19 Mar 5 Friyays – March 19
I had every intention this week of sharing with you my five favorite K-Pop YA romance novels, to keep in theme with our Colonizer’s World Tour coverage this week of Korea. (For the record, my favorite is K-Pop Confidential.) However, in light of the murder of 8 people in Atlanta on Tuesday evening, I wanted to use this space to offer five ways to support the AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) community, and increase your own understanding and empathy around their lived experiences.
Watch PBS’ Series ‘Asian Americans’
It’s available on PBS’ website until 2030, so create a free account if you haven’t already, and tuck in. It’s five episodes, and both Dr. Erin and myself have been repeatedly shocked at all we didn’t know.
Familiarize Yourself with Movement Hub
In their words:
Movement Hub is a centralized platform created to amplify the on-the-ground activism and organizing within Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities across the country. We offer resources for and by AAPI community organizations to promote cross racial unity and civic participation for realizing systemic and structural change. This hub was built by the UCLA Center for Neighborhood Knowledge in collaboration with the
Eat at Asian-owned Restaurants
Some restaurants in Chinatowns across the country reported losing as much as 80 percent of their business in March 2020 as a direct result of coronavirus misconceptions related to Asians. Support Asian-owned establishments by ordering takeout or delivery from restaurants, contributing to local funds like Welcome to Chinatown to offer financial relief to affected businesses, and spreading the word to your communities.
Read A Book (or two, or three, or ten)
There are loads of lists all around the internet right now of AAPI books to read. (Here’s one, and another, and another) I recommend Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong as a starting point, but anything on any of those lists is great. This BookTube review of Minor Feelings is also exceptionally worth your time.
I got hit this week that I can rattle off the names of Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, and more, but I cannot tell you a single name of an AAPI person who lost their life to violence. So, I got some work to do. Maybe you do, too. If you want to do it together, Dr. Erin and I will be over on YouTube soon, sharing more resources as we discover them, too.
How are you? Do you have things making you happy right now that we can all share in? A new book you found, or a candle that’s really lovely? We’d love to hear about it. In the meantime, wash your hands, wear those masks, and stay safe – wherever you are.