Op-Ed Workshop “Silent No More” – Summary and Report

Recording now available here

On May 1, 2021, UCA held a “Silent No More: We Rise-Up and Write-Up” webinar to kick-off the month-long celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage. This webinar was a part of a new initiative that aims to make our voices heard and presence felt through opinions and editorials (op-eds).

UCA President Haipei Shue and Board Member Hardy Li introduced UCA, the event, and the speakers. Speaker Mary C. Curtis, an award-winning journalist, provided information on how to write an op-ed and suggestions to two drafts in a live editing session. Speaker Melissa Green, deputy Director of Communications at Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, talked about how employees at nonprofits and individuals can write op-eds. UCA Advisor Monica He moderated a panel on the editorial and author sides of op-ed writing. The panel consisted of Atlanta Journal-Constitution Editorial Editor Andre Jackson, UCA member, nurse educator, and op-ed authors Lily Chen, and public relations professional Lucca Wang. UCA Communications Chair Changfu Chang provided concluding remarks.

 Over 140 people, mostly Asian Americans, attended the webinar. The event has generated considerable interest and enthusiasm; we have received very positive feedback and op-ed drafts from our members. The recording of the webinar is available at below:

Pre-survey data were collected from the 272 people who registered. The main things we noted were:

(1) There was broad geographic representation among the registrants (37+ states and 11 countries).

(2) The sample was self-selective, with very high education levels. The majority were women and adults.

(3) An overwhelming majority of the registrants agreed that is it important to write and publish articles in order to make our voices heard in the nationwide conversations about Asian American issues.

(4) While many of them felt comfortable writing, only a small percentage of them have written an op-ed article before.

(5) There were multiple reasons for the lack of publications. Some of them could be addressed through providing training and resources.

(6) WeChat is the main source of communication among the Chinese American community.

Here is a brief summary of the complete data: 
  1. Demographics

(1) A total of 272 people registered for the webinar.

(2) While the majority of registrants were in the United States, thanks to our online platform we also had international representation from Canada, Australia, China, and Taiwan, as well as seven other countries.

(3) Registrants from the United States were from over 37 states. Seven states had the most registrants (over 5% each): CA, IL, NC, MA, NJ, NY, and TX.

(4) The majority of them were women (73%).

(5) About 91% identified as Chinese.

(6) Most of the registrants were adults; about 3% were youth.

(7) Almost 74% of the registrants have a graduate degree.

(8) 78% of the registrants have Chinese as their first language while 18% have English as the first language.

  1. Survey Questions

(1) 88% agreed that it is important to make our voices heard in the nationwide conversations about Asian American issues.

(2) 89% agreed that writing and publications by Asian Americans can help advocate for our voices to broader communities on the rise of anti-Asian hate crimes.

(3) 90% agreed that our community members need to reach as many local newspapers as we can by telling our stories and sharing our thoughts.

(4) 75% felt comfortable with writing to local newspapers and other media outlets to express their views.

(5) 92% wanted to learn how to write and submit an article on Asian American issues.

(6) Only 16% have written a “Letter to the Editor” or “Op-Ed” article before.

(7) There were multiple reasons for not being able to write or publish, including not knowing where to submit an article (35%) and how to write (31%), having concerns about English writing skills (29%), (d) not having time to write (26%), etc.

(8) Most of the registrants found out about the webinar through WeChat. Other sources included community members, speakers and panelists from other webinars, and other social media outlets (e.g., Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn).

A few pertinent results are highlighted in the charts below.
Mary C. Curtis

Mary C. Curtis, a columnist at Roll Call, is an award-winning journalist and educator based in Charlotte, N.C., and Washington, D.C. She is host of the CQ Roll Call podcast “Equal Time, with Mary C. Curtis.” She has contributed to NBC News, NPR, The Washington Post, The Root, ESPN’s The Undefeated and talks politics on WCCB-TV and NPR-affiliate WFAE in Charlotte. Curtis has worked at The New York Times, the Charlotte Observer, the Baltimore Sun, and the Associated Press, and was national correspondent for AOL’s Politics Daily. Her coverage specialty is the intersection of politics, culture and race, and she has covered the 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns.

 Curtis is a Senior Leader with The OpEd Project, facilitating “Write to Change the World” seminars, at Yale University, Cornell University, and the Ford Foundation and at the Aspen New Voices Fellowship in Johannesburg, South Africa. Curtis was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and a Kiplinger Fellowin social media, at Ohio State.

