Annie Tan: Educator, Activist, Storyteller.

Annie Tan

Educator, Activist, Storyteller.
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PBS’ Asian Americans: NYC teacher/writer Annie Tan and activist/author Helen Zia talk about how important Vincent Chin is to Asian Americans. More videos:

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  • Today I resigned from teaching.
    The seeds of this email were planted on April 5th, 2020: “I, Annie Tan, am resigning from the DOE effective September 1st, 2022.”  April 5th, 2020 was when Kimarlee Nguyen died of COVID. Kimarlee’s death shook me to my core. Kimarlee was 33, the same age I am now, and was an Asian American writer aspiring to write about her family’s experiences, just as IContinue reading “Today I resigned from teaching.”

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Listen: Rumble with Michael Moore

Michael Moore is joined by an Asian-American public school teacher, storyteller, activist, and the cousin of the late Vincent Chin, Annie Tan, who explains the importance of Vincent Chin’s legacy and discusses the proactive, positive work that is being done to confront anti-Asian racism and violence. (March 23, 2021)

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Watch: “We Need To Talk About Anti-Asian Hate”

We need to talk about the rise of anti-Asian hate and attacks. Join Eugene Lee Yang and The Try Guys for an in-depth conversation about the complex, often untold story of the Asian American community, the unique struggles they face, and find out how you can help #StopAsianHate​. (March 24, 2021)

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Read: “A Year After Teachers Closed Them, NYC Schools Are Still Unsafe”

Last year, as elected officials dithered on whether to shut down schools at the pandemic’s beginning, educators forced them shut. A year later, educators are making the same demand — against the efforts of both Mayor Bill de Blasio and their own union, the United Federation of Teachers. (Jacobin, March 20, 2021)

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In order for my students to be in a better world and to be humans that will make this world better, I also have to be better. And that means I have to fight for them.

Columbia College Today, “Activist Annie Tan ’11 Is Speaking Up for Asian Americans” (Summer 2020)

“My Chinatown will never be the same after this.”

Labor Notes: “Interview: Coronavirus Pandemic Inflames Anti-Asian Racism” with Annie Tan (April 6, 2020)

Photo: Haruka Sakaguchi for New York Times


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