We’re excited to announce that Rising with the Tides storytelling project has a new home. People can learn more about the selected journalistic pieces and the storytellers behind the stories at the dedicated site.
Comcast and the Asian American Journalists Association San Francisco Bay Area chapter (AAJA-SF) came together in late April to brainstorm ideas of how to further support the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. At the time, the AAPI community had become the target of an alarming rise in anti-Asian sentiment. During this time, many of the AAJA-SF members, mostly AAPI journalists and storytellers, were being impacted by increasing layoffs in the media industry brought on by the pandemic’s economic impact. By May, AAJA-SF and Comcast had launched Rising with the Tides, an inaugural storytelling project designed to support AAPI storytellers and amplify stories of the local AAPI community.
AAJA-SF managed the call for story pitches about the AAPI community in the Bay Area that reflected the themes of “Resilience” and “Solidarity.” By the end of the summer, AAJA-SF awarded $1,000 to seven different journalistic projects that illuminated the urgency of dismantling racism in America and explored themes of solidarity between AAPI and Black communities. These stories are becoming available through a specially curated page. Each story will be published on this site on an ongoing basis until January. Read more about some of the project’s published stories here and watch Rising with the Tides lasted feature on NBC’s Asian Pacific America with Robert Handa, featuring External Affairs Director Jenny Gendron.