Episode 82: Kids & Aunties Sew Masks with Kristina Wong

In by Cindy Brandt

Show Description

Masks have become a polarizing political symbol in our society this year. Opinions on them have changed and developed throughout the entirety of COVID-19, but they are still quite divisive. Depending on our backgrounds, experiences, and personal perspectives, we all view this tiny piece of cloth in a different way. That is why I wanted to have a conversation today with my friend and repeat guest, Kristina Wong. 

Kristina is the creator of Radical Cram School, a social justice school on YouTube for girls of color. She is also a performance artist and Muslim-elected representative in Koreatown in LA. When the pandemic first hit in America, she began making masks for the homeless and others who were immunocompromised and had no access to masks. This led to countless requests and the eventual creation of the Facebook group, Auntie Sewing Squad.

In today’s episode, we talk about both of our experiences with masks during COVID-19, as well as what we are doing to help. If you are interested in learning more about what it has been like to be an Asian American during this time, listen in to the amazing insights and stories Kristina shares.

Show Highlights:

  • Our personal experiences with masks and COVID-19 in general.
  • How Kristina got started sewing masks for the less fortunate.
  • An explanation of the term “auntie” in Asian culture.
  • The transformation and current culture of the Auntie Sewing Squad group.
  • How Kristina has valued the women of color in her sewing squad.
  • How I have recruited children to help the vulnerable with my mass sewing camp.
  • How to support the Auntie Sewing Squad.

Links (affiliates included):

Radical Cram School – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aI3voZCASp0

Auntie Sewing Squad – https://www.facebook.com/auntiesewing/

Auntie Sewing Squad Donor Link – https://donorbox.org/auntie-sewing-squad?fbclid=IwAR3rixvhPJiuYrux150Ql2ZWPo_0hHPIxpEr5ay81gO4HU_s00LX9EUsWE4

Seamstresses United Navajo & Hopi Nation Amazon Wish List: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1YPMOKVP3L56J?fbclid=IwAR20RjSKqmIAug3otJoJ-tULKsbF-RSl-7HS096EatiAsH2Qpn5xegHH0HE

SIGN UP TO BE NOTIFIED OF THE NEXT MASK SEWING CAMP – https://mailchi.mp/08c18bd2b620/mask-sewing-camp-with-auntie-sewing-squad

Parenting Forward Conference Sessions – https://www.parentingforwardconference.com/2019-sessions

Join us at the Parenting Forward Patreon Team – https://www.patreon.com/cindywangbrandt

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