CAA’s 53rd Celebration of Justice is right around the corner. On Thursday, June 23, we hope you will join us for our virtual program, which can be streamed live from the comfort of your home. 

In addition to our slate of honorees, we are proud to announce our host and emcee, Michelle MiJung Kim. Michelle is the Co-Founder and CEO Of Awaken, and the award-winning author of The Wake Up: Closing the Gap Between Good Intentions and Real Change

As our host and emcee, Michelle will help us lead what we hope will be a fun and inspiring program, which includes live performances from the following artists: 

Rachel Lastimosa is a second-generation Ilokano American and interdisciplinary artist whose creative pursuits rest at the intersection of art, culture, and wellness. She is founder of the wellness practice Acts of Self Preservation (AGASAN), which uses movement, sound, and visual arts to promote collective healing. You can learn more about her at 

Genny Lim is a writer, performer, and SFJAZZ Poet Laureate Emeritus. Her play Paper Angels was the first Asian American play aired on PBS’s American Playhouse — and has been performed all around the world. Genny has published five poetry collections including Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island, which won the 1980 American Book Award. You can learn more about her at

Aileen Cassinetto is an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow and the author of three chapbooks and two poetry collections. Born and raised in the Philippines, Aileen Cassinetto the first Asian American to be appointed Poet Laureate of San Mateo County. In 2021, she received Special Congressional Recognition for her writing and service. You can learn more about her at

Marisa Lin is a first-generation Chinese American who started writing poetry during her senior year at Stanford University. A recent alumna of workshops like the Community of Writers and VONA, Marisa has been published in Clerestory, Ekstasis, and Poetry South. You can learn more about her @marisawrites

Eva Chen is the award-winning poet behind the literary magazine Footprints on Jupiter. A gold medalist at the 2020 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and the youngest poet to be inducted into the San Mateo Women’s Hall of Fame, Eva has been featured in Blue Marble, Elan, and The Offing, as well as KALW public radio. You can learn more about her at

We hope to see you online on Thursday, June 23 for the Celebration of Justice. There is still time to donate and register for the virtual program. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact Shelly at