Mural Showcases Asian Excellence for AAPI Month


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  • The AAPI month mural depicts five important Asian figures across five regions of Asia.

  • Patsy Mink is the first woman of color to serve in Congress, as a Japanese-American representing Hawaii. Mink first won her seat in 1964, going on to serve for 24 years.

  • Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist for female education represents South Asia. She is also the youngest Nobel Prize laureate.

  • Chinese-Malaysian film star Michelle Yeoh represents Southeast Asia. Yeoh is the first Asian-identifying recipient of an Academy Award for “Best Actress,” which she won for ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once.’

  • Against a blue background is Zaha Hadid, a world-renowned architect from Iraq. She is the first female Pritzker Architecture Prize winner.

  • The fifth portrait is Lili’uokalani of Hawaii, the last monarch of the territory before US annexation. She represents the Pacific Island region of Asia.

  • (Right to left) YAAPIC members juniors Anna Zheng, Helen Hou, Sophia Sun, Olivia Kim, Lizzie Frysinger and Sajad Alsafee (junior Bowen Dong and sophomore Isabelle Wang not pictured) smile in front of the finished mural. The team spent 22 hours planning, sketching and painting.

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To celebrate AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) Month, members of YAAPIC (Young Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders of Charlottesville) and NAHS (National Art Honor Society) collaborated to create a mural featuring five notable AAPI figures from five regions of Asia.

See the portraits and details about each person above.