Back to School and the "Model Minority" Myth

August 2016

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Events / Opportunities

Women's Quilting Group 

Thursdays, 1pm-3pm
Sessions will resume on 9/1 (Thu.)

This project seeks to connect women, share stories of  courage, create beauty, and move towards healing in our lives with one another. 

All craft supplies will be provided, and take-home kits will be available. The group will be hosted at AACS (4700 Reed Rd., Suite B, Columbus Ohio, 43220).

If you want to learn more about our new quilting group or are interested in attending, please contact our Program Coordinator, Yihong Dong at  or 614-220-4023 x 100 .

Ikebana Classes:
Japanese Art of Flower Arrangement  
Monday, 2pm-4pm @ AACS
Sessions will resume on 8/22 (Mon.)

If you want to learn more about our Ikebana classes or are interested attending, contact our Program Coordinator,  Yihong Dong at
or 614-220-4023 x 100.

Senior Benefits Program

If you have questions about:
-Medicare Part A, B, & D
-Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs)
-Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
-Food Stamp Program (SNAP)
-Where to go for help
-Other related questions

Please contact:
Chin-Yin Shih
614-220-4023 x 224

Yihong Dong
614-220-4023 x 100

Join AACS at our Asian Gala as we celebrate our 40th Anniversary. This year's theme is "Our Journey, Our Stories," which reflects the collective journey of our community and each of our individual stories.

Date: November 11, 2016 @ 6 pm
Location: Dublin Recreation Center

Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services:
6th Annual Youth Summit
Youth Voices Matter:
Living Across Cultures

8/5 (Fri.), 9 am - 2:30 pm
@ Ohio Dominican University
1216 Sunbury Road Columbus, OH 43219

Healthy Asian Youngstaz from our HAY program will be giving the opening performance!

For more information, please contact ETSS at 614-252-5362.
Ohio Latino Affairs Commission's
Voter Registration Training
8/6 (Sat.) @ 10 - 11:30 am
Ohio Hispanic Coalition (6161 Busch Boulevard #311, Columbus, OH 43229)

This training is for anyone who is  interested in volunteering at a voter registration drive this year.
Participants will 1) learn the basic rules of registering voters, 2) learn the registration eligibility requirements, 3) understand how to correctly complete the voter registration form, 4) learn how to facilitate voter registration drives, and more!

Rudy Lopez of the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute, will be conducting the training. Rudy has built a career developing leaders and building power in disenfranchised communities throughout the country.

Register for this training here.

*You do not have to be a citizen to register voters!*

For more information, please contact 614-728-8364 or
Lao Volunteer Donation Association's Community Bazaar &
Free Community Market

Lao Volunteer Donation Association
seeks vendors for community bazaar!
8/20 @  9 am - 1 pm

Only $50 to rent a table...  Come sell your new and used items & browse others' Treasures. 

Lao Volunteer donation Association invites you to their monthly provisions give-away
8/20 @ 11 am - 2 pm

Families who qualify can receive fresh fruits, veggies, and other staples. Bring your own Bag!

Both events will be held at 1160 Alum Creek Drive.
For more information, please call the Lao Volunteer Donation Association at 614-506-1167  . 


From the Director

Greetings, AACS Family!

August is back-to-school month for most students. If you are a parent, you may be planning a shopping trip for school supplies. If you are a student, maybe you're making a last-minute effort to finish your summer reading and write up that book report. Either way,  it's a busy time for students and for their parents who are getting ready for the new school year to start up.

This month, I want to talk about the harmful stereotypes and ignored realities of Asian-Americans and education. Asian-American students are often stereotyped as high achievers in academics. While this stereotype may be applicable to certain segments of Asian-Americans, it is a harmful myth that masks the academic struggles of many others.

According to the White House's Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, the high school dropout rates of some Southeast Asian American communities (Hmong, Laotian, and Cambodian) range from 35 - 40%, a rate that is multiple times higher than those of African-American students and Hispanic students. Asian-Americans, along with African-Americans, also have the highest enrollment rates in remedial education courses during the first year of college. In addition, nearly one out of four Asian-American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) students is Limited English Proficient (LEP) and/or lives in a linguistically isolated household where parents are LEP, putting them at an academic disadvantage for academic achievement. Finally, Southeast Asian Americans experience higher rates of poverty than both the U.S. average and the overall Asian-American community, making it difficult for students in these households to receive the financial and material support they need for academic success.

At AACS, we recognize that some students in our community need extra support. Our Healthy Asian Youth (HAY) after-school and summer programs offer tutoring, lessons in reading, math, and science, and various other activities. To support the students of the HAY program and youth we serve through our other programming, AACS is accepting donations of school supplies for the new school year. We hope that you will consider supporting the youth in our communities by a donation of school suppliers. Please contact Danny Nam ( ) for more information on what and how to donate.

As the new school year begins, I challenge all of you, whether or not you identify as Asian, to rethink the "model minority" myth that is imposed onto our community. By combating this harmful stereotype and providing the necessary support to those who need it, we hope that every student can thrive to the full extent of his or her potential.


Scenes from Summer HAY:
Field Trips, Workshops, and Service Projects

  The Anti-Trafficking Youth Ambassadors program reached an estimated 4,200 persons (including approximately 1,200 API community members and 160 API youth) through outreach events aimed to raise awareness on human-trafficking prevention in Franklin, Cuyahoga, Summit, and Hamilton Counties. The program was made possible by fund from the Ohio Children's Trust Fund and the Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force. AACS also thanks our partners, Asian Services in Action, Inc. and Asian Community Alliance.