May is Asian Pacific American Heritage month. As we celebrate, the AAPI communities are also grappling with unspeakable hate crimes that continue to escalate daily. In NYC alone, AAPI hate crimes are up 45%. 150% across the country.
Our most vulnerable have been subject to brutal attacks that come out of nowhere because of fear, misinformation and racist rhetoric.
IOP’s AAPI staff came together to share personal experiences, fears and concerns as they navigate their daily lives. They also discussed what IOP can do to support the AAPI communities. The group have decided IOP will donate to Asian Americans Advancing Justice advancingjustice-aajc.org who work every day to protect democracy through advocacy and litigation and to equip Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to take action across the country to Stop AAPI Hate and hate for all of our collective communities.
They also collaborated on a few resources to share:
Tracks and responds to incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning, and child bullying against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.gofundme.com/c/act/stop-aapi-hate
Fundraisers helping those affected by violence against the AAPI community.
Watch the PBS series Asian Americans
Read From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement by Paula Yoo
Read Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong
Part memoir and part cultural criticism. Using history to expose fresh truths about racialized consciousness in America. Soon to be a tv series by A24 Productions.
Read American Born Chinese by cartoonist, Gene Luen Yang
A graphic novel that features three main storylines that coverge. The stories feature many Chinese stereotypes and insults prevalent in America throughout the twentieth century.
Amanda Nguyen @amandangocnguyen
Civil rights activist
Ai-Jen Poo @aijenp
Asian Boss Girl @asianbossgirl
ABG, a podcast for the modern day Asian American woman
A-Major Media @amajormedia
A film and television production company that champions Asian American stories
A full service representation firm amplifying diverse voices and storytellers
Next Shark @nextshark
The leading source for Asian and Asian American news