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How To Stand Up For The Asian American Community

Over the past year, we’ve been deeply saddened to see an uptick in violence towards Asian Americans. These senseless acts have occurred across the country, showing that xenophobic views and hurtful words can lead to real consequences. We strongly believe racism towards one of us is racism towards all of us, and discrimination and hatred have no place in our country or our world. We stand in solidarity with the Asian American community and want to use this platform to spread the word, show support and #Stop Asian Hate. 

No matter who you are or where you live, there are ways you can stand with the AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) community. And it can start with something as simple as an act of kindness, educating yourself, or supporting an organization that’s fighting to make a difference. Keep scrolling to see all our suggestions and see how you can do your part.

 

 

How To Educate Yourself

The first step to understanding starts with educating yourself. So consider these resources for learning about the history of Asian American discrimination in the U.S., how racist depictions of Asians have informed our thinking, and how we can confront hateful words or actions.

 

THE LONG HISTORY OF RACISM AGAINST ASIAN AMERICANS
A detailed look at the history and treatment of Asian Americans in the U.S., starting with the Chinese Exclusion Act.

 

ASIAN AMERICAN SCAPEGOATING
How the Coronavirus pandemic has lead to a rise in Anti-Asian sentiment, and its link to the past.

 

HOW TO ADDRESS ANTI-ASIAN HATE CRIMES
A Conversation with activists on how Asian communities have been affected and what can be done to make a change.

 

 

What Hollywood movies do to perpetuate racial stereotypes
Breaking down how Asian Americans (and other minorities) are depicted on film and how it has informed stereotypes.

 

THE MODEL MINORITY MYTH
How the idea of Asian-Americans as the “Model minority” came to be, and why it has created inequality for all.

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Ways To Show Your Support

If you’re ready to take a stand, consider donating your time or money to one of these worthy organizations that are supporting the AAPI community across the country.

 

COMPASSION IN OAKLAND
In the wake of attacks on the elderly in Oakland’s Chinatown, this group was started to provide chaperones to anyone who may feel unsafe in their own community. If you’re in the Bay Area, you can volunteer HERE.

 

AAPI Community FunD
A fundraiser to support organizations that empower and advance the AAPI community, increase community safety and support those affected by violence.

 

ASIAN AMERICAN RESOURCE CENTER
A non-profit supporting the Asian American communities of Atlanta.

 

 

STOP AAPI HATE
An organization for reporting incidents against the AAPI community and offering safety tips and support for victims.

 

ASIAN PACIFIC FUND
A community foundation based in San Francisco to empower the AAPI community. Donations to the Covid-19 Recovery Fund will go towards efforts to combat Anti-Asian racism, bullying and support those impacted by the virus.

 

ASIAN AMERICANS ADVANCING JUSTICE- ATLANTA

This legal advocacy organization is dedicated to protecting the civil rights of Asian Americans in Georgia and throughout the Southeastern U.S.