September started last week, but at least in New York, it’s only today that it’s starting to feel like autumn. Even without the sudden burst of fall, September would bring two things to New York: Fashion Week and the new school year.
Fashion Week is taking us two steps forward, with a burst of prominent Asian American designers winning awards and recognition. This New York Times article traces a shift from a largely Jewish fashion industry to a largely Asian one, in each case spurred by immigrants who work in fashion “first as laborers, then as factory owners, manufacturers, retailers and, eventually, as designers.”
Meanwhile at school, author Nikki Grimes is feeling a lack of progress, as librarians and teachers tell her, “I love your work! I only wish I had more African American students so that I could use your books.” In Color Me Perplexed, Ms. Grimes explains why this is a fallacy and shares a list of some of the books she would never have read had she been given only books featuring children who share her skin color.
Enjoy your weekend! I hope you’ll get outside and take a nice, long walk… moving forward, of course.