How to support the Asian-American community in New York
“I called for help but no one came,” says Noel Quintana, a New Yorker from the Philippines. recount a few moments after being reduced faced in an unprovoked attack on the subway last month. “I never knew no one would help me.”
Quintana’s words are a sentiment shared by many AAPI New Yorkers since the onset of COVID-19 early last year. In an already turbulent and painful year, New York’s AAPI community has been particularly worried and concerned for its safety, with a spate of violent attacks on some of its most vulnerable residents that made headlines as early as February. 2020. Yet whether it was an 89-year-old woman set on fire in Brooklyn or a man stabbed in the back as he walked through Chinatown, hate crime charges have been rare, leaving the AAPI community mostly felt ignored during an exceptionally traumatic time. And after this week’s tragedy in Atlanta, which left 8 people murdered, including 6 Asian women, the incident made national news and has since mobilized more people to advocate for an end to anti hate crimes. -asians.
With women 2.3 times more likely to be discriminated against, from March 2020 to February, STOP AAPI HATE reported 3,795 hate crimes against Asian Americans nationwide (many incidents in the AAPI community go unreported to authorities, but victims can report directly to STOP AAPI HATE here). In 2020 alone, NYC saw the biggest increase across the country at 833%. Partly because of the racist and dangerous rhetoric of the previous presidential administration that made Asian Americans the scapegoats for the pandemic, AAPI New Yorkers have been violently attacked, harassed, spat on, and stigmatized, with some companies belonging to AAPI vandalized and more simply struggle to stay afloat.
After a year of AAPI New Yorkers standing up for themselves and asking for help, the community needs our help more than ever. Currently, 1.3 million AAPI New Yorkers make up 15% of the city’s population. Here are some ways to support them.
If you see something film it
In the morning, Noel Quintana had his face slashed in the metro, not only did no one offer to help, but not a single person filmed the attack. If you see something happening and you don’t feel comfortable stepping in to offer help, recording with your smartphone helps document the incident and possibly prosecute the attackers. Currently, no arrests have been made in the Quintana case. Donations can be made to her GoFundMe.
Donate directly to other victims of anti-Asian violence
Truck driver Chak Keung Chan was severely assaulted on March 1 after arriving at a Syracuse Chinese restaurant from New York City for a routine delivery. His body was found unconscious with frostbite under his truck the next day, and Chen has been hospitalized ever since. Donations can be made to his GoFundMe. And on February 26, Good Samaritan Yong Zheng was killed in Brooklyn after trying to stop a robbery on the street. He leaves behind a wife and two children, and donations can be made to his GoFundMe.
Support the elderly
Founded by life partners Yin Chang and Moonlynn Tsai, Heart of Dinner helps Asian American seniors fight food insecurity by delivering hot meals and fresh produce accompanied by handwritten letters to seniors in Lower Manhattan, from Queens and Brooklyn. And since many are afraid to leave their homes for safety reasons, this GoFundMe is raising funds to purchase personal alarms for seniors and restaurant workers in Chinatown for protection.
AAPI Women Champion
For 37 years, Womankind has helped Asian women victims of domestic violence, human trafficking and sexual violence. In more than 18 Asian languages and dialects, the organization strives to provide “refuge, recovery and renewal for trauma survivors.” And at Sakhi for South Asian Women, all programs are geared towards South Asian women who have survived violence.
Donate or volunteer at these helpful organizations
Mekong NYC helps the Southeast Asian community of the Bronx and all other boroughs; Asian Americans for Equality focuses on community development through affordable housing and financial support; Korean Community Services in the New York Metropolitan Area offers a range of programs, including adult child care, vocational training for seniors, and immigrant assistance; The India Center encourages engagement with the Indo-American community and launched the South Asian Arts Resiliency Fund to help workers and artists affected during the pandemic; the APICHA Community Health Center is dedicated to LGBTQ and underserved residents of AAPI; the Sikh Coalition was founded in response to September 11 to protect the civil rights of American Sikhs; CAAV empowers low-income Asian immigrant and refugee communities; the Coalition for Asian-American Children and Families advocates for New York-based Pan-Asian children and families; South Asian Council of Social Services helps with access to health care, food insecurity and more in up to 12 different languages; Think! Chinatown promotes community engagement through storytelling and art; and Welcome to Chinatown is a grassroots initiative that supports small businesses devastated by the pandemic.
Eat in restaurants and restaurants AAPI
At an anti-Asian rally in New York City last month, a protester held up a sign that read, “Love our people as you love our food.” Don’t miss out on Asian eateries and eateries in New York City, show up with an appetite in Chinatown, or enjoy some of the best Filipino and Indian places in the city.
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