To my Asian and Asian-American siblings: I see you. My heart goes out to each and every one of you. We matter, and we deserve better.
To my non-Asian friends: Thank you to those who have reached out and expressed support. Thank you to those who have been allies even before now, and to those who are confronting misbeliefs and bigotry. There’s still a lot of work to do.
Growing up East Asian-American in the SF Bay Area/Silicon Valley, I have always had a complicated relationship with race, activism and advocacy. The model minority
bullshit myth and prejudices between PoC communities distract from the deeply rooted inequities of a fundamentally racist system, propagated by certain public figures. But ours is a generation that is speaking out — that is calling on our society to finally hear and amplify our voices. #StopAsianHate #StopAAPIHate
Here are a few of the resources I’ve seen floating around, not meant as a definitive list but just a place to get started. As I’m sure you know, social media activism alone is not a substitute for doing the work to educate yourself and support the Asian/AAPI individuals and organizations in your community.
Information & Donation
- We Need To Talk About Anti-Asian Hate [documentary]
- 6 Asian Women Have Been Murdered.
- Stop AAPI Hate
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice
- Red Canary Song
- NY Mag: 61 Ways to Donate in Support of Asian Communities
- centralized GoFundMe page
Mental Health Resources for AAPI
Some (of my Favorite) Books by Asian Authors
- [my 2020 Year of the Asian reading list]
- [my 2019 Year of the Asian reading list]
- Know My Name by Chanel Miller
- Descendant of the Crane by Joan He
- The Green Bone Saga by Fonda Lee
- The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf
- Fake It Till You Break It by Jenn P. Nguyen
- Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale
- The Epic Crush of Genie Lo (duology) by F.C. Yee
- Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
- The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing by Mira Jacob
- Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco