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Meetup Booklet

May has been designated AAPI heritage month for over three decades. However, misinformation about the history of the AAPI diaspora persists. We know that exercising empathy starts with education. Join The Mixed Space as we celebrate the AAPI community, unravel stereotypes, and learn the best ways to be an ally.
Book Cover Alex Chester

Meetup Discussion

Hate stems from ignorance. We come to this meetup with respect and love, honoring the lives and actions of our AAPI + APA family. We believe identities are fluid in the way that geography, borders, and ethnicities can’t box people into who they truly are at heart. 
We recognize that within the acronym “AAPI”, there are over 50 ethnic groups speaking over 100 languages. The harmful stereotypes and discrimination against AAPI diasporas is not new. We must support one another and stand against hate in all forms.

SOUND

FAMILIAR?

Do you understand English? /  You speak English pretty well.”
‟You don't act Asian.”
‟Why can't all minorities behave well like you?”
‟All Asians look the same.”


The Mixed Space

is Proud to Present...

Alex Chester

Alex is an actor, the Editor-in-Chief of the online magazine Hapa Mag, soon to be called Mixed Asian Media. She is also the director of Mixed Asian Media Fest - a celebration of mixed APIs through creative art forms happening September 2021.

This May, Hapa Mag (MAM) has partnered with Blasian Project, LUNAR, and Loving Day to bring APIA Month Through the Heritage Lens via virtual activations.

She started acting as a child in Los Angeles and lives in NYC. Some acting credits include: Broadway’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at Madison Square Garden, Little Red in “Into the Woods” with Prospect Theater Co and National Asian Artist Project (NAAP,) Minnie Fay in “Hello Dolly” with NAAP. Alex is also the first Asian American to play Logainne SchwartzandGrubenierre in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” at Fire Island Arts Project. TV credits include: “ER,” “7th Heaven,” “The Closer,” “New Amsterdam,” and be sure to keep an eye out for her in the new season of “The Good Fight.” Alex also has been in several national commercials including: “Popeyes,” “UPS,” “MLB,” “Ford Kuga,” and “H&M” to name a few. Alex is also a member of the first all Asian American Sketch Comedy Troupe, Model Majority.

Alex is graduating this May with her BA in dance through St. Mary’s LEAP Program. She is the first person from LEAP to receive the Dean's Award for academic excellence and community engagement.

Topics of Conversation 

Creating language and showing the full picture of who is represented by AAPI.  
How the model minority myth has both hurt and influenced Asian Americans.  
Advocating for humanity + respect with historical education of discrimination against AAPI.   

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