What does it mean to be very Asian and very American – isthmus

Media statement: We celebrate what makes Madison ‘so Asian’

July 3-8, we’re spotlighting Madison’s Asian community during our very inaugural Asian Week, presented by Madison Magazine and the Very Asian Foundation. The week consists of two parts:

A networking hour featuring an appetizer prepared by Chef Tori Miller followed by a panel discussion moderated by News 3 Now anchor, Charlotte DeList. Speakers will discuss what it means to be very Asian and very American. Learn more about how to bring their full humanity to the table, what challenges they face as a group, how to develop conversations in equity and how to work with allies and partners in the community.

Enjoy this vegan vegan pasta appetizer prepared by Chef Tori Miller of L’Etoile and Graze.

A portion of the ticket price will be donated to The Very Asian Foundation, which will use the money to allocate access to literature at libraries in Wisconsin, since there is no mandatory curriculum. The American Institute of Family Insurance for Corporate and Social Impact will offer a similar gift for very Asian Week proceeds of up to $10,000. Learn more about the institute at amfaminstitute.com.


Michelle Lee, Journalist, The Very Asian Foundation

Alice Choi, Hip Food Mom

Tori Miller, James Beard Award-Winning Chef

Francesca Hong, legislator for Wisconsin

Mike Mo, Actor, Founder of Moh Martial Arts and Go Ninja

Where: American Family Institute, 821 E. Washington Ave. in The Spark building (8th floor)

Time: 5-6pm: Networking + Appetizers Japanese Vegan Noodles by Chef Tori Miller | 6-7:30 pm: Discussion session

Parking: There is a city parking garage directly behind The Spark Building on South Livingston Street and East Main.

In accordance with Madison Magazine’s duty to host safe and responsible events, evidence of a complete COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 test within three days prior to the event is required to enter into the discussion of the Asian and American Very Committee. This policy complies with all applicable laws and is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health authorities. All attendees must check in with their vaccination card or proof of negative COVID-19 test at the information kiosk at the entrance to the event. Anyone who does not comply with this policy will be denied entry to the event.

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