For Asian Youth in Baltimore, a Journey from Embarrassed to Empowered

The student organizers had solid answers ready when asked why, with only a tiny contingent of Asian students at the Baltimore School for the Arts, was it so important to put on an event for Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month?

“Yes, there is K-pop and karate, but there’s so much more to Korean culture,” 15-year-old Elliot Bullock said.

It’s a chance to say “we’re here and we’re talented, but we also come with a background of things we grew up with, things that are part of us,” another organizer, Jay Manalansan, replied.