Resources for Breaking the Cycle of Asian Hate
At the end of April, VPM hosted "Breaking the Cycle of Asian Hate," an online conversation with local Asian-Pacific Islander (API) leaders about the historic nature of anti-API racism and what actions our community can take to #StopAsianHate.
Laura Pho, community activist and API advocate, led a broad discussion with panelists May Nivar, Chair of the Asian & Latino Solidarity Alliance and the Virginia Asian Advisory Board; Ting-Yi Oei, Director of the Asian American Education Project for Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC; Natalie Nguyen Woodruff, Vice-President of the Service Employees International Union - Fairfax Chapter; and Farah Chowdhury, Epidemiologist and Regulatory Consultant at a multi-national scientific consulting firm.
More than 160 community members from Virginia and beyond signed up to be a part of the panel’s conversation, which focused heavily on the need for Virginia K-12 curriculum to include API history and culture, resources to report anti-API racism, and ways the community can become civically involved in changing the system.
A list of educational resources and links for further action is available at the end of this article.
In celebration of Asian-Pacific Islander month, VPM is rebroadcasting the five-part docuseries, Asian Americans, Sundays at 4 p.m. during May. Go to the VPM television schedule for additional air times.
- The Fortunes, Peter Ho Davies
- Driven Out: The Forgotten War against Chinese Americans, Jean Pfaelzer
- The Making of Asian America: A History, Erika Lee
- America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States, Erika Lee
- The Chinese and the Iron Road: Building the Transcontinental Railroad, Gordon H. Chang
- A Nation of Nations: A Story of America after the 1965 Immigration Law, Tom Gjelton
- Water Tossing Boulders: How a Family of Chinese Immigrants Led the First Fight to Desegregate Schools in the Jim Crow South, Adrienne Berard
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- The 1882 Foundation has an abundance of resources including more books and links to key organizations. It also has a list of collaborating institutions from the Smithsonian to libraries, and museums around the country. For teachers there is an education link that includes several lesson plans.
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice Center - AAJC: Asian American Pacific Islander COVID19 resources.
- The Asian American Education Project, offering online lesson plans featuring a tailored K–12 curriculum for educators to teach the rich history of Asian-Pacific Islanders in our country to students.
- I Holla Back: Bystander intervention training.
- Stand Against Hatred: Report a hate incident - available in English, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean.
- Count Us in 2020: Census resources for the Asian American Pacific Islander community - including fact sheets in 23 Asian Pacific Islander languages.
- Iolani Palace: A Hawaiian Place of History, Power, and Prestige - Lesson plan on Hawaiian culture and history.
- Telling All Americans’ Stories: Introduction to Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage
- The Commonwealth of Virginia’s Board and Commissions website offers instructions on how to apply for gubernatorial appointments and become civically involved at the state level.
- My Chesterfield Academy: a free program that empowers Chesterfield residents, particularly those from multicultural communities, to understand and navigate Chesterfield County’s government, as well as connect to other community resources.
- My Henrico Academy: Similar to My Chesterfield Academy, this free, interactive, once a month program gives participants a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the many ways Henrico’s local government functions.
- Statistics from the Pew Research Center about the recent rise in Asian-American violence.
- Election information hotline: 888-API-VOTE (888-274-8683) - available in English and eight Asian languages.