Xu Lin

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Xu Lin is a a community organizer with the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation.

"The Guardians"

City Paper October 21, 2010 Big Vision Award "The Guardians" : AAU with SASA! — with Joan May T. Cordova, Judy At Aau, Nancy Dung Nguyen, Wei Chen, Ellen Somekawa, Helen Gym, Alison Sprague and Xu Lin

Campaign for Nonviolent Schools

Erika Almirón Niz March 10, 2011:


On March 30th the Campaign for Nonviolent Schools is sponsoring a mobilization to say "Fund our schools, not our prisons." We're meeting at 4pm at 13th and Filbert, and then... we march! — with Sonia M. Rosen, Ria Love, Caitlin Corbin, Joe Hill, Shanee Garner Nelson, Bunmi Samuel, Daniel Santiago, Natalie Almiron, SuperiorJolie Jay, Lanae Tamara Scott, Miguel Esteban Andrade, Kissy Kis, Norm Scott, Sharnell Barnett, Mariah Marie, Ito Almiron, Nancy Dung Nguyen, Fred Yuc, Leticia Al, Xu Lin, Kenya Mallory, Anna Marie Guyton, Ron Blount, Bonnee Breese Bentum, Jordan Harris, Tiffany Bacon, Derrick Taylor, Victor Saez, Jomyra Crespo, Jamira Burley, Minh Nguyen-Rivera, Donnell Regusters, Lacoya Fielder-Johnson, Keith Lomax, Ellen Somekawa, Norman Wallace, Sarah Morris, Julia Patton, Derrick Perry, Sr. and Joe Hanzsum.

2011 board

Asian Americans United June 11, 2011:

Welcome to AAU's Board!


Ally Vuong, Maxine Chang, Mia-Lia Kiernan, Judy At Aau, Helen Gym, Alice Vuong, Xu Lin, Masaru Edmund Nakawatase, Maxine Chang, Joan May T. Cordova, Betty Lui and Ellen Somekawa.

Corbett protest

Asian Americans United May 12, 2012:


On Tuesday May 15th, Governor Corbett is coming to Prince Theater in Philadelphia to address the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. During his time as Governor, Corbett has made massive cuts to education, medical assistance, and social services while he is spending $685 million on new prison construction. His recent budget alone proposes $264 million in cuts to higher education, $319 millio... See More — with Lai Har Cheung, Xu Lin, Alice Vuong, Judy At Aau, Paul Socolar, Masaru Edmund Nakawatase, Erika Almiron Niz, Mica Root, Wei Chen, Nancy Dung Nguyen, Desi Burnette, Maxine Chang, Helen Gym, Betty Lui, Erika Funk, Ellen Somekawa, Joan May T. Cordova and Alix Mariko Webb.

AAU Summer Program 2012

Asian Americans United May 31, 2013:


AAU Summer Program 2013 Bubble Tea Happy Hour on Tuesday, June 4 (5-7pm at Tea Talk)!! Come join us to support our amazing summer program and meet this year's crew of teachers!! Consider making a donation to support our youth leaders even if you can't make it!! More details/ticket info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/456167604476525/ — with Ruben An, Yvonne Zhang, Cy Alex Chen, Yuxiao Chen, Zixin Lin, Edward Deng, Allen Cao, Chris Wong, Brandon Tran, Tien Nguyen, Antonio Nanthavongsa, Wei Chen, Xu Lin, Judy At Aau and Ellen Somekawa.

Asian Americans United This is a pic of last year's amazing group of teachers!!

Defending Asian students

Asian Americans United December 2, 2013:


On December 3rd, 2009, 26 Asian immigrant students were attacked both inside and directly outside of South Philadelphia High School. The students boycotted school for eight days, demanding accountability from school leadership. AAU worked with a strong and passionate team of allies to support the students. Most importantly, the students were unified, they stood strong and they didn’t back down…and... See More — with Alison Sprague, Duong Nghe Ly, Nancy Dung Nguyen, Wei Chen, Cecilia Chen, Neeta Patel, Xu Lin, Betty Lui, Masaru Edmund Nakawatase, Judy At Aau, Joan May T. Cordova, Ellen Somekawa, Helen Gym, Alice Vuong and Maxine J. Chang.

AAU Summer Program staff

Asian Americans United June 27, 2013:


Introducing the 2013 AAU Summer Program staff! Go AAU go!!! — with Jiahong Zhang, Xu Lin, Wei Chen, Chris Wong, Huidan Mei, Erina Zheng, Brandon Tran, Jieying Chen, Adriene Khon and Yingci Chen.

