If there’s anything that people can learn from entrepreneurs like Chicken & Rice Guys Founder Ian So, it is to just build the things that don’t exist yet especially if they’ll serve a meaningful purpose. Being unable to find a safe and brave space online where AAPIs can connect, Ian therefore founded Node.
In celebration of Pride month this year, we veered away from the usual virtual greetings and decided to reach out to the LGBTQ community so we can amplify their personal stories through a video series, Tales of Colorful Pride, that sheds light on what Pride really is. It certainly goes beyond the rainbow parade as it discusses even the queer community's poignant tales that are often overshadowed by the glitters of the celebration.
We at Chicago Asian Network understand that showing support for the queer community is not a June-only event. Hence, we have compiled a list of resources for those in the LGBTQI+ community who need help and for the allies who want to further support and inform themselves about the community.
Got some late night sugar cravings? Well the Boystown neighborhood might just have the answer for that sweet dilemma. Head over to Jennivee's Bakery, the LGBTQ's very own chic and cozy late night bakery located in North Sheffield that proudly opens its doors to anyone regardless of their identity. Come check them out this Pride Month!
Rosaries and a garland of garlic can’t always save us from crimes of supernatural origin. Sometimes, the best thing we can do is to support someone who can fight malevolent mythical creatures so ready your popcorns because the Philippines’ first-ever Netflix anime, Trese, is coming soon!
Lakhi Siap has selflessly served and helped bring the community to the next level. He believes in the spirit of collaboration as he sees that success is meant to be shared by the whole community and not just by one individual or one strand of that community. This mindset continuously forms a shared history among the members of the community which will serve not only as his legacy, but of everyone who believes in the great potential and power of AAPIs.
Giving herself the identity of “King”, Christine Marie Borda a.k.a. King Marie has definitely proven that she continues to rise and make her mark in a challenging and primarily male-dominated industry, music.
Shereene understands the importance of showing up and telling your stories fully and honestly even with societal pressure, trusting that it is through this that we can empower more to lead and take action.