Anti-Asian hate crimes have surged dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic. While some may see this as a troubling new phenomenon, the reality is that discrimination and violence against Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities are deeply rooted in American history and policies. The erasure of this history along with the prevalence of the “model minority” stereotype used to portray Asian Americans as universally successful, have often rendered the