Being an Asian American, or any person of color in the U.S., generally means being invisible and hypervisible. Those that are invisible are more easily shifted into the category of disposable. Those that are hypervisible are more easily shifted or are already in the category of Other, outlaw, criminal, invader, parasite, etc.
In her recent essay for The New York Times (April 12), poet and essayist Cathy Park Hong, author of Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning (Penguin Random House, 2020) wrote, “In my newsfeed, I began to notice a troubling increase of anti-Asian incidents, which in the beginning was happening mostly abroad: A group of teenagers attacked a young Singaporean man in London, punching and kicking him while shouting about the coronavirus; an Italian bank denied service to a Chinese woman. Then in Texas, a man stabbed and cut a Burmese-American family, including two young children, in an attack that the F.B.I. has called a hate crime.”
I wrote this poem-essay-puzzle in response to the anti-East-Asian-American racism we are experiencing during this pandemic, which apparently originated in China as a result of human encroachment on wild animal habitats and of the poaching of wild animals for human consumption. The COVID-19 pandemic is human-made, as articulated in April 13th article “The Pandemic Is Not a Natural Disaster,” by Kate Brown in The New Yorker. Racism and white supremacy is also human-made, despite the centuries-long propaganda attempting to persuade people that it’s natural, eternal, and unchangeable. At times I deeply appreciate a “game of chance” approach to language, which can illuminate the capriciousness of symbols, the superstitions of humans, and the seductive dangers of abstraction.
Anything poets and artists can do to make the status quo strange–in this case to attempt to expose human cultures of structural dominance–as constructed may help reveal how violence is often born and propagated on the seemingly “neutral” or “disembodied” premises of language.
Lead one of the state’s most dynamic non-profits in developing a community engagement model that has the potential to create lasting impact for food insecure Minnesotans. Volunteers are an integral part of accomplishing Second Harvest Heartland’s work. As the Community Engagement & Program Development VISTA, you can increase the volunteer capacity of SHH by expanding and diversifying our volunteer corps, evaluating current community outreach tactics, and enhancing volunteer & intern training opportunities –all in order to fight against hunger. This 1-year AmeriCorps VISTA project is a foundational component of ensuring our program meets its community engagement goals.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Expand and diversify SHH volunteer corps through community outreach & engagement opportunities to better reflect the communities we serve.
Evaluate the current Ambassador’s Bureau model and provide recommendations for improvement and ongoing sustainability.
Develop and pilot volunteer & intern trainings to allow personal development opportunities, promote inclusion, and provide ongoing recognition.
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Position Title: Registered Nurse Youth Assertive Community Treatment
Classification: 20 Hours Per Week, Part-time Non- Exempt
Location: Guild Saint Paul: 130 Wabasha Street South Saint Paul, MN 55107
Salary Range: $29.97 – $35.25 Per Hour
About Guild Incorporated:
Guild Incorporated believes that dignity is a basic human right—which is why we work hard to connect individuals to proper mental health treatment, competitive employment, and stable housing. We serve individuals 16 and older who are experiencing severe and persistent mental illness, mental illness concerns, and chronic homelessness. On any given day, Guild staff serves nearly 900 individuals in the Twin Cities metro area. Services are mobile, provided in the community when and where needed. By looking at the holistic wellness of each client we serve, we are able to facilitate healing, growth, and a new quality of life.
Youth Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Services help individuals ages 16-20 who are living with mental illness find success in education, employment, and community living. Designed to promote optimal health and success, our Youth ACT Services are a comprehensive and community-based approach to serving those with diagnosed mental illness(es) and co-occurring substance use disorders or other medical conditions.
This position provides nursing services to transitional age youth (16-20) who have diagnosed mental illnesses and /or substance disorders to help them live self-directed and satisfying lives by providing services directly as part of an interdisciplinary team. This position provides medication education, support with medication management, administration and coordination with medical providers.
Education and Experience:
The RN Case Manager / ACT Team shall be qualified as an RN in at least one of the following ways:
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New and veteran artists know that Mu Monday has been a day once a month designated for Mu’s artistic community to connect with and learn from one another. Well… through this uncertain—and what can feel like isolating—time we are extending Mu Monday to EVERY Monday through April and inviting all Asian American artists throughout the country to join us!
Monday, April 27. 7:00-9:30pm (U.S. Central Time)
The table readings will take place through Zoom conference calling. The link to join the call will be sent after you sign up.
WANT TO READ?
These readings are casual, so we’ll be gender/race-bending as needed. Since there will be more people who signed up to read than there are characters, we’ll double or triple up on parts, giving priority to those who signed up first and/or didn’t have a chance to read the Monday prior. If you don’t get to read this time around, don’t worry. We’ll get you in a future week. Please still join us to observe and share thoughts about the play afterwards!
WANT TO OBSERVE?
We’d love to have you! This is all in the name of staying connected after all. Just be sure to RSVP.
Sun Yung Shin’s story is part of Pollen’s “Are You OK?” initiative, a collection of stories, art, and virtual gatherings that documents how our collective community is processing and healing during the this global health and financial crisis. Check the collection regularly to hear from our creative community as we keep up with the changes and challenges before us.
We ask that you support artists by donating to them and the work they are passionate about.
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