Howard in the Media

Meet Howard Leu, photographer and designer in Milwaukee making a difference

TMJ4 Milwaukee

"The protector, the embodiment of the grace of immigrants," said Leu.And the crowd, rays of light and the stars and stripes Leu says are all part of a message of belonging. Then there are the dumplings."It's one of those foods that transcend cultures, that transcend history. Almost every culture has its own dumpling and I love eating all of them," Leu smiled.All of the proceeds from the t-shirt sales go to the AAPI Coalition of Wisconsin -- a group created one year ago with a mission to stop racism and hate against Asian Americans. Read more:

Milwaukee’s Asian American Artist Launches Dumplings for America Campaign!

Ink to the People blog

“We just have to work harder, wear Red, White and Blue. Wear America with Pride. How can I walk out on the street and prove I am American? I am not going to just walk around with my USA passport.”

When Howard was 13, he lived in Taiwan with his family. His uncle had run a dumpling restaurant. Food was the highlight! Even though it was a place meant to serve customers, it became a place that also served to share the culture. The restaurant brought Howard’s family together; his aunt, uncles, and cousins all worked together. Read more:

Dumplings for America! campaign

Ink for the People

I designed this t-shirt and started a fundraising campaign on Ink to the People, where all the proceeds went to the Asian American Pacific Islander Coalition of Wisconsin. I was able to sell 117 shirts and hoodies, and raise over $1300 for the organization. Throughout the process I received a lot of encouragement and positive press for the campaign. It's been especially gratifying to see so many friends and family wearing this design that means a lot to me. I truly believe that dumplings are universal and crosses cultures. Food unites us. Dumplings for America!!!