Aug. 5, 2020

Surviving to Educate w/ Annie Tan

Surviving to Educate w/ Annie Tan
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The Bánh Mì Chronicles

(S3, EP 1) Annie Tan, special education teacher, activist, writer and storyteller, kicks things off as my first guest of the 3rd season of the podcast.  In this discussion, Annie talked about the challenges she has faced as a teacher in NYC during Covid-19, and the impact that it has on her students, school colleagues, and parents.  She shared her reflection on learning about being related to Vincent Chin, who back in 1982, was murdered by a group of white men in Detroit in a hate-crime attack.  She talked about the Asian-American movement that followed soon after his death.  Annie shared her thoughts about the current national civil unrest in the awake of George Floyd's death, and what it means to talk about anti-Blackness in the API community and with her family.   Check out this episode


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Annie Tan is a special education teacher, activist, writer and storyteller based in Chinatown, New York City. Annie fights for her students, public education, teachers unions, tenants rights, Asian American issues and racial justice. Annie's work has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, New Republic, PBS' documentary series "Asian Americans," and two of her stories have been featured on the Moth Radio Hour on NPR. Annie is currently working on a book about her family and Asian American history. You can follow Annie's work at and Twitter/Instagram at @annietangent.

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