重要更新!!!

我们很高兴地宣布6.21义演将得到两位著名音乐人Jimmy和Kin的指导!
不仅如此,第一个登上北美Top Club舞台的华裔DJ Kumori也将作为嘉宾,加入我们的演出阵容!
本次义演的所有募捐款项将用于支持新希望基金会和广东狮子会阳光天使的“扶志助飞”工程。
“父亲节”特别节目:由留学生自录一段30秒视频,讲述疫情以来的心路历程并且祝父亲节快乐。如果你愿意参与,请扫描二维码与 “逆行” 团队系。
6.21义演得到了广大海外留学生和社会组织的大力支持,筹备工作正在紧张进行之中。如果你愿意表演或者加入义工队伍,请扫描二维码与 “逆行” 团队联系。
/音乐指导/

/特邀嘉宾/

/慈善伙伴/

海外捐款将用于资助新希望基金会 (New Hope Foundation) 
新希望基金会由家庭医生周爱诗·希尔医生(Dr. Joyce Hill)与丈夫罗宾(Robin)在2002年成立。基金会协助当地儿童福利院,为残疾弃婴提供关爱、个人护理、一个安全如同家庭一样的生活环境、寻找最佳的医疗救治以及矫正手术。

国内捐款将用于资助广东狮子会阳光天使的 “扶志助飞” 工程
广东狮子会秉承“正己助人,服务社会”的宗旨,弘扬人道主义精神,积极参与助残、助学、敬老、恤孤、扶贫、环保、医疗卫生、救援救灾和社区服务等各类社会公益事业,开展各项公益慈善志愿服务活动,为政府分忧,为群众解难。“扶志助飞”工程是广东狮子会以恤孤、助学、青少年教育等形式帮扶青少年儿童成长的品牌项目。

/不一样的暑假/


2020年,也许是一百五十万留学生的“本命年”。
刚刚渡过愉快的圣诞假期不久,新冠状病毒开始爆发。这对蝴蝶翅膀掀起一阵席卷全球的飓风,打得人措手不及。
被感染的人数和死亡人数以指数级增长,全球海外华人都行动起来,以最快的速度募捐、以人肉的方式搜集医疗物资,蚂蚁搬家一样地运到武汉、运到黄冈、运到中国。海外留学生也积极地参与到了这个 “上半场” 的战役中。
很快,我们就发现疫情给我们造成的影响不只是对家人、对祖国的担心。
三月份开始,美国和欧洲成为疫情重灾区,学校停课,宿舍关门;各国关闭国门,限飞政策,航班超售,机票被反复取消,一张回家的票成为梦想中的“情人” – 可望而不可及。
一时之间,留学生们进也难,退也难。
在最初的震惊之后,我们开始接受这个现实:也许这个暑假我们将在海外渡过。
/世界应该听见我们的声音/

鲁迅先生在热风·随感录中说:
“愿中国青年都摆脱冷气,只是向上走,不必听自暴自弃者流的话。能做事的做事,能发声的发声。有一分热,发一分光,就令萤火一般,也可以在黑暗里发一点光,不必等候炬火。此后如竟没有炬火:我便是唯一的光。”
鲁迅
每个留学生都是散落在世界各地的光点,虽渺小但不可忽视。
如果所有光点聚集起来,我们也将是一股坚定的力量。
6月21日,我们滞留在海外的留学生们,将组织一个以 “Braver Together | 逆行” 为主题的线上义演。
我们决定站出来,冲破阴霾,以艺术为载体,把我们心中对世界的爱、对人的善意和对未来的盼望,传递到世界的每一个角落。
这可能是最难的一个暑假,我们却愿意以善意来回应。让我们成为彼此的安慰,也成为别人的祝福。
我们在苦中找到喜乐和平安,并要发光发热。
世界应该听到我们的声音。
如果你像我们一样滞留海外,如果你对未来充满希望,如果你要让世界听见你爱的声音,请加入我们。
/加入我们吧/

6.21 “Braver Together | 逆行” 线上义演现在开始招募演员和志愿者。

这将是一场为一百五十万海外留学生准备的盛宴。
如同四月份的 “One World” 在线音乐会,这个线上演出,将为全世界受灾情影响的儿童献上一份爱心。
6月21日也是父亲节,我们将用这个方式对父亲们说,“谢谢您,让我们勇敢逆行!”

活动概况:

  • 演出时间:6月21日北京时间上午8点-10点

  • 演出方式:在线平台稍后公布

  • 主办单位:VICINA Youth Inc.

  • 协办单位:美国优品教育。欢迎更多协办单位加入!

