Congratulations to AABANY Leader Eugene Kim, Assistant Editor for Book on 50 Asian Life Stories from Around the World

Eugene Kim, Vice-Chair of AABANY’s Pro Bono and Community Service Committee, is one of the editors of the recently published book 50 People. 50 Stories. I AM ASIAN. by Asian & Loud, Kevin Wang (Editor), and Loretta M. Cheung (Editor). The book is a collection of 50 uncensored life stories written by 50 Asian authors from around the world representing different ages, careers, and perspectives.

Eugene joined the project at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic after coming across the I AM ASIAN page on social media. He became interested in the project because he grew up around Asians who did not feel that they fit the model minority myth. Eugene believed the theme of the book, figuring out and being comfortable with our place and identity, was important to share. People with privilege often get to dictate the narrative, but this book was providing a platform for Asians around the world to share their story.

As a public defender with the Legal Aid Society, Eugene did not have the time to write his own story, so he joined the project as an editor. He was assigned a set number of authors’ stories to edit and he finished in August 2020. Speaking about the book, Eugene said, “The beauty of 50 different stories is that each story is unique. And although some stories are different from others (i.e. an Asian rapper, athletes, and growing up in foster care), there are some stories that may seem similar. However, even the ones that read similarly to others, they are still original in their own way, so there is definitely something in the book for every reader.”

Please join AABANY in congratulating Eugene on his creative work. 50 People. 50 Stories. I AM ASIAN. is available in print and electronically. To view the book on Goodreads, click here.

Congratulations to Grace Meng

After a historic Democratic National Convention in which Hillary Clinton became the first woman to be nominated for President by a major political party, more history was made when Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-NY) was elected Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee.

“I will bring to this role the same commitment to elevating diverse voices that has driven so much of my public service,” said Congresswoman Meng. “I will work tirelessly to elect leaders who will take on vital issues like immigration reform and gun safety. I will bring our energy and passion to work within the DNC to ensure it represents Democrats from all walks of life and all corners of our party.”

Before she was elected to public office, she was an attorney and a member of AABANY. Please join us in congratulating Congresswoman Meng on her election to the leadership of the Democratic National Committee.