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In recent weeks, there have been over 20 attacks on Asian businesses and people, mostly elders, with little to no coverage from the mainstream news outlets. Videos documenting such attacks have been circulating, mostly through individual social media accounts of Asian activists, celebrities, and journalists (thank you Amanda Nguyen, Dion Lim, Dr. Kiona, Daniel Dae Kim, Benny Luo, Lisa Ling, and Daniel Wu for being among the first public figures to use your platform to mobilize others). They show a 91-year-old Chinese man being shoved to the ground in Oakland’s Chinatown on Sunday, January 31st, just two days before an 84-year-old Thai man, Vicha Ratanapakdee, was pushed and killed in San Francisco, and multiple accounts of robberies targeting Asian-owned businesses in Chinatowns. In New York, a 61-year-old Filipino man was slashed across the face from ear to ear on Feb 3rd, and on the same day, a 70-year-old Asian woman was assaulted and robbed in Oakland.
U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) introduced a bill on Tuesday that promotes the teaching and learning of Asian Pacific American history in schools.
The legislation’s announcement fell on the 42nd anniversary of President Jimmy Carter’s enactment of the Asian Pacific American Heritage Week, which President George H. W. Bush later extended to the month-long celebration we know today.
A new study has contradicted claims that Asian American students are harmed if they fail to get into their first-choice college or university.
In 2015 and 2016, the Coalition of Asian American Associations (CAAA) and the Asian American Coalition for Education (AACE), respectively, lodged nearly identical legal complaints with the Department of Justice, arguing that these students suffer from lower academic achievement, reduced co-curricular activities and a lack of self-confidence, among other negative consequences.
A campaign that aims to quash racism against Asian Americans amid the COVID-19 crisis has launched on the internet this week.
Produced by “Master of None” co-creator Alan Yang, “Fight the Virus. Fight the Bias” features Asian Americans from all walks of life, brought together by experiences of discrimination during the pandemic.
A series of surveys revealed that members of the Asian American community are wary of both race relations and the COVID-19 situation in the United States.
What the surveys were about: A coalition of nonprofit organizations looked into viewpoints from different ethnic groups about the current pandemic, systemic racism, as well as the policies pertaining to them.
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Amid the early days of the COVID-19 outbreak, San Francisco entrepreneur, Celine Tien, stepped into a Los Angeles nail salon for her birthday manicure.
After years of hard work and breaking barriers, Asian Americans have become one of the fastest-growing ethnic or racial groups in the U.S. and amassed a spending power surpassing $1 trillion.
Only several years ago, Asian Americans were seen as a “disparate community of immigrants,” but more recently, there has been a rise in the “Asian consciousness.” Rather than being separated by cultural nuances, the Asian American community stands in solidarity, celebrating our differences which have resulted in the formation of a strong cultural identity.
In celebration of the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, a small ice cream shop based in Washington, D.C. is offering five Asian American-inspired flavors for nationwide shipping.
The ice cream flavors include Red Bean Almond Cookie, Roasted Barley Tea, Matcha Green Tea, Thai Iced Tea and Coconut Lychee Lime (vegan).
Asian American leaders and others have joined hands to launch a cross-cultural campaign that aims to unite all Americans in support of marginalized communities most affected during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The All Americans Movement, which launched today, brings together Asian American-led organizations such as Andrew Yang’s Humanity Forward, Asian empowerment collective Gold House and fashion labels 3.1 Phillip Lim, Prabal Gurung, Monse and Li, Inc., among others.
Less than 10 days from its inception, the Stop AAPI Hate initiative has already received over 670 direct reports of discrimination against primarily Asian Americans as of Friday.
The Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON) and Chinese for Affirmative Action, launched a web page where victims of xenophobic and racist attacks can report incidents these incidents on March 19.
Chanting “Asian, not yellow!” dozens of demonstrators stormed the local parental board meeting to demand the removal of a Community Education Council District 22 member in Brooklyn.
Board member Dr. Jackie Cody has sparked outrage among the Asian community for calling Asians “yellow folks” in a group email thread back in September, the New York Post reports.