 

节目征集要求:

节目类型:
  • 各种传统和现代乐器、歌唱、舞蹈、相声等艺术形式

  • 反映校园生活、留学生经历的小视频

  • 鼓励跨国家、多校园的协作演出

视频要求:
  • 长度6分钟以内

  • 视频分辨率/清晰度:720p以上

  • 音频清晰无杂音

  • 如果用手机拍摄,使用横屏模式

节目内容指南:
  • 积极向上,符合 “Braver Together | 逆行” 的主题

  • 真实

  • 不包含Explicit Content

  • 符合国内直播平台的审核标准(参考Bilibili直播规范)

截至日期:
  • 6月8日之前递交最后的视频

  • 鼓励尽早提交演出方案。导演组将提供反馈。

为了保证演出成功,我们正在招募义工团队,包括节目创意组、市场推广组、技术支持组、视频剪辑组、节目主持人等等。让你的才华展现,跟我们一起过一个不一样的暑假!
报名和咨询参加义工组请扫描二维码(请备注逆行演出)

 

 

/关于我们/


举办机构:Vicina是一个非营利组织,致力于带领在美华裔青少年一起服务我们的社区。
协办机构:优品教育是一个为华人留学生提供全人成长服务的教育机构,服务范围包括6-12年级低龄留学、美国大学申请、冬令营、无惧营等。

导演团队:

Why should you become a BRAVE-Maker?

 

The following is a summary from the ACAN Youth Talk given by Emlyn Lee on May 29. 

Follow Emlyn Lee on Twitter @brave_atx

Join ACAN Youth on Discord to CONNECT, LEARN & SERVE (https://discord.gg/9VTSe7q) 

华盟公众号热烈欢迎家长和青少年投稿,中英文都可以。

 

If you couldn’t achieve something just because of your skin color, what would you do?

 

Unfortunately, Emlyn Lee had to witness this when she was only in 5th grade. She noticed that the main roles of a play at her school were all white students, even though there were other more talented, non-white students. When she was in 6th grade, the same happened to her and her best friend; they were given the supporting roles despite being more fit for the main.

 

Emlyn is the 5th (and youngest) daughter of her family. While her 1st and 3rd sisters had a gift for math and her 2nd and 4th sisters had art skills, Emlyn was sort of the “black sheep” of her family. Although she wasn’t good at a specific subject, she had great people skills and as a result, she was very aware of the injustices happening around her.

 

Angered by the unfairness, Emlyn encouraged the ”minority”

 classmates to boycott the play. This would be the beginning of her fight to bring awareness to the social injustice happening around us.

 

Many years later in 2001, after the tragic 9/11 attacks, Emlyn was inspired to start her first company. She and a group of volunteers helped Americans, predominantly 18-30 years old, to travel abroad to ~29 countries in 5 continents with  an immersive experience.. She worked on this business for about 10 years until she sold it.

 

In 2015, after multiple African Americans being shot to death because of their skin color, Emlyn created BRAVE Communities, a program dedicated to spreading awareness to social justice, amplifying voices of the marginalized, and advocating various political events, such as the census.

 

BRAVE stands for: Build Relationships Awareness Voices Engagement

 

BRAVE Communities is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that offers a variety of programs and services for the Greater Austin area and beyond. They host monthly community conversations, organize a monthly community celebration called “BRAVE-Fest”, and host young leaders for U.S. Department of State cultural and educational programs. This year, 2020, has two significant events: the US Census and the national presidential election, which only fall on the same year every 20 years. Because of the lasting impact that these two events will have over the next few years, Emlyn is hosting a summer program for female-identifying youth between the ages of 15-21 years old.  

 

This program, called BRAVE-Makers, is a leadership and social change program for young women. During this program, young women will develop leadership skills, explore racial identity, promote peer accountability, and become influencers for positive social change.

 

Right now we are living in a historic time. The COVID-19 pandemic not only caused hundreds of thousands of deaths, but revealed the inequities of living standard and access to healthcare among communities of color. The tragic death of George Floyd and many others show this. Not only that, but the two greatest powers in the world, China and the US, have increased tensions.

 

It is in this context that Emlyn came to speak to ACAN Youth last Friday and shared with us her life journey, her passion, and what we can do as ACAN Youth. Just as Emlyn said, “as an Asian American, this is probably the most impactful  time of our life. We can rise up and become an agent of change, a BRAVE-Maker.”

“as an Asian American, this is probably the most impactful  time of our life. We can rise up and become an agent of change, a BRAVE-Maker.”

-Emlyn Lee 

 

12

Volunteers

6,550

Meals Prepared

7,000

lbs of Food Sorted

Vicina Youth at Central Texas Food Bank


“As we work, we become united; we help each other without even needing to be asked– a hand to lift a heavy box there, or moving boxes out of their way.”

