions. “If I didn’t have access to literature, then the culture that permeates the prison environment could have easily […]

 

Nonprofits: Women Dominate Sector, But Lag Behind in Leadership Roles

Nonprofits: Women Dominate Sector, But Lag Behind in Leadership Roles

Women dominate the nonprofit field, making up nearly three quarters of all employees in the sector, yet they still face barriers when trying to obtain leadership positions. While the struggles women face in the nonprofit world, such as the wage gap, are not unique to the sector alone, they are, perhaps, surprising for a field […]

 

Chinatown North: Asian Arts Initiative Encourages Protest Through Art

Chinatown North: Asian Arts Initiative Encourages Protest Through Art

Aram Han Sifuentes still remembers the first protest banner she made — the words “Dump Trump” sit emblazoned atop a teal fabric playfully covered in pugs. The fiber artist said she always has extra fabric on hand, and after the results of the 2016 presidential election, she turned to her craft to respond to Donald […]

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North Philadelphia: Colwin Williams Goes From Prison to Protector of City’s At Risk Youth

North Philadelphia: Colwin Williams Goes From Prison to Protector of City’s At Risk Youth

Colwin Williams first began getting in trouble in school, fighting in order to appear tough. As he got older, the trouble continued. He got caught up in drugs and by his early 20s, Williams had spent years in and out of county jail for armed robberies — a result, he said, of trying to support […]

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Nonprofits: Five Women Making A Difference Through Leadership

Nonprofits: Five Women Making A Difference Through Leadership

Being a female leader in the nonprofit sector is difficult, just like it is in many fields. According to a report by the human resources firm Nonprofit HR, women are underrepresented in nonprofit leadership positions, despite composing almost three quarters of all nonprofit employees. Here are five women leading nonprofits in Philadelphia and some background […]