NAPAWF NYC issues Statement Coronavirus related racism and discrimination


The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) issued a statement today condemning racist acts of violence against Asian American related to the coronavirus.

“The recent anti-Asian attacks have come from the simplification of our diverse community into one singular entity, the wrongful suspicion that East Asian Americans are responsible for the pandemic and carriers of COVID-19, and the perpetual foreigner stereotype which deems Asians as outsiders. These long-held stereotypes are not only harmful to our community but are a distraction from responding to this public health crisis. We are here to remind the world that we are not your scapegoat. We are not a virus. We are not the problem. Though we may be physically distant from each other now, this pandemic cannot eclipse the collective power and resiliency we have built throughout history that we will continue to harness during this moment….

Read the full statement on NAPAWF NYC’s website

Today’s COVID19 related anti-Asian hate crimes have been a few centuries in the making and are directly related to reproductive justice and systemic racism for Asian American women of color, who were in fact banned on the basis of race, and for whom race was constructed specifically around the idea that they were social and public health contaminants. (Read Diana Lu’s article “Yang Song and the Long History of Targeting Asian American Sex Work”)

From “The Exclusion of Chinese Women, 1870–1943,” Sucheng Chan in Chinese Immigrants and American Law (Ed. Charles McClain)

The text of the Page Act itself reads:

“That it shall be unlawful for aliens of the following classes to immigrate into the United States, namely, persons who are undergoing sentence for conviction in their own country of felonious crimes other than political or growing out of or the result of such political offenses, and women “imported for the purposes of prostitution. Every vessel arriving in the United States may be inspected under the direction of the collector of the port at which it arrives, if he shall have reason to believe that such obnoxious persons are on board…[shall be] ascertained by him to be of either of the classes whose importation is hereby forbidden.”

Page Act, Approved, March 3, 1875

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.



Coronavirus pandemicAl Jazeera’s comprehensive coverage of the coronavirus


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


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



Stop AAPI HateClick below to Submit Incident Report Forms Incident Report Form-English Incident Report Form-Chinese-Traditional…


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/


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


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…


  • 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)