Civic Leadership Forum Silicon Valleyto launch music video to promote Diversity
Civic Leadership Forum Silicon Valley to launch A first Anti-Hate music video to promote Diversity in the Silicon Valley
On Sept. 3rd, Silicon Valley Community Media and Ding Ding TV invite you to the launch of the music video “All of Us Belong Right Here.” The video is a result of a collective community effort to share the message “All of Us Belong Right Here.” Over 60 people participated in the making of the video, with 20 elected officials making an appearance.
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Joel Wong (the chair of National Asian Americans United) composed the lyrics and music. Silicon Valley Community Media and Ding Ding TV produced of the video. “All of Us Belong Right Here” is the first music video to promote the “Stop the Hate” campaign and diversity in Silicon Valley.
Civic Leadership Forum Silicon Valley on Sept. 3rd will serve as the launch of the video. It will also feature a panel of diverse community leaders and elected officials to deliver the message: “We All Belong Right Here”.
The panelists at Civic Leadership Forum Silicon Valley include Lisa Gillmor (Mayor of Santa Clara), Lily Mei (Mayor of Fremont), Ken Fong (Founder and Chairman of Kenson Ventures), and Jay Chen (President of the Board of Trustees for Mt. San Antonio Community College, Lieutenant Commander US Navy).
Why does the “All of Us Belong Right Here” message matter?
America is a country of immigrants but is currently facing numerous challenges. The ascendance of China brings into question its preeminence as the world’s leader. Instead of utilizing our main asset – diversity – many are choosing to ignore the fact Asian and Chinese Americans contributed to the economic and technological advancement of the United States.
Likewise, the Covid-19 pandemic saw a rapid spread of misinformation and fear. For over two years, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders suffered physical and verbal attacks, causing them to feel unsafe and unwelcome in public spaces. AAPI businesses were also targeted. According to Stop AAPI Hate, as of August 2021, more than 9,000 anti-Asian incidents had been reported since the beginning of the pandemic.
“All of Us Belong Right Here” affirms the message – each wave of immigrants into our country, whether voluntary or otherwise, brought something unique and contributed to the greatness of this country.
“America’s great ‘cause we’re diverse
We hailed from all corners of our universe!
So let’s stay united and be of good cheer,
All of us belong right here!”
Community partners for the event include Kenson Ventures, National Asian Americans United, California State Library, Ethnic Media Service, CLUSA, Studio One, OneVetOneVote, Music Land School of Music, Jane Huang Dance Academy, American Chinese Youth Performing Art Foundation, American Teochow Foundation, and Cupertino Rotary Club.
Ding Ding TV and Civic Leadership USA created Civic Leadership Forum in 2016 to provide a platform for the next generation of the AAPI community and empower them to participate in civic engagement and leadership. Likewise, the forums aim to create a national network of AAPI civic-minded organizations and have them and their leaders work in unity. So far, over 2000 elected officials, community leaders, students, and parents have participated in the events. The forum’s content reached over 200.000 people in Silicon Valley Bay Area and the United States.
“The Stop The Hate campaign is made possible with funding from the California State Library (CSL) in partnership with the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs (CAPIAA). The views expressed on this website and other materials produced by Ding Ding TV (SVI Channel) do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the CSL, CAPIAA, or the California government. Learn more at (www.dingdingtv.com/stopthehate) or capiaa.ca.gov/stop-the-hate”