When confronted with an increase in anti-Asian racism fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic, Donna Weng Friedman ’80 decided to change the story. “We set out to change the channel (and single-story narrative) by inviting a number of outstanding classical musicians of Asian descent to share their stories through their words and — of course — their music.”

The result is Heritage and Harmony. This unique virtual concert video series, produced in collaboration with WQXR in New York City, features leading musicians of Asian descent performing contemporary and traditional works by Asian composers in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

In each video, the featured musician introduces the piece they’ve chosen by reflecting on their heritage and their connection to the composer and the music.

Watch the virtual concert here.

Maggie Zhang and Daniel He

Alumni create online directory to support local businesses

Mar 30, 2020 Community

Maggie Zhang ’16 and Daniel He ’16 recognize that small businesses are the heart of our communities — and the most susceptible to the economic effects of the pandemic. To help those businesses survive, they created Local for Later, an online directory to promote local businesses through gift cards. they wrote on their site, which has grown to include 11 U.S. cities.

Each city’s list is made up of businesses submitted by users, and includes restaurants, shops, and activities like theaters and tour companies.

See the lists and add your favorite here.

Messages to #VirtualPrincetonU

Princeton Faculty Members Send Greetings As Classes Go Virtual

Mar 26, 2020 Community , Education

No one has all the answers about what comes next, not even Princeton faculty. But as Princeton shifted to virtual learning during the COVID-19 outbreak, professors from across disciplines sent warm video reassurance that their mission remained the same, and that Princeton is wherever you are.

#TellUsTigers Q&A: Tanesha Brown, nurse manager, University Health Services

#TellUsTigers Q&A: Tanesha Brown, nurse manager, University Health Services

Mar 20, 2020 Community , Health Care

Tanesha Brown, the nurse manager at University Health Services, is a critical member of the University’s coronavirus preparedness team, working with a broad range of departments and colleagues across campus. She reflects on addressing the fear of the unknown, how she practices self-care and the most important things she wants people to know during the coronavirus crisis. Read more …