Stop AAPI Hate Aims a Spotlight at Rising Anti-Asian Racism

NY TimesCynthia Choi, 55, is one of the three activists who co-founded Stop AAPI Hate, a coalition that tracks, documents and responds to incidents of hate, violence and discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

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Once lockdowns started in March 2020, and the pandemic’s presence became an undeniable reality, you were immediately able to get Stop AAPI Hate up and running. What made you conceive the site?

In early 2020, my co-executive director at Chinese for Affirmative Action and I became deeply concerned there would be a new wave of anti-Asian hate as a result of racist rhetoric coming from elected leaders and hostile U.S.-China relations, and that our community would be scapegoated, harassed, discriminated against and attacked. After discussions with Manjusha Kulkarni at AAPI Equity Alliance and Dr. Russell Jeung at the Asian American Studies Department at San Francisco State University, we decided to establish the coalition.

What goals did you have for Stop AAPI Hate and what have you been able to document?

We set out to understand the nature of the hate, who was being affected and where this was occurring. Between March 2020 and September 2021, more than 10,300 incidents of hate against Asian and Pacific Islanders across the U.S. have been reported on the site. Our most recent national report showed that there is a sustained high number of racist attacks against Asian Americans.

Stop AAPI Hate Aims a Spotlight at Rising Anti-Asian Racism – The New York Times (

EPIC – Pasifika Art Gallery: Reflection, Revival, (R)evolution

Pasifika Art: Reflection, Revival, (R)evolution is a multimedia project grounded in the Samoan cultural practices of talanoa and teu le vā, meaning talk story and to care for the space that connects us. EPIC understands the critical role that art plays in articulating the realities of our communities while also creating space for dreaming of radically different futures

Reflection has a duality that speaks to the need for PI’s to be seen and be in critical dialogue about our roles in social justice movements. Revival speaks to healing and the renewed energy that elders and youth are feeling in response to the pandemic and racial justice uprisings. (R)evolution is both a call to action and a meditation on the changes our communities have undergone due to colonization as well as the conscious decisions younger generations are making about what parts of culture to preserve and evolve. 

What We Heard 

The EPIC team crowdsourced responses to prompts issued through Instagram asking: Can you envision a world without police/prisons? Who or what makes you feel safe? 

WE TAKE CARE OF US. When asked what makes them feel safe, respondents told us about sisters, siblings, prayer circles, parents, friends, and family. Hundreds of times they named people and not systems. It’s clear that the abolition we want will require deep relationships that center community and connection. 

THE FUTURE WE WANT IS POSSIBLE. Though a strong majority of our respondents want abolition, the current state of the world has made it feel unattainable. We want to illustrate that it’s not only possible, in many ways it is already here. 

TOGETHER, WE HAVE THE POWER. This message and framework comes directly from Culture Surge’s The Storytellers’ Guide to Changing Our World. We disrupt traditional notions of power that are exploitative and instead inspire movement building towards a collective power because we know that liberation will require all of us. 

Click here to view the Art Gallery, including film screenings, commissioned artists, and an art contest.

AAPCHO COVID-19 Resource Hub


Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) is continuously monitoring (COVID-19) alerts and information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and other health agencies across the United States and its territories.

This page will be updated frequently with tailored resources for community health centers covering the COVID-19 vaccines, multilingual and culturally appropriate materials for Asian American (AA), Native Hawaiian (NH), and Pacific Islander (PI) communities, resources to address anti-Asian racism, public health considerations, and other public health considerations.

Resources Include: COVID-19 Vaccine, Multilingual and Culturally Appropriate Materials, Resources for Health Centers, Addressing Anti-Asian Racism, Cultural Humility, and Public Health Considerations

If you have questions, would you like to contribute resources to this page, and/or require technical assistance, please email

Pacific Islander COVID-19 Response Team | EPIC

EPIC is an active member of both the National and Southern CA Pacific Islander COVID-19 Response Teams. You can find more information and resources by visiting this website.

The Pacific Islander COVID-19 Response Team is a national group of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) researchers, health experts, community leaders and advocates formed to plan and implement infrastructure for informing and supporting families and communities about COVID-19.

The National Lead for the team is Dr. Raynald Samoa and the Technical Assistance Lead is Dr. Nia Aitaoto. The Pacific Islander Center of Primary Care Excellence is the convening organization for the Response Team. A list and names of the National Focus committee, as well as the names and contact information for the different regional leads for California (Northern and Southern), Washington state (King and Pierce County), Utah, Arkansas, Oregon and Hawaii is included below.

AAPI Health and COVID-19 Health Information | AAPI Emergency Response Network

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Learn more and find resources for COVID-19 related health information, including resources translated into different AA and NHPI languages. The ERN is a central hub for resources for the AA and NHPI community in these difficult times. On this page you will find links for COVID-19 related health information, including resources translated into different AA and NHPI languages. If you know of resources that could be helpful to the community, please submit them here.

Statement of Solidarity From the Asian American Leaders Table on 9/11

From the Chinese Progressive Association:

To mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the Asian American Leaders Table invited us and our colleagues in the Asian American and racial justice movements to remember and reflect on the past 20 years. We asked ourselves: How did the tragedy affect me, us, and our community? What are we still grappling with as communities of faith and communities of color? How do we use our collective power and resources to build a truly inclusive nation? Click the link below for some reflections that our Arab, Muslim and South Asian leaders offered and for the full statement of solidarity from the Asian American Leaders Table with additional resources:

APEN: Get Your Community Ready and Resourced for Fire Season

Access the informational new article here!

APEN: It’s fire season and this year, we’re facing one of the worst droughts in California’s historyFires are already blazing in some parts of the state and we’re once again preparing for mass power shutoffs.

Here are 5 things you can do to make sure your community is ready and resourced for this year’s fire season

You can also read the Chinese version of the article here!