How You Can Support Asian American Communities

Updated: Jul 7

Within the last year, violence and harassment against Asian Americans has increased at an alarming rate across the U.S., with NYPD data showing a 1,900% increase.

Due to misinformed and hateful rhetoric around COVID-19 and its origins, Asian American communities around the country and the world have had to deal with harassment ranging from micro-aggressions to outright violence.

How can we all support our Asian American friends, neighbors, and the larger community during this time? Here are some resources to get started.

Raise awareness about what’s happening.

Whether through social media or in conversation with your family and friends, let your community know about the issue and spread the word about ways to help.

Give monetary support.

From Stop AAPI Hate and the Asian Pacific Fund to Asian Americans Advancing Justice and the Asian Mental Health Collective, there are many worthwhile organizations you can support to stand in solidarity with Asian Americans.

Support Asian American-owned businesses.

While nearly all small businesses have suffered during the pandemic, Asian American-owned businesses, especially restaurants, have been among the most affected. Find out which of your local businesses are Asian American-owned and purchase their goods and services. If you’re ordering from a restaurant, try to order directly through the establishment instead of third-party pick-up/delivery services so that all of your money goes to the restaurant.

You can also donate to organizations like Welcome to Chinatown, which gives support to local businesses.

Read, watch, listen, and learn.

We all progress by learning about each other’s experiences and histories. Educate yourself by listening to podcasts like “Asian America: the Ken Fong Podcast” and “Asian Enough” by the LA Times, or watching documentaries like “Asian Americans.”

Read historian Erika Lee’s The Making of Asian America: A History, or novels like American Born Chinese, Mambo in Chinatown, The Sympathizer, or The Leavers.

The more we know about each other, the more we can recognize our similarities and celebrate our differences. Let's look out for each other and stand up against racism together.

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