AAJA Governing Board Responds to Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration

Our organization was founded on a shared vision and a unique understanding of what defined the immigrant or AAPI experience. AAJA has a commitment to accurately cover the implications of President Trump’s executive order on immigration from all angles and complexities, including its impact on the immigrant community. We remain dedicated to providing fair and accurate coverage of communities of color. We believe empathy elevates our reporting, and context distinguishes our journalism. These are cornerstones of what we stand for at AAJA, and we will not stand for anything less.

The stories we tell have a profound impact on what the public learns about the communities they may not have access to. As a daughter of a Cambodian refugee and a Singaporean immigrant, I, along with many fellow AAJA members, understand why these narratives are so nuanced and deserve fair and accurate coverage. Over the years, we’ve developed a style guide for covering Asian America, which we recommend sharing with your colleagues. We’ve also extended our support to Muslim journalists in light of recent events, and partnered with more than 60 journalism organizations to demand transparency under the Trump administration.

AAJA is here to support you and our fellow journalists. With patience and perseverance, we will continue delivering on our promise to the communities we serve.

In unity,

AAJA President Yvonne Leow & Governing Board