Resources & Ways to Support Asian-American and Pacific Islander Communities
As much as Creative Capital believes in the power of art to create a better, more inclusive world, we recognize that no art project can do enough when it comes to making everyone safe against racist violence. Violence against Asian communities isn’t a new phenomenon in the US, but we feel our society hasn’t paid enough attention to hatred directed towards Asian-Americans. No one deserves to live in fear, and no one should be targeted because they were born with a certain appearance. We recognize the need to discuss recent and historical events in order to break the cycle that normalizes hostile behavior towards an often overlooked and under-supported minority.
Creative Capital stands with Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities, and the artists, staff members, and colleagues we rely on who are a part of these communities. We are standing in solidarity with those suffering and grieving as a result of the surge of harassment and violence in the past year.
We have compiled a short list of some of the organizations and efforts that are leading the charge to raise awareness and support others. If there are any you would like us to uplift, please use this form to share them with us.
This guide created by The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) and Hollaback! illustrates what harassment looks like and how to intervene as a bystander.
Hollaback! and Asian Americans Advancing Justice are partnering to offer virtual workshops on bystander intervention on select dates.
This site provides various resources to educate about anti-asian racism, as well as tools for members and allies of the AAPI community to report incidents, get mental health support, and take action.
The AAPI COVID-19 Project is a collective research project examining the ongoing COVID-19 crisis as it shapes the lives of Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders in the United States.
A toolkit created by the NYC Commission on Human Rights, the Mayor’s Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes, the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit, and the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs to educate the public about their rights and protections in light of COVID-19-related stigma and hate crimes.
This Instagram account is a community of mobilizers and amplifiers dedicated to dismantling racism and other forms of hate.
The “model minority” stereotype that is often applied to Asian-Americans can be dangerous when it comes to white supremacist violence against these communities. In this article in The Atlantic, Arun Venugopal writes about his experience as an Indian-American coming to the US at a young age, and how the “model minority” stereotype wasn’t always the case.
The editors at College Consensus have put together this guide to resources for AAPI college students, which includes statics and facts, mental health resources, and links to scholarships for Asian American college students.
Launched by the Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council, the Chinese for Affirmative Action, and the Asian American Studies Department of San Francisco State University in 2020 to combat xenophobia resulting from COVID-19, this site tracks and responds to incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning, and child bullying against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.
This site, created by Asian Americans Advancing Justice, tracks and publishes stories of racial incidents in Chinese, English, Korean, and Vietnamese.
This map crowdsources information on the frequency and severity of racially charged aggression against Asians and Asian Americans in the U.S. during the COVID-19 crisis.
Stop AAPI Hate tracks and responds to the surge in racism and xenophobia.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice’s mission is to advance civil and human rights for Asian Americans and to build and promote a fair and equitable society for all.
#HateIsAVirus is raising $1 million to give back to local and national community organizations that are providing pivotal services and programs for our community. This includes programs related to mental health, better protections for our elderly, AAPI representation, solidarity-building and more.
The AAPI Civic Engagement Fund is a national non-partisan initiative responding to a longstanding need to increase the participation and influence of AAPIs in all facets of American civic life.
In response to the massacre in Georgia, Lit Hub has compiled a list of organizations working to support and uplift Asian communities that could use your donations, including those specific to Georgia, advocacy organizations, and more.
Led by Asian American women, Asian Women Giving Circle (AWGC) raises funds to support Asian American women-led arts and culture projects in NYC.
The Asian American Writers’ Workshop aims to empower and amplify marginalized voices through creating, publishing, developing and disseminating creative writing by Asian Americans.
The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum’s mission is to build collective power with AAPI women and girls to gain full agency over our lives, our families, and our communities.
The mission of the Asian Prisoner Support Committee (APSC) is to provide direct support to Asian and Pacific Islander (API) prisoners and to raise awareness about the growing number of APIs being imprisoned, detained, and deported.
Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) is an environmental justice organization with deep roots in California’s Asian immigrant and refugee communities in Oakland.
The Chinese Progressive Association is a grassroots community organization working for full equality and empowerment of the Chinese community in the Greater Boston area and beyond.
Central California Pacific Women prepares and empowers Asian and Pacific Island women
from the Central Valley to advocate for gender and social justice by supporting and providing leadership and mentoring opportunities in the Central Valley and beyond.
HIP is a grassroots organization whose mission is to strengthen the political power of Hmong and disenfranchised communities through innovative civic engagement and strategic grassroots mobilization.
The Filipino Community Center in San Francisco is dedicated to providing a safe space where Filipino families can access services, receive support, and build community.
Welcome to Chinatown is a grassroots initiative supporting Manhattan’s Chinatown businesses. They offer grants to small businesses to prevent them from permanently shuttering and providing fresh food for the community through the area’s restaurants and small businesses
Heart of Dinner combats food insecurity and isolation within New York City’s elderly Asian American community by delivering weekly hot lunches, fresh produce, and bulk ingredients, while supporting local small businesses.
Sunshine Behavior Health details the mental health difficulties faced by members of Asian American communities brought on by societal expectations and provides numbers for support hotlines and mental health resources.
This resource compiles mental health and behavioral services for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders in all fifty states.
Asian LifeNet Hotline provides 24 hour support in Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, and Fujianese: 1-877-990-8585
The National Suicide Prevention Hotline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress and prevention and crisis resources: 1-800-273-8255. Online chat is also available.
The Crisis Text Line provides 24/7 free support for any crisis. A live, trained counselor responds from a secure online platform. Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor.