May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage month. Every year it is used as an opportunity to highlight AAPI voices and celebrate AAPI culture. This year, however, it is more important than ever to take time to address the rise in Anti-Asian violence that is happening across the country.
At Career Group Companies, we call to #StopAsianHate, and denounce any form of racism, hate or bigotry. Unfortunately, anti-Asian sentiment is not limited to violence, but can also be found in the microaggressions, hostility, and harmful stereotypes that persist in schools, workplaces, and every area of life.
As an ally to the AAPI community, this month is your chance to take action, check in on your peers or coworkers of AAPI Heritage, and support the AAPI community in any way you can. Remember, support and allyship doesn’t end when May does. Instead, use this moment to consider the individual power you have to make a positive impact and give renewed attention to a community that needs your support.
Here are some things you can do right now:
Check in on your AAPI Peers and Coworkers
Many members of the AAPI community are feeling vulnerable, scared, or alone right now. As an ally, friend, or peer, use this moment to check in and let them know you are here to offer support and friendship. This may seem like a simple gesture, but it will have a huge impact.
Support AAPI Organizations
If you’re in a financial position to do so, donate to organizations supporting the AAPI community. Some great ones include Stop AAPI Hate, Asian Pacific COVID-19 Recovery Fund, Asian Mental Health Collective, or consider supporting Victim Memorial Funds. Looking for more? See New York Magazine’s 68 Ways to Donate in Support of Asian Communities
Start by educating yourself on what is happening in America today, and then take time to learn about the history of marginalization, discrimination, and anti-Asian sentiment. The AAPI community represents a vast continent of cultures and diverse experiences, so do the work to make sure you’re not conflating them all into one. Celebrating diversity means truly valuing our differences, unique stories, and experiences.
It’s always best to seek out informed resources, so if you don’t know where to start, start here.
Of course, with anti-Asian violence on the rise, it’s up to all of us to speak up to #StopAsianHate. Hold your peers and coworkers accountable if you witness workplace microaggressions or hostility of any kind. Report incidents through the appropriate channels, whether that is through your Human Resources department, or sites like this one.
Shop local and support AAPI businesses
While many small, local businesses suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic, research shows that Asian-owned businesses felt the greatest impact. As restaurants and businesses are finally able to open their doors again, it’s extremely important to support the local businesses in your community. Sites like Yelp have launched filters to help you find Asian-owned businesses and restaurants local to your area, and other publications are sharing Asian-American Owned Businesses you can support.
It’s important that your support of the Asian American Pacific Islander community doesn’t end when May ends. You can always be an ally to communities that count on your support, you can always support minority-owned businesses, and you should always speak up in the presence of hate, racism, or bigotry. We are standing in solidarity with our peers and coworkers of AAPI Heritage, this month and beyond, and we hope you’ll join us.