LEE staff are disturbed and alarmed by the rising violence and discrimination against Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) communities. Beyond the recent attacks, the APIA community has experienced an increase in anti-Asian hate crimes since the start of the pandemic. We stand in solidarity with the advocates, leaders, and communities advancing equity for all.
LEE’s APIA Resource Group has compiled the following resources to navigate this terrible injustice. Please take a moment to look through these resources to educate yourselves, support, and take action.
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- A wave of violent attacks renews focus on anti-Asian racism [Vox]
- A Tense Lunar New Year for the Bay Area After Attacks on Asian-Americans [NY Times]
- Anti-Asian Violence Resources [Carrd.co]
While we can’t adequately capture the diversity of APIA experiences, the following quote from Korean-American actor Steven Yeun resonates with many in the APIA community:
“Sometimes I wonder if the Asian-American experience is what it’s like when you’re thinking about everyone else, but nobody else is thinking about you.”
Please browse through the following resources and think pieces to learn more about the APIA experience to better empathize with and support our APIA members who may feel invisible, lost, or ignored.
- End Violence Against Asians & Asian Elders [AAPI Women Lead]
- The Many Lives of Steven Yeun [NY Times]
- Stories of Anti-Asian Motivated Incidents [Stand Against Hatred]
As LEE member & former LEE staff Richard Leong states in his op-ed piece: “Systems of inequity and oppression exist at all times, and the institutionalization of white supremacy is deeply harmful to all people of color.”
Read and share the following self-care resources specifically for APIA communities:
- Coping with Race-Related Stress [Counseling Center, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign]
- Surviving Racism Amidst Covid-19 [Medium]
- Self-Care Tips For Asian Americans Dealing With Racism Amid Coronavirus [HuffPost]
- Digital Harassment Safety Guide [HeartMob]
Chicago LEE member Catherine Shieh is the anti-hate coordinator at Asian Americans Advancing Justice — Chicago. To combat the increase in anti-Asian hate across the country, she has been leading a series of bystander intervention trainings to enable participants to take action and stay safe if they encounter a hate incident, and help stem the rise in anti-Asian attacks throughout the country.
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