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My American Story

May 18 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This is an annual event to celebrate AAPI heritage month. We invite AAPI panelists from Lexington and the surrounding communities to share their personal stories to show the diversity and commonality within the AAPI community and what it means to be Americans of AAPI heritage. This event can help build connections between different ethnic groups within the AAP Community and between the AAPI and other communities.

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Charles Inouye

A resident of Lexington and a third-generation Japanese American, Charles Inouye is a professor of Japanese literature and visual culture at Tufts University. For his life and spiritual journey, see zion earth zen sky, a haiku memoir, and Hymns of Silence, short stories mixed with haiku.

Weina Dai

Weina Dai Randel is the Wall Street Journal bestselling, award-winning author of four historical novels, including The Last Rose of Shanghai, and The Empress of Bright Moon, a duology about Wu Zetian. Weina is the winner of the RWA RITA® Award. She also received the Mass Cultural Council’s art grant in 2023. She lives in Lexington.

Ye Zhang Pogue

Ye Zhang Pogue, Ph.D., is a health policy researcher and writer. She immigrated to the U.S. from China in 2011. She is active in public policy discussions that affect the AAPI community. She pursues her American Dream through civic engagement.

Leela Jia-Ling Basu

Leela Jia-Ling Basu is a Chinese Bengali American and a junior at Lexington High School. At LHS, Leela is a Head of Lighting and President of the Drama Company. Additionally, she is part of the Student Council and Global Mentor Alliance. Leela loves dancing with Legacy Dance Company.

Diya Nigam

A freshman at Lexington High School, Diya Nigam is passionate about Indian Culture from its history to Bollywood movies. She serves as the Student Liaison for Indian Americans of Lexington (IAL). She has trained in Kathak, North Indian classical dance, for eight years and performed extensively across Boston.


May 18
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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