With the approach of the Aug. 3 primary election, nonprofit Rising Voices seeks to empower metro Detroit’s Asian American community through voter outreach and education. To amplify their mission, the organization teamed up with artist and photographer Jarod Lew to create a historical record of the region’s Asian American communities. The current collaboration is a continuation of their Rising Voices Amplify project, which profiled leaders and residents across the state dedicated to organizing and uplifting the voices of Asian American women and communities.
Through imagery, audio stories and videos, the multimedia venture is intentional on documenting Asian American leaders in community and politics throughout Michigan.
Marcia Lee with her family – one of Jarod Lew’s subjects for the Rising Voices Amplify project.
“It’s interesting, here in Michigan. We have a very unique Asian American history and community versus others,” says Jasmine Rivera, digital communications organizer of Rising Voices. “So going to the various organizational leaders who are part of the community centers and who have been involved in activism and uplifting their own communities, that’s something we wanted to amplify and celebrate.”
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