At first glance, the food bank does not look like a food bank. The building is quite large, and seems to be impossibly clean, which is exactly the opposite of other food banks I’ve been to.

Inside, waits clusters of people. To one side is a troop of Girl Scouts, all around the age of 10, along with their parents. On another side are a few groups of people, maybe families or other organizations similar to Vicina.

Once we’ve all checked in via the kiosks, an employee of a food bank walks up and explains to us the rules of the food bank: no tank tops, open toed shoes, gum, etc. She leads us past a large kitchen and into the product recovery room, where we are greeted by other employees, and told that we are to sort through frozen food today.

We are split into different groups. Six of our students go to help move around the finished products, and the rest of us help pass out food that needs to be distributed to the sorters. Other jobs include banana box lifters and trash sorters.

We work for three hours straight. Although there’s a break room, none of our students go to use it. While we work, background music is played, along with a football game (but most of it is ads). As we work, we become united; we help each other without even needing to be asked– a hand to lift a heavy box there, or moving boxes out of their way.

When we’re done, it seems like no time has passed. We all smile at each other, hearing the employee give us the stats: we’ve sorted through over 7,000 pounds of food, resulting in about 6,500 meals.

Rock climbing in Wyoming
20 days and 20 nights backpacking and rock climbing in Wind River Mountain Range
Ran the half marathon at age 13 and full marathon at age 14
Canoeing on Buffalo river, AR
Performing the violin for the elderly
Volunteering at Shepherd’s Field Children’s Village in China
Volunteering at a food bank in New Orleans

Living in a Fearful World


Dear Reader,

 

The world we live in is a world full of anxiety, stress, and doubt. This is not a new discovery, but it isn’t a topic that we teenagers reflect upon often. However, the truth still stands: we live in a world of fear. In fact, a while ago, my dad said this: “I’ve been alive for XX years, but this is the first time I’ve seen the world in so much fear [due to the coronavirus outbreak],” and it got me thinking.

 

From the very start of our lives, even before we are born, our parents are worried for our life, our health, our future. As we grow up and start making friends, we start experiencing something known as “fear of missing out.” As we mature into young adults, we start becoming anxious for our own futures. When we grow older and have families, we become stressed about our own children’s lives, their health, and their future. And on and on it goes.

 

Various researchers have determined that one of the factors influencing our decision making (both consciously and unconsciously), is our emotions, fear being one of the main ones. Fear can cause us to overthink, make crazy decisions, and lose options when we put off or avoid difficult decisions.

 

A few weeks ago, a student who studies in America flew back to the U.S. from China. Although he hadn’t been anywhere near any confirmed or suspected the coronavirus, once the news of his return was leaked to his classmates, parents started calling and insisting that the principal needed to suspend the student from school. This student’s own family members were afraid of the .001% chance of him having the virus that they thought about setting up a tent in their backyard to quarantine him, causing the principal to step in and allow the student to live in her home.

 

Bless the principal. Pray for the parents.

 

Although this problem will never be solved, there are many steps that we can take that will help us live fearlessly in a world of fear. Here are a few:

Be cautious but brave

It’s impossible to be completely fear-free, but instead of turning that fear into something negative, be cautious when needed. If you’re stressed out because of the coronavirus, for example, wash your hands often and sneeze into your elbow. Encourage your friends and family to do the same, if they don’t already. However, there is no need to wear a face mask wherever you go and discriminate against Chinese people.

YOLO

You only live once, so don’t spend your whole life too afraid to do something new. Someday in the future when you look back at your life, I guarantee that at least half of your most regrettable moments have something to do with fear.

Take calculated risks

Of course I’m not telling you to do anything dumb, but wouldn’t you rather die having attempted to climb Mount Everest (with serious training) than dying with no significant achievements in your life because you were too afraid to go out of your comfort zone?

Open your eyes

Don’t be blind to other views. Listen to other people’s perspectives. And if you decide to do something about it, at least get your facts straight.

 

When the coronavirus first broke out, a group of Chinese (half from Shanghai, the other half from Wuhan) were in Japan, ready to board their flight back to China. They had all been in Japan for a few weeks, before the virus even broke out. However, when the Shanghainese heard the Wuhan people’s dialect, they refused to board the plane and instead demanded that the airline send another plane just for them. When people are this divided, how can they ever hope to solve the bigger problem?

No one is perfect

There is no such thing as perfect, and it’s normal to be afraid. What matters is what you will do with that fear. Will you use it to do something for the good of the world or will you turn it into something harmful to others?

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;

I have called you by name;

you are Mine.”

-Isaiah 43:1