Posts Tagged ‘Bystander Intervention Training’




Wake-Up America! Part I

June 15, 2020

by Kim McMillon Ph.D.

Kim McMillon, Ph.D.

Thank you, Kim McMillon, Ph.D., for sharing your spotlight with us in your guest column “Wake-Up America!” Part 1 where we answered 6 of your 11 questions. Thank you for letting me (Teresa Jade LeYung) speak out through your Question #3.

1.  Why do you believe the issue of racism is important?

2. Do you believe the individual can make a difference in a racist society?

3.  Have you ever been confronted with racism and how did you handle it?

4.  What do you tell your children about racism in the United States today?

5.  Do you believe it is possible to understand racial oppression if you are not a person of color?

6.  The title of the Poetathon is “Wake-Up America.”  What do you see America needing to Wake-Up from?


Have you ever been confronted with racism and how did you handle it?

Author Teresa Jade LeYung says:

“I am a sixty-something-year-old female American naturalized citizen, of Chinese ancestry, who has been sleeping a lot since March 16, 2020 (hours before our county was to adhere to COVID-19 ‘Shelter-In-Place’ order) when I experienced racial harassment at the local supermarket.  What happened? A fifty-something-year-old Caucasian man pushed his shopping cart into the right side of my body, and then walked away with his head held high.  When I told friends, they gave support through resources… including  to report the incident, and,  to sign-up for Bystander Intervention Training to STOP anti-Asian/American and Xenophobic Harassment.  I kept sleeping. Until I followed through with both resources. Gaining knowledge and skills woke up my brain.

“I didn’t know that I had to stay awake. While heroes from all walks of life were helping communities cope with daily needs during this pandemic, others continued to commit racial injustices. Details of the murders of three Americans – Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd – woke up people from all parts of the world.


 ”Wake-Up America!” Part 1, by Kim McMillon, Ph.D.,

Guest Columnist for NARRATIVE PATHS JOURNAL GROUP( “NPJ”) – international literary journal

In Part II  of Guest Column: Wake-Up America!  by Kim McMillon,  we shall answer:

7.       How do you become an ally to those experiencing racial oppression?

8.       The public has not protested the atrocities that have been taking place in our country, but yet during a pandemic, people are taking to the streets to protest the death of George Floyd, why?

9.       How do you believe we can change the world for the better?

10.   As a poet, how would you like to be remembered?

11.   What line or stanza of poetry best describes you?



“Thank you, Dr. Kim McMillon, for giving us this forum to wake up in unity.”

author Teresa Jade LeYung, mask by Emily O., June 2020 COVID-19 pandemic

Bio:  Teresa Jade LeYung, American naturalized citizen of Chinese ancestry, is a manuscript-theme consultant, author of Love Made Of Heart (archived at the San Francisco History Center), Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days, and Talking To My Dead Mom monologues, and, an advocate for public libraries and public schools.

Teresa Jade LeYung

Love Made Of Heart ®






Bystander Intervention Training to STOP anti-Asian/American and Xenophobic Harassment

May dates completed;

June 3, 10, 18, 25, 2020

Online Training is open to the public.

Sign up at: 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting
You don’t need a webcam. Just download ZOOM when you receive confirmation (before training time).

The HollaBack! guide:
The one-hour, interactive training will teach you Hollaback!’s 5D’s of bystander intervention methodology. We’ll start by talking about the types of disrespect that Asian and Asian American folks are facing right now — from microaggressions to violence — using a tool we call the “spectrum of disrespect.” You’ll learn what to look for and the positive impact that bystander intervention has on individuals and communities. We’ll talk through five strategies for intervention: distract, delegate, document, delay, and direct; and how to prioritize your own safety while intervening. We’ll have time at the end for practice, and you’ll leave feeling more confident intervening the next time you see Anti-Asian/American harassment online or in person.

“This training gave me new tools to support someone experiencing discrimination. I had always thought my only option was to directly engage with the aggressor, which was terrifying to me. To know I have a lot of other tools I can use will be very helpful.” EM, Oregon State University


“I appreciate having clear and effective strategies that can be utilized immediately.” HNN, Bates Center for Purposeful Work

“Before this training, I doubt I would’ve intervened for fear of making things worse, but now I’m confident that I’m equipped with the skills necessary to diffuse any situation I may encounter.” BBB

Please note you must register in advance for all trainings. They will be capped at 1,000 people per session.


  • Wednesday, June 3rd at  2:00pm ET / 1:00pm CT / 12:00pm MT / 11:00am PT / 8:00am HST. 
  • Wednesday, June 10th at  4:00pm ET / 3:00pm CT / 2:00pm MT / 1:00pm PT / 10:00am HST.
  • Thursday, June 18th at  7:00pm ET / 6:00pm CT / 5:00pm MT / 4:00pm PT / 1:00pm HST. 
  • Thursday, June 25th at  4:00pm ET / 3:00pm CT / 2:00pm MT / 1:00pm PT / 10:00am HST. 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
The training is currently only offered in English but we are seeking funding to expand it into other languages.

Report a Hate Crime at:

Communities Against Hate   
Asian Americans Advancing Justice: Website - 
Hollaback!: Website

I wish you and everyone around you safety, kindness, excellent health, clear water, blue sky, delicious eats, and sweet laughter! Bonne journée!

author Teresa Jade LeYung, Paris 2019, photo by author Mary E. Knippel

As a story theme consultant, award-winning writer, and platform-building coach for pre-published and published authors, Teresa Jade LeYung helps her clients identify their core themes and transform their manuscripts into novels, biographies and memoirs.

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