Curtis was chosen to be included in The HistoryMakers, the single largest archival collection of its kind in the world designed to promote and celebrate the successes and to document movements, events and organizations that are important to the African American community and to American society; it is available digitally and permanently archived in the Library of Congress.

Her honors include Clarion Awards from the Association for Women in Communications, awards from the National Headliners and the Society of Professional Journalists, three first-place awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, two first-place SPJ DC Dateline awards, and the Thomas Wolfe Award for an examination of Confederate heritage groups. Curtis has contributed to several books, including an essay in “Now What: The Voters Have Spoken, Essays on Life After Trump” and “Covering Politics in the Age of Trump.” 

Twitter: @mcurtisnc3 

Melissa Green

Melissa Green is the Deputy Director for Communications for Clinical Scholars, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program. Melissa began her career providing technical assistance to health departments and community-based organizations in North Carolina. Her public health practice and research focus is health equity and collaboration between communities and academic institutions. Her research interests include health disparities across the cancer continuum, peer support interventions, disease prevention, and factors that influence participation in health research. She earned her Masters of Public Health from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health in Health. She is a staff member of UNC’s Center for Health Equity Research, adjunct faculty in UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Maternal and Child Health department and a doctoral candidate at A. T. Still University.  

Andre Jackson

Andre Jackson became Opinion Editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in April 2009. He oversees the newspaper’s thought leadership expressed via its Sunday editorial page and daily opinion pages.  

Previously, Jackson was Senior Editor for business, federal and state news at the AJC, which included overseeing the state capital and D.C. bureaus. He joined the AJC in 2008 as an editorial writer covering business and the economy. He began his newspapering career in 1984.

Jian (Lily) Chen

Jian (Lily) Chen: Lily is a First Generation Chinese American,  RWJF  Clinical Scholar Fellow, UCA WAVES Youth Mental Health Project Director and nurse Educator at North Carolina Central University. She recently wrote an OpEd “ Silenced Voices Speaking Out ” and a letter to the editor “Asian Americans.

王曦 Lucca Wang

Lucca Wang 王曦 is a biracial and third-generation Chinese American woman native to the Midwest where she lives now. She has been a public relations and communications professional for 14 years, and and has two recently published op-eds in the Kansas City Star and Ms. Magazine on her own experience and perspective and the long history of anti-Asian racism in the U.S. and what is happening now. She is a journalism school graduate of Drake University and an alum of The Op-Ed Project.

Co-hosted by United Chinese Americans (UCA) and the Asian and Pacific Islander Caucus of the University of North Carolina (www.apicunc.org)

“不再沉默:我们奋起书写”
——如何让英文媒体发出我们的声音!

本次网络研讨会是一项新的倡议,旨在通过“读者来信”(Letters to the Editor)或“专栏文章”(Op-Ed)让我们的声音和存在感得到倾听。我们将学习如何利用当地媒体去开始并且维持一个关于亚裔美国人的全国性对话。

我们邀请了媒体专家、资深记者和UCA活跃成员进行分享,他们将讨论向媒体投稿的影响、“读者来信”和发表“专栏文章”的来龙去脉以及UCA可以提供的资源。

研讨会还将提供一个现场编辑演示,为如何撰写“专栏文章”提供实际操作指导。

最近,一些UCA成员已经撰写并发表了“读者来信”和“专栏文章”。这些资讯可以由像我们这样的利益相关者提交来有效地将我们介绍给更广泛的社区,并解决反亚洲仇恨犯罪的上升。报纸的“读者来信”和“社论对页版”是公共论坛,读者可以在这里参与讨论和辩论具有公共重要性的问题。我们相信UCA会员可以利用这个公共空间为我们带来益处。

这项倡议的直接目标是让我们的成员接触到尽可能多的地方报纸,讲述他们的故事,分享他们对最近事件的看法。我们的长远目标是,当新闻、事件和政策影响到我们时,我们的会员都可以放心地写信给报纸,来表达他们的观点。

我们鼓励您准备一封“读者来信”的草稿或一篇“专栏文章”(不超过800字)并发送给changfu@viewhigherfilms.com。Curtis女士将选择两份草稿,并在网络研讨会上对其进行现场编辑。她最近编辑的文章发表在华盛顿邮报和亚特兰大宪法杂志上。

请访问https://www.theopedproject.org/ 获取免费资源。

请加入我们这个有意义的研讨会,做出积极的改变!

