Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC has been working to raise awareness about increased racism and discrimination against Asian Americans.
The Asian American community has long struggled for visibility and equity, and now our communities are facing additional physical and mental health harms arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past year, we have seen a sharp increase in anti-Asian hate crimes and hate incidents. Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC has been working to raise awareness about increased racism and discrimination against Asian Americans who are being wrongly blamed for the coronavirus. This discrimination is taking many forms from hostility and suspicion that Asian Americans are carriers of the coronavirus to verbal abuse, harassment, and even physical violence.
What Can You Do?
Report and help us document hate and harassment: We encourage community members who have experienced anti-Asian hate to share their experiences and report to our website www.StandAgainstHatred.org, which is accessible in Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese.
Browse the Asian Resource Hub for Community Resources
The Asian Resource Hub is a searchable resource directory that connects community members to Asian American and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander-serving organizations. This directory was created by Asian Americans Advancing Justice Southern California and Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC to provide organizations and community members access to valuable data and resources on the Asian American community, while also drawing attention to incidents of anti-Asian discrimination and hate.
Some examples of services you can find in the directory include:
- Social service support (ie: basic needs, language assistance, victims services, etc.)
- Legal assistance
- Mental health support
- Opportunities to get involved in civic engagement and policy advocacy
Are you looking for resources and assistance? Visit the Asian Resource Hub to find service providers and advocacy groups that serve Asian American and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander community across the country.
Learn Intervention Techniques
Advancing Justice | AAJC has partnered with Right To Be (formerly Hollaback!) to provide free trainings to equip people with techniques on how to safely intervene when they see or experience anti-Asian harassment. Check out our Trainings to Address Anti-Asian/Asian American Harassment page to view the most up-to-date list of free public trainings in our three-part series.
Anti-Asian Hate Media FAQ
Reporters and the media are vital partners in sounding the alarm about the resurgence of anti-Asian hate. Download the FAQ for frequently asked questions on anti-Asian hate and our work with Stand Against Hatred.
Follow Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC to receive updates about our work, including ways to get directly involved in our advocacy efforts.
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For additional resources on addressing anti-Asian hate and COVID-19, see:
- 5 Ds of Bystander Intervention PSA (watch and download via the top right corner link)
- A public service announcement created in partnership with Advancing Justice - LA, narrated by actor Ken Jeong, and animated by award-winning illustrator James Yang features Hollaback!'s “5 Ds of bystander intervention.” The 5 D's are the different methods a person can use to help victims of harassment and a core part of the bystander intervention training that Hollaback! and the Asian Americans Advancing Justice affiliation conduct nationwide.
- Coronavirus / COVID-19 Resources to Stand Against Racism
- Resources for the Asian American Community on Anti-Blackness
Below is a sampling of media coverage of these issues:
- Video: ‘We are crying out for help’: Actors, activist sounding alarm on surging attacks against Asian Americans, American Voices - MSNBC, February 7, 2021 (9 minutes)
- News article: As attacks against Asian Americans spike, advocates call for action to protect communities, CNN, February 13, 2021
- News article: Attacks on Asian Americans during pandemic renew criticism that U.S. undercounts hate crimes, Washington Post, February 22, 2021
- News article: ‘Words matter’ as Asian American leaders urge action against hate crimes, PBS NewsHour, February 23, 2021
- Video: Asian Americans: Battling Bias, CBS News, October 9, 2020 (27 minutes)