In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and Mother’s Day, 18MillionRising.org (18MR) has launched the #TYMom project. The project includes the production of a Thank You Mom video to express love and gratitude to moms — as well as to our diverse AAPI heritages and communities. In addition to leaders like Asian American Justice Center president and former Minnesota State Senator Mee Moua and National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum Director Miriam Yeung, you might recognize some of our Internet friends such as Ho Chie Tsai of TaiwaneseAmerican.com and Jeff Yang of The Wall Street Journal. Check out the video!
In addition to the video, 18MR has created a unique TYMom.org microsite, where users can create a custom, multilingual thank you message for their moms. The TYMom.org site also features an interactive map showing where senders and recipients are located throughout the country.
This year, APA Heritage Month also falls at a critical time when the Senate is reviewing a comprehensive immigration reform bill. 18MR intends for the #TYMom project to highlight the importance of moms and the value of keeping families together within the current immigration reform debate. For more about how immigration law affects women, mothers and family, check out my report for BlogHer: 6 Ways Immigration Reform Can Help Women.