Monica He
薛海培(Haipei Shue) , 美国华人联合会(UCA)主席
黎观城(Hardy Li), 波特兰市中华友好协会前会长, 全美华人联合会(UCA)理事
Mary Curtis  &  Melissa Green
Mary C. Curtis

Mary C. Curtis 是Roll Call的专栏作家,是一位获奖的记者和教育家,居住于北卡罗来纳州夏洛特和华盛顿特区。她是CQ Roll Call播客“Equal Time, with Mary C. Curtis.”的主持人。她曾为NBC News, NPR, The Washington Post, The Root, ESPN’s The Undefeated做出贡献,并在夏洛特的WCCB-TV and NPR-affiliate WFAE上谈论政治。

Curtis供职于《纽约时报》、《夏洛特观察家报》、《巴尔的摩太阳报》和美联社,并担任美国在线《政治日报》的全国记者。她的报道专长是政治、文化和种族的交集,她曾报道过2008年、2012年、2016年和2020年的总统竞选活动。

Curtis是“专栏文章”的资深编辑,协助在耶鲁大学、康奈尔大学、福特基金会和南非约翰内斯堡的阿斯彭新声奖学金举办了“写作改变世界”研讨会。Curtis曾获得哈佛大学尼曼奖学金和俄亥俄州立大学社交媒体吉卜林格奖学金。

Curtis被选入 The HistoryMakers,这是世界上最大的档案馆,旨在宣传并记录非裔美国人社区和美国社会重要的运动、事件和组织,它可以在国会图书馆以数字方式永久存档。

她的荣誉包括美国女性传媒协会颁发的号角奖、全国头条新闻和专业记者协会颁发的奖项、全国黑人记者协会颁发的三项一等奖、两项SPJ DC Dateline一等奖,以及托马斯沃尔夫奖。Curtis撰写了几本书,包括一篇文章《现在该做什么: 选民们的发言,特朗普之后的生活随笔》(Now What: The Voters Have Spoken, Essays on Life After Trump)和《特朗普时代的政治报道》(Covering Politics in The Age of Trump)。

Melissa Green

Melissa 是罗伯特·伍德·约翰逊基金会(Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)临床学者交流项目的副主任。

Melissa的职业生涯始于为北卡罗莱纳州的卫生部门和社区组织提供技术援助。她的公共卫生实践和研究重点是卫生公平和社区与学术机构之间的合作。

她的研究兴趣包括癌症连续体的健康差异、疾病预防和影响健康因素等。她获得了北卡罗来纳大学教堂山分校公共卫生学院的公共卫生硕士学位。她是北卡罗来纳大学健康公平研究中心的工作人员,北卡罗来纳大学吉林斯全球公共卫生学院孕产妇和儿童健康系的兼职教员,以及 A.T. Still大学的博士候选人。

Andre Jackson
陈健(Lily Chen)
王曦(Lucca Wang)
Andre Jackson

Andre是亚特兰大宪法杂志和AJC.com的言论版编辑。

2009年4月,他成为《亚特兰大宪法杂志》的言论版编辑,负责管理报纸的周日社论版和每日观点版。

此前,Andre是AJC商业、联邦和州新闻的高级编辑,负责管理亚特兰大和首都华盛顿特区的分社。他于2008年加入AJC,担任商业和经济方面的社论作家。他于1984年开始他的新闻事业。

陈健 Jian (Lily) Chen

Lily是第一代美籍华人,RWJF临床学者,UCA WAVES青年心理健康项目主任,北卡罗来纳中央大学护士教育家。她最近写了一篇专栏文章“沉默的声音在说话”在AJC.com上发表,还给北卡报纸New and Observers写了一封信“亚裔美国人”。

王曦 Lucca Wang

Lucca 是第三代美籍华人,她现在居住在美国中西部。她是一名专业的媒体专业,过去十四年一直从事媒体公关与传播工作。

她最近在《堪萨斯城星报》和《Ms. Magazine》上发表了两篇专栏文章,内容包括她自己的经历和观点,以及美国反亚裔种族主义的悠久历史和现在正在发生的事情。

她毕业于德雷克大学(Drake University)新闻学院,是The Op-Ed Project的校友。

Changfu Chang, 美国华人联合会(UCA)媒体委员会主席
美国华人联合会(UCA)

