AAPIC Newsletter 2021 Q4
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AAPIC Scholarship 2021 Winners
This year's winners exemplified outstanding qualifications, commitment to the community, and vision to advance the Asian American and Pacific Islanders in the Commonwealth of MA! 

Young Leaders Scholarship
  • Cassandra Kuechler 
  • Shubhecchha Dhaurali 
Community Activism Scholarship
  • Jessica Chen
  • Ka Man Hau 
  • Kimi Nguyen 
COVID-19 Relief Scholarship
  • Grace Lee 
  • Josephine Kuo 

AAPI Artist Feature
Sign up to be featured! Under the leadership of the Arts & Culture Committee, the AAPIC would like to feature an artist each month to amplify their efforts to the art community as well as their own respective communities! 
 If you have any questions, please email

Staff & Commissioner Highlights 
Intern Spotlights
In the last couple of months we onboarded three interns: Haseeb Hamza, Bonnie Chen, and Derek Yuan! Let's give them a warm welcome!
Read, Watch & Listen
  • Article: ‘Protect Chinatown’s family’: Program aims to mitigate fear, combat isolation caused by Asian hate | The Boston Globe
  • Article: As Chinatown changes, community leaders push to preserve its historic legacy as a bastion for immigrants | The Boston Globe
  • Article: Brown, Desi, South Asian: Diaspora reflects on the terms that represent, erase them
  • Article: Where I'm Really From: Boston AAPI Leaders Answer on Their Own Terms
  • Article: Omicron becomes dominant variant in Mass., already ‘straining the system’
  • YouTube Channel: Check out this year’s Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF) Q&A sessions with filmmakers 
  • Video: FULL SPEECH | Michelle Wu Speaks on Election Night in Boston
  • Video: Sesame Street: See Us Coming Together Special w/ new neighbor Ji-Young
  • Video: At Home on the Range | New York Times 
COVID-19 Updates
COVID-19 FAQ | Official Updates in MA | Get Tested
 Vaccination Locations | Multilingual COVID-19 Resources
Latest Update: Governor Charlie Baker on December 15, 2021 | Watch here
  • Everyone age 16+ who lives, works, or studies in Massachusetts should get a COVID-19 booster.
  • People age 18+ can get any vaccine and any booster.
  • 16-17 year olds can get a Pfizer booster.  
  • People ages 5-17 can get the Pfizer vaccine
The vaccine is safe and effective.
You don't need an ID or insurance to get it. 
Find a location at | Learn more about the booster
According to The Boston Globe, the Omicron variant has swiftly overtaken Delta as the dominant form of the coronavirus in Massachusetts, according to a new analysis by scientists at The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, now accounting for the majority of the cases here. 

The announcement from the Broad comes as the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that Omicron accounted for 73 percent of new coronavirus cases in the United States between Dec. 12 and 18, up from 12.6 percent during the week ending Dec. 11. In New England, Omicron made up 37.7 percent of cases, the CDC estimates.

  Programming Recap 
2021 Young Leaders Symposium
On November 6, 2021, we kicked off our 10th Annual Young Leaders Symposium. This year's theme was "Amplifying AAPI Voices through Education, Identity Building and Advocacy." We would like to give out a special thank you to our speakers and attendees! See you guys at the 11th YLS!
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