There has been a sickening wave of violent hate crimes against Asian Americans over the past year. Racist, xenophobic messages from certain world leaders have paved the way for assailants to blame all Asian Americans for the pandemic and then brutally attack us for it. Only the most depraved people carry out these attacks, but you do not have to be an assailant to enable racism. I don’t pretend to be an expert in solving social issues, but now is not the time to be silent. We can start with learning from each other’s experiences, holding ourselves accountable, and understanding the long history of racism against Asian Americans.
Here are just a few resources to start:
1. Try Guys: We Need to Talk About Anti-Asian Hate
This is an excellent documentary produced by Eugene Yang and the Try Guys. I love how they’re using their platform for activism! It gives great insight into the history of anti-Asian sentiments and what has led us to the ubiquitous attacks we are experiencing today.
Take a look at this if you want to further understand the severity of today’s situation.
The constant news of hate crime after hate crime has left many with anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. The Asian Mental Health Collective navigates the cultural hardships that Asian Americans face when seeking mental health help.
This Time Magazine article examines the dangers of not teaching anti-Asian sentiments in classrooms.
5. Sign up for Bystander Intervention Training
What do you do when you see someone being attacked or verbally abused?
Create to Stop Hate Auction
Gliss Prints is proud to participate in Create to Stop Hate, an auction that is raising money for the Stop AAPI Hate organization. Several talented AAPI business owners (artists, designers, sculpturists, and so many more!) have donated items for the auction. Our Custom Vinyl Record Print is up for auction until April 9th, 2021! You can place a bid by visiting their Instagram page and commenting your bid. Be sure to scan the comments for the current highest bidder! The auction organizer will contact the highest bidder with information on how to make payment and receive your item. This initiative was featured in the LA Times and Gliss Prints even received a mention!
It won’t stop here! Representation is also a big missing piece of the puzzle, so I want to highlight more Asian American composers, musicians, creators in future blog posts. Stay tuned!