Chinese Friendship Association of Portland

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar

The MGH Center for Cross-Cultural Students Emotional Wellness 

The Asian and Pacific Islander Caucus

Mary C. Curtis

Mary C. Curtis 是Roll Call的专栏作家,是一位获奖的记者和教育家,居住于北卡罗来纳州夏洛特和华盛顿特区。她是CQ Roll Call播客“Equal Time, with Mary C. Curtis.”的主持人。她曾为NBC News, NPR, The Washington Post, The Root, ESPN’s The Undefeated做出贡献,并在夏洛特的WCCB-TV and NPR-affiliate WFAE上谈论政治。

Curtis供职于《纽约时报》、《夏洛特观察家报》、《巴尔的摩太阳报》和美联社,并担任美国在线《政治日报》的全国记者。她的报道专长是政治、文化和种族的交集,她曾报道过2008年、2012年、2016年和2020年的总统竞选活动。

Curtis是“专栏文章”的资深编辑,协助在耶鲁大学、康奈尔大学、福特基金会和南非约翰内斯堡的阿斯彭新声奖学金举办了“写作改变世界”研讨会。Curtis曾获得哈佛大学尼曼奖学金和俄亥俄州立大学社交媒体吉卜林格奖学金。

Curtis被选入 The HistoryMakers,这是世界上最大的档案馆,旨在宣传并记录非裔美国人社区和美国社会重要的运动、事件和组织,它可以在国会图书馆以数字方式永久存档。

她的荣誉包括美国女性传媒协会颁发的号角奖、全国头条新闻和专业记者协会颁发的奖项、全国黑人记者协会颁发的三项一等奖、两项SPJ DC Dateline一等奖,以及托马斯沃尔夫奖。Curtis撰写了几本书,包括一篇文章《现在该做什么: 选民们的发言,特朗普之后的生活随笔》(Now What: The Voters Have Spoken, Essays on Life After Trump)和《特朗普时代的政治报道》(Covering Politics in The Age of Trump)。

Melissa Green

Melissa 是罗伯特·伍德·约翰逊基金会(Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)临床学者交流项目的副主任。

Melissa的职业生涯始于为北卡罗莱纳州的卫生部门和社区组织提供技术援助。她的公共卫生实践和研究重点是卫生公平和社区与学术机构之间的合作。

她的研究兴趣包括癌症连续体的健康差异、疾病预防和影响健康因素等。她获得了北卡罗来纳大学教堂山分校公共卫生学院的公共卫生硕士学位。她是北卡罗来纳大学健康公平研究中心的工作人员,北卡罗来纳大学吉林斯全球公共卫生学院孕产妇和儿童健康系的兼职教员,以及a . T. Still大学的博士候选人。

Andre Jackson
陈健(Lily Chen)
王曦(Lucca Wang)
Andre Jackson

Andre是亚特兰大宪法杂志和AJC.com的言论版编辑。

2009年4月,他成为《亚特兰大宪法杂志》的言论版编辑,负责管理报纸的周日社论版和每日观点版。

此前,Andre是AJC商业、联邦和州新闻的高级编辑,负责管理亚特兰大和首都华盛顿特区的分社。他于2008年加入AJC,担任商业和经济方面的社论作家。他于1984年开始他的新闻事业。

陈健 Jian (Lily) Chen

Lily是第一代美籍华人,RWJF临床学者,UCA WAVES青年心理健康项目主任,北卡罗来纳中央大学护士教育家。她最近写了一篇专栏文章“沉默的声音在说话”在AJC.com上发表,还给北卡报纸New and Observers写了一封信“亚裔美国人”。

王曦 Lucca Wang

Lucca 是第三代美籍华人,她现在居住在美国中西部。她是一名专业的媒体工作者,过去五年一直从事媒体公关工作。

她最近在《堪萨斯城星报》《mmagazine》上发表了两篇专栏文章,内容包括她自己的经历和观点,以及美国反亚裔种族主义的悠久历史和现在正在发生的事情。

她毕业于德雷克大学(Drake University)新闻学院,是The Op-Ed Project的校友。

Changfu Chang, 美国华人联合会(UCA)媒体委员会主席
美国华人联合会(UCA)

Chinese Friendship Association of Portland

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar

The MGH Center for Cross-Cultural Students Emotional Wellness 

The Asian and Pacific Islander Caucus

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