WPS Hosts Community Conversation for AAPI Heritage Month

WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) – Waynesboro Public Schools is celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with a special community conversation on anti-racism and the book “Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning.”

Lorraine Dresch of Waynesboro High School and Virginia Tech Assistant Professor Dr. S. Moon Cassinelli will lead the conversation on Wednesday evening.

The two were recently published in the Georgia Review after writing about the identity of the Korean diaspora in the American South.

“A chance to hear someone else’s stories. Often stories are lost because of the majority. This allows others to talk and share their experiences. Listening to other people’s stories gives you a chance to empathize and connect with others,” explained Kendra Jones-Carter, Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion for Public Schools. of Waynesboro City.

Jones-Carter says this will be a time for community members to have anti-racist reflections on Asian and Asian American communities within Waynesboro schools.

“Anti-racism is when you think critically about your own biases, stereotypes and biases. Once you have a clear understanding of this, you are doing your part to end the negative narrative that often accompanies people who are often of diverse cultures, different languages, or diverse identities,” Jones-Carter said.

The event will take place on Zoom and you can register by clicking here. There will be a question and answer period at the end of the event and there is an option to submit questions when registering.

Jones-Carter says the goal is to normalize discussions about race so they hope to continue these community conversations in the future.

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