The Brooklyn Nets Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Night United Game is an annual event that celebrates the many cultures and ethnicities that make up the Asian American community. Through this celebration, the Brooklyn Nets will educate the public of all the achievements made by Asian Americans in every sector and break stereotypes.
NY Masti will perform the national anthem. They are the first South Asian all-female acapella group from NYU.
Bohan Phoenix will perform at halftime. Bohan is a Chinese American hip-hop star based in New York.
Game Ball Delivery
A representative from TAAF, The Asian American Foundation, will participate as the game ball delivery honoree.
AAPI Night Market
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The Brooklyn Nets hosted a Night Market on the place outside of Barclay Center. The Market featured 8 AAPI restaurants from our Supplier Diversity Program and Brooklyn Market.
Celebrating AAPI Pioneers
The Brooklyn Nets will highlight AAPI pioneers and their contributions to society. These pioneers will include:
- Larry Itliong
Larry combined his efforts with the Nation Farm Workers Association to make strides for agricultural workers, regardless of ethnicity.
- Yuri Kochiyama
Influenced by the two years spent in internment camps during WWII, Japanese American Yuri Kochiyama collaborated with Malcolm X in the 60s working for Black civil rights, continuing her work after his death campaigning for reparations pushing Ronald Reagan to sign the Civil Liberties Act into Law.
- Leoh Ming Pei
Pei is among a select few architects whose work has defined city skylines around the world. In 1983, Pei won the Pritzker Prize, which is sometimes referred to as the Nobel Prize of architecture.
- Tammy Duckworth
Tammy is the first Thai American woman elected to U.S. Congress, the first person born in Thailand to be elected to U.S. Congress, the first woman with a disability elected to U.S. Congress, the first female double amputee in the Senate, and the first U.S. senator to give birth while in office.
- Lisa Ling
Lisa is an American journalist, television personality, and author. She is currently the host of This Is Life with Lisa Ling on CNN.
Pregame Networking Mixer
The Brooklyn Nets will host a pregame mixer in the 40/40 club for local AAPI young professionals.
House of Slay x Brooklyn Nets
In truly heroic fashion, the members of the House of Slay take on racism, hatred, bullying, and fear of the “other”. House of Slay is a place for everyone—an inclusive space representing not only the AAPI heritage of its founders but underrepresented voices from all walks of life. House of Slay was founded by prominent AAPI designers: Philip Lim, Prabal Gurung, Laura Kim, Tina Leung, and Ezra William. The Brooklyn Nets will sell limited House of Slay merchandise at the team store in the arena.