From The Asian Reporter, V30, #06 (May 4, 2020), page 7.
Recognizing Asian heritage in challenging times
The Asian Reporter celebrates Asian Heritage Month amid complicated
and unsure times. We hope everyone in our community is safe and able to stay
healthy as nations around the globe fight the spread of the coronavirus. We
are thankful for our families, our readers, and all the brave and determined
healthcare workers, grocery employees, delivery personnel, transit drivers,
and other frontline staff who are taking care of us during this worldwide
In this special edition, we mark heritage month with a look at a new
documentary, Mr. Tornado. The film tells the story of Tetsuya
Theodore "Ted" Fujita, a scientist who devoted his life to unlocking the
mysteries of severe storms and spent years trying to solve some of nature’s
most complicated mysteries.
The issue also highlights a powerful, thoughtful, and intriguing piece
created by Asian Reporter illustrator and cartoonist Jonathan Hill.
First published in the October/November 2018 edition of The Believer
magazine, Hill reflects on his family, heritage, and how others view him
based on his name and appearance.
The section concludes with a five-part series, Asian Americans, a
new documentary that traces the epic story of Asian Americans spanning 150
years of immigration, racial politics, international relations, and cultural
Despite the crises, our hope is that readers are able to take some time
during this month to celebrate Asian heritage and culture; reflect on the
past, present, and future; and help and support family, friends, neighbors,
and those in need.
Watch for posts about virtual Asian Heritage Month events
online at <www.facebook.com/TheAsianReporter>.