Vietnamese filmmakers create visually stunning short about AAPI hate being as old as American history
Vietnamese filmmakers Sally Tran and Phuong Vo have created a short film about the history of anti-Asian racism and violence in the U.S.
What it’s about: The short film, entitled “Centuries and Still,” unveils the “search for justice [that] goes back to the Gold Rush era fetishization of Asian women, to today’s hate crimes targeting Asian elders.”
Most Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) blame former President Donald Trump for the discrimination the community faces amid the COVID-19 crisis, according to a new poll.
Poll findings: The new poll, conducted by Politico and intelligence firm Morning Consult, found that 71% of AAPI adults blame Trump for the ongoing wave of anti-Asian discrimination against the community. This is the highest percentage of blame directed at an individual, Politico noted.
New data from a recent poll reveals that the majority of older Asian American and Pacific Islander women are suffering from the wave of anti-AAPI hate and racism brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Poll details: The recent poll, conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), asked over 3,500 women about the issues they care most about, as well as what motivated them to vote during the 2020 election.
Asian American and Pacific Islander organizations are urging President Joe Biden to be extra careful to not further aggravate anti-Asian hate as the results of an investigation on COVID-19’s origins near their release.
About the report: The Biden administration launched a 90-day investigation into COVID-19’s origins in May amid the spread of the so-called “the lab leak theory,” which proposes that the pandemic resulted from SARS-CoV-2 escaping from a laboratory in Wuhan, China.
California-based Cathay Bank Foundation is donating $1 million to multiple organizations that promote diversity and fight anti-Asian hate.
Distribution: Five major nonprofits will each receive a grant of $100,000, namely Stop AAPI Hate, the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON), the Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), the Asian American Education Project (AAEdu) and the Asian Americans Advancing Justice–Los Angeles. Ten more organizations will each receive a grant ranging from $15,000 to $50,000, according to a press release.
Fastest growth in the U.S.: According to the new data released Thursday, people identifying as “Asian” and those who ticked boxes as “Asian” along with another race group now account for 7.2 % of the total U.S. population, NBC News reports.
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris met with leaders and representatives from the Asian American (AA), Native Hawaiian (NH) and Pacific Islander (PI) communities on Thursday to discuss the surge in hate incidents.
Follow-up meeting: Biden and Harris convened with the leaders in March, following the Atlanta spa shooting that took the lives of six Asian women and two others, KHON2 reported.
Kaiser Permanente is donating $100,000 each to three Hawaii organizations to support their ongoing work to address hate crimes and related incidents within their communities.
Joint project: The funding is part of the “Stop Anti-Asian Hate and Violence Initiative,” which the health care provider established this month with non-profit Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC) in Washington, D.C., reported the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
California is allocating $156 million to fund victim-centered solutions in combatting violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).
Historic funding: California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the historic Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Equity Budget on Monday as part of the state’s new $100 billion spending bill, NBC reported.
Forbes released their first “50 Over 50” list of women who have made an impact, including AAPI women such as Kamala Harris, Miami Marlins manager Kim Ng and journalist May Lee.
50 Over 50: On July 7, Forbes released the compilation of women who are “proving success has no age limits.”
Asian Americans and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations in Northern California will receive $900,000 in grants from Kaiser Permanente as part of its earlier commitment of $5.4 million to combat racism against AAPI communities.
Fighting hate: Nine nonprofits will receive $100,000 each to stop harmful cultural stereotypes, assist affected individuals, and educate the communities about exercising their rights, among others, according to Patch.
A star-studded special addressing the challenges faced by the AAPI community, featuring celebrities such as Michelle Kwan, Simu Liu, Ross Butler, Auli’i Cravalho and more, premiered on YouTube.
About the special: On Wednesday, “Recipe for Change,” which was produced by Lebron James’ SpringHill Company, appeared on Jubilee’s channel.