Hate crimes against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community have increased exponentially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Yesterday, Stop AAPI Hate released a report that documented 3,795 reports of anti-Asian hate incidents from March 2020 to February 2021, and last night in Atlanta, a shooter took the lives of eight people, most of whom were women of AAPI descent. If you or your organization is looking for actionable ways to support the AAPI community and stand firmly against hate, read on:
Created by the Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council, Chinese for Affirmative Action, and the Asian American Studies Department of San Francisco State University, this center tracks incidents of hate in the U.S. and responds with multilingual resources, technical assistance, community-based safety measures and restorative justice efforts.
A leading source for Asian American and Asian news worldwide, NextShark covers business, culture, entertainment, politics, tech and lifestyle topics. So at a time when rising anti-Asian hate incidents have often gone underreported by the mainstream media, NextShark is a good way to stay informed and educated—and it’s also important to note that they cover positive, uplifting stories about AAPI community and culture as well.
Last summer, our Love Has No Labels campaign worked with producer/director Alan Yang to release “Fight the Virus. Fight the Bias.” The PSA (pictured above) highlights the personal stories and resilience of AAPI individuals who have experienced bias, discrimination, harassment and racism amid the COVID-19 crisis. On the LHNL website, you’ll find additional campaigns and organizations to support.
For our friends and partners in the advertising and marketing industries, the Asian American Advertising Foundation (3AF) is a useful resource for finding relevant experts, research, insights and more. They’ve recently held panels on representation and anti-Asian racism, and they were a valued launch partner on our “Fight the Virus. Fight the Bias” PSA.