Coronavirus Resources for Asian American Communities

A list of information and resources for Asian American communities. For weeks prior to the designation of COVID-19 as a global health pandemic, as pundits, Trump, and media outlets conspired to call it the “China Virus,” Asian American communities are experiencing the same tremendous challenges of the pandemic as healthcare workers, students, essential workers in low-wage and high risk industries, community members, parents, newly unemployed or chronically underemployed, uninsured and with language or status barriers. Here’s a curated list of sources for news, information and other resources that will be updated regularly.

News

AL JAZEERA: CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC NEWS

Coronavirus pandemicAl Jazeera’s comprehensive coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.www.aljazeera.com

AAJA MEDIAWATCH

Asian American Journalists AssociationAsian American Journalists Association is a membership nonprofit advancing diversity in newsrooms, and ensuring fair…www.aaja.org

DEMOCRACY NOW!

Democracy Now!Democracy Now! is a 501(c)3 non-profit news organization. We do not accept funding from advertising, underwriting or…www.democracynow.org

Resources

REPORT HATE CRIMES

Stop AAPI HateClick below to Submit Incident Report Forms Incident Report Form-English Incident Report Form-Chinese-Traditional…www.asianpacificpolicyandplanningcouncil.org

HATE CRIME DATA

Interactive Map of Reported Anti-Asian ViolenceRacismIsContagious: As the COVID-19 virus spreads Asian Americans have become targets for verbal and physical assaults…racismiscontagious.comStop AAPI Hate Weekly ReportsWeekly Report-03/26/20–04/01/20 Weekly Report-03/19/20–03/25/20www.asianpacificpolicyandplanningcouncil.org

COMMUNITY AND CULTURAL ORGANIZING

Asian American Feminist CollectiveWe engage in intersectional feminist politics grounded within our communities, including those whose backgrounds…www.asianamfeminism.org

ASIAN AMERICAN FEMINIST ANTIBODIES ASIAN AMERICAN FEMINIST ANTIBODIES {care in the time of coronavirus}

Asian American Writers’ WorkshopBy The author of Little Fires Everywhere on keeping our hope up as we shelter in place Celeste Ng A continued Poetry…aaww.orgPodcasts – Plan A MagA platform for Asian American writers and creators who want the freedom to communicate their vision of our chaotic and…planamag.com

ASIAN AMERICAN ORGANIZATIONS

  • Asian American Drug Abuse Program, Inc. (AADAP)
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice — Los Angeles (AAAJ-LA)
  • Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center (APADRC)
  • Asian Pacific Islanders for LGBTQ Equality- Los Angeles Chapter (API Equality — LA)
  • Asian Youth Center (AYC)
  • Cambodia Town, Inc. (CT)
  • Cambodian Association of America (CAA)
  • Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE)
  • Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF)
  • Chinatown Service Center (CSC)
  • Chinese American Citizens Alliance Los Angeles (C.A.C.A)
  • Families in Good Health (FiGH)
  • Korean American Coalition (KACLA)
  • Korean American Family Services (KFAM)
  • Koreatown Youth & Community Center (KYCC)
  • Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC)
  • National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse (NAPAFASA)
  • Organization of Chinese Americans of Greater Los Angeles (OCA-GLA)
  • Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment (PACE)
  • Pacific Asian Counseling Services (PACS)
  • Pacific Clinics — Asian Pacific Family Center (APFC)
  • South Asian Network (SAN)
  • Special Service for Groups (SSG)
  • Thai Community Development Center (ThaiCDC)
  • United Cambodian Community, Inc. (UCC)
  • UCLA Asian American Studies Center (UCLA AASC)
  • USC Asian Pacific American Student Services (USC APASS)

Asian American Journalists Association Calls for Anti Racism from News Organizations in Coronavirus Coverage

AAJA calls for “accurate and fair portrayals of Asians and Asian Americans”

This is excerpted from a statement by the AAJA MediaWatch Committee on February 13, 2020 and revised March 19, 2020. Read more on the AAJC website.

The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is urging journalists to exercise care in their coverage of the coronavirus outbreak in China to ensure accurate and fair portrayals of Asians and Asian Americans and to avoid fueling xenophobia and racism that have already emerged since the outbreak.

Some of the news and commentary that have raised concern include:

  • Use of images of people wearing face masks without providing the proper context: For many years prior to the coronavirus outbreak, face masks have been commonly used in East Asian countries, including for protection from pollution… (read more)
  • Use of generic images of Chinatown: Only include images of a local Chinatown if it is directly related to a news story… (read more)
  • Use of the term “Wuhan virus,” “China coronavirus,” or “Chinese coronavirus,” or any other term that uses geographic locations or refers to a population to describe the virus: The World Health Organization issued guidelines in 2015 discouraging the use of geographic locations… (read more)

Anti-Asian Violence Tops 100 Attacks Per Day, Lawmakers and Philanthropy Respond

On April 8, Alex Daniels of The Chronicle of Philanthropy details the response of funders who have played a critical role in reinvesting in divested communities. The determination of which communities exactly are divested from has unfortunately been part of the larger picture of how woefully underprepared, under-resourced and misunderstood Asian Americans and Asian as a socially constructed race actually are.

Patricia Eng and other Asian Americans and allies build consciousness among funders large and small to assess their own biases in who and what they fund

Quick Rose Garden Recap: President Trump — on the heels of the hearings calling for his impeachment — launched an immediate campaign to rebrand the novel virus COVID-19, one of several coronaviruses, as the “China Virus” or “Wuhan Virus.” One of his aides was said to have called it the “Kung Flu” to a Chinese American Washington Post reporter and then this whole conspiracy happened:

A close-up of President Trump’s notes shows where “Corona” was crossed out and replaced with “Chinese.” (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

The Washington Post reports:

While the president recently read a statement asking Americans to protect Asian Americans from racist attacks, saying they’re not to blame for the virus, his son Donald Trump Jr. shortly thereafter posted a “Kung-Flu Kid” video of his father crane-kicking the coronavirus. And just last week, the Group of Seven could not reach an agreement on a joint statement about the pandemic because the Trump administration insisted on referring to covid-19 as the “Wuhan Virus” — a term other world leaders rejected as needlessly divisive.

These racial “dog whistles” — including linking outgroups with germs and disease — are part of a long political history of demonizing foreigners as threatening and dangerous. Anecdotally, these racial appeals appear to be having real social and political consequences. In the early stages of the pandemic, before the general lockdowns, the news media reported significant drops in visits to Chinese restaurants. More recently, Asian Americans are increasingly reporting being verbally or physically attacked.

Ironically, they also say “The U.S. has an ugly history of blaming foreigners for disease” and “xenophobia” (emphasis added) to describe hate crimes against Asian Americans. 🤦🏻‍♀️ Luckily, the day before Trump said “It’s going to disappear. One day — it’s like a miracle — it will disappear” at a White House meeting with African American leaders, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) tweeted this letter: