Resources to Help Empower Asian and Pacific Islander Communities
Words have consequences. And many have pointed to the way that leaders have framed the COVID-19 pandemic as a contributing factor in the uptick in racist incidents against Asian and Pacific Islanders in the United States.
From the start of the pandemic through February, 3,795 hate incidents were reported to Stop AAPI Hate (PDF, 264 KB), a national coalition of API groups. Victims reported verbal harassment, physical assault, shunning and other incidents in their workplaces, schools, restaurants, stores and online. The attacks have prompted others to seek ways to support the API community.
4 Simple Ways to Be a Better Ally to Asians and Pacific Islanders
Learn Read, listen and watch stories about Asian and Pacific Islander experiences to understand their perspectives and what kinds of discrimination they have had to face.
Support Show Asian and Pacific Islander people in your community that you see them and acknowledge them by starting conversations with them.
Participate or donate Participate in peaceful demonstrations or give money to causes that empower Asians and Pacific Islanders, raising awareness about their needs.
Speak up Talk to your inner circle, families, friends, coworkers and neighbors when they target Asians and Pacific Islanders, sharing what you have learned.
While addressing experiences of abuse targeting the API community is an important aspect of allyship, empowerment extends beyond tackling these specific incidents. Allies can help communities by recognizing the individual challenges that groups within the API community face, while also learning how to support these communities in arenas such as health, business and education.
Asian Pacific Islander Resources
To learn more about how to empower the API community, OnlineMSWPrograms.com has collected a list of organizations and resources focused on addressing the needs of Asians and Pacific Islanders.
“Asian Americans,” PBS: Documentary series examines the history and impact of Asian Americans on the country.
“Engaging Asian Pacific Islanders with Luisa Blue,” Othering and Belonging Institute of UC Berkeley: Episode of Who Belongs? podcast features the executive vice president of the Service Employees International Union and an expert in API civic engagement issues.
Committee of 100: Nonpartisan leadership organization of Chinese Americans in business, government, academia and the arts that promotes full inclusion of Chinese Americans and advocates for constructive U.S.-China relationships.
Council of Korean Americans: National organization working to advance the influence of the Korean American community through partnerships, education and leadership development.
Korean American Coalition : Los Angeles nonprofit that promotes civic and civil rights interests of Korean Americans with education, organizing, leadership development and coalition-building.
Korean American Family Services : Los Angeles center provides social services, including clinical counseling and domestic violence support, to children, adults and families.
Korean American Family Service Center : Group servicing the New York tri-state area that supports and empowers individuals to end domestic violence, sexual assault and relationship abuse and lead safe and healthy lives.
Lao American Coalition : California nonprofit focused on advancing the community through civic participation and public policy advocacy.
Laotian American National Alliance : Organization working to advance the social and economic well-being of the community by advocating for social justice, equal opportunity and fair treatment for all multiethnic groups from Laos, preserving culture and raising awareness.
Laotian American Society : Nonprofit in Georgia that promotes cultural awareness and empowers the Laotian American community.
South Pacific Islander Organization : Grassroots nonprofit that serves primarily people of Polynesian, Micronesian and Melanesian descent through leadership development, storytelling and community-building programs.
Ascend : Nonprofit organization of business professionals in North America that represents members of the Pan-Asian business communities.
Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce: Membership organization dedicated to providing information for members to make strategic business decisions and contributing to the economic advancement of Asian Pacific American businesses and professionals.
Center for the Pacific Asian Family : Addressing causes and outcomes of family violence and violence against women in the Asian and Pacific Islander communities by providing help line, shelter and transitional assistance.
Asian Counseling and Referral Service : Organization that provides behavioral health programs, human services and civic engagement activities for Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders and other communities in King County, Washington, and other parts of the Pacific Northwest.
Asians Do Therapy: Online community started by a marriage and family therapist to encourage more Asians and Asian Americans to seek therapy and use its guide to learning more about the process of determining when to seek therapy and what kind of therapist or counselor to see.
Mann Mukti : Platform that encourages those in the South Asian community to overcome stigma about mental health and to seek help.
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance : Organization representing Asian American and Pacific Islander workers, most of them union members, and allies with a mission to advance worker, immigrant and civil rights.
Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach : Organization providing culturally competent and linguistically appropriate legal representation, social services and advocacy for the community, especially low-income women, seniors, recent immigrants and young people.
API Equality-LA : Organization working to empower Asian and Pacific Islander communities and reach LGBTQ, racial and social justice.
Asian Pride Project : Platform for personal stories of lesbian, gay, transgender and queer triumphs and struggles in the Asian and Pacific Islander communities.
GLBTQ+ Asian Pacific Alliance : San Francisco organization that provides social, cultural and political programs and activities to advance and protect the community’s interest.
National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance : Federation of LGBTQ Asian American, South Asian and Pacific Islander groups working to build influence, develop leadership, promote visibility, expand collaboration and challenge anti-LGBTQ bias and racism.
Trikone : Providing a safe space for LGBTQ South Asians and their allies and encouraging them to feel empowered in the San Francisco Bay Area and elsewhere.
The Visibility Project : Platform that highlights stories and images of the national queer Asian Pacific American women and transgender community for the purpose of making an impact by sharing experiences.
AAPI Women Lead : Organization’s #ImReady Movement raises the visibility of AAPI women and their experiences with the goal of strengthening their impact on communities.
Center for Asian Pacific American Women : Providing a support network to encourage the leadership capacity and strengthening the community of Asian American Pacific Islander women through a leadership institute.
Hmong American Women’s Association : Grassroots social justice advocacy organization in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, dedicated to the liberation of Southeast Asian women, girls, queer and trans people.