AAU Summer Program

Asian Americans United June 11, 2013:


Thanks to those who came/supported the AAU Summer Program Bubble Tea Happy Hour! If you would still like to make a contribution to our summer program, please donate through our website at www.aaaunited.org. — with Chris Wong, Wei Chen, Brandon Tran, Hee Young Yim, Alix Mariko Webb, Trang Dang, Edward Deng, Doua Xiong, Tai Joselyn, Lai Har Cheung, Srey Boss, Lizzy Lee, Dawn Werme Pratson, Eric Joselyn, Maxine Chang, Kotaro Fujita, Yingci Chen, Mary Yee, Kay Yoon, Claire Yoo, Matt Tae, Xu Lin and Erina Zheng.


Asian Americans United November 3, 2014:

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Asian Americans United's youth group, the Chinese Youth Organizing Project (CYOP), during their training and preparation before their door knocking campaign in Chinatown Philadelphia and South Philadelphia.

With walkie talkies in hand, turf-divided maps, scripts, clipboards, voter information materials in English & Chinese, & courageous hearts, 2 dozen youth worked to empower Asia... See More — with Wei Chen, Stephanie Frank Singer, Duong Thang Ly, Stephen Magnotti, Duong Nghe Ly, Taylor Burckhalter, Lan Nguyen, Viet Luu, Linh Pham, Nancy Dung Nguyen, Miguel Rivera, Sarun Chan, Ellen Somekawa, Helen Gym, Minh Nguyen-Rivera, Annie Seng, Xue Yan Zhang, Xu Lin, Brandon Huynh and Miguel Esteban Andrade at Asian Americans United.

Asian Americans United - 28th Anniversary

Asian Americans United November 19, 2013:

Cheers and thanks to all who volunteered (Go AAU, go!), sponsored, hosted, donated, presented, emceed, deejayed, cooked, mixed sangria, performed and celebrated at AAU's memorable 28th anniversary benefit concert/dance featuring Nobuko Miyamoto with Theo Gonzalves! Intergenerational groups presented AAU's Standing Up for Justice Awards to Grayce Uyehara, John Elliott Churchville, and 1Love Movement. Emcee Kao Khue wove the program together like poetry.

Nobuko wrote and sang a new song for the first time: ”You are the ones we've been waiting for...” And all joined in singing: ”We are the ones we've been waiting for.”

...with so much gratitude for all who build communities and work for justice.


<3 — with Eric Joselyn, Duong Nghe Ly, Matt Tae, Regina Liu Kerr, Lai Har Cheung, Srey Boss, Chi-Ser Tran, Grace Rustia, Emily P. Lawsin, Scott Kurashige, Mary Yee, Laurent Widjaya, Paul Uyehara, Alix Mariko Webb, Rorng Sorn, Senn Font, Linh Nguyen, Bryan Mercer, K. Naroen Chhin, Masaru Edmund Nakawatase, Neeta Patel, Tai Joselyn, Doua Xiong, Renyu Wu, John Elliott Churchville, Kavita Levy, Judy At Aau, Theo Gonzalves, Ana Cruz, Janeya Hisle, Ellen Somekawa, Wei Chen, Helen Gym, Sookyung Oh, Dawn Werme Pratson, Xu Lin, Betty Lui, Peter Van Do, Nobuko Miyamoto, Kao Nhia Kue, Jean Hunt, Teresa Engst, Alice Vuong and Maxine Chang.

Asian Americans United - 30th Anniversary

Helen Gym December 15, 2015.


30th anniversary of Asian Americans United - what a crew! — with Linda Deafenbaugh, Chi Joselyn, Betty Lui, Jay Zou, Masaru Edmund Nakawatase, Eric Joselyn, Maxine J. Chang, Teresa Engst, Wei Chen, Lai Har Cheung, Alix Webb, Sachie Hopkins Hayakawa, Judy At Aau, Mary Yee, Xu Lin, Neeta Patel, Kay Yoon, Paul Uyehara, Ken Hung, Debora Kodish and Alice Vuong.

"Challenging Anti-Asian Harassment"

"We Have the Power to Make Change: The Role of Community Lawyering in Challenging Anti-Asian Harassment at South Philadelphia High School" by Cecilia Chen and Andrew Leong. The authors thankedd Ellen Somekawa, Helen Gym, and Xu Lin from Asian Americans United; Nancy Nguyen and Michelle Nguyen from Boat People SOS; Tram Nguyen and Alison Sprague from Victim/Witness Services of South Philadelphia; Mia-Lia Kiernan, Debbie Wei and the Asian Student Association of Philadelphia for their courageous efforts to address bias-based harassment at SPHS. [1]

Wei Chen, Bach Tong, Duong Nghe Le & Xu Lin: Philadelphia, PA, were Asian immigrant high school students who led an eight-day boycott to stop school violence. Rep. Donna Edwards presented Wei Chen, Bach Tong, with the Freedom from Fear Award, at Netroots Nation 2011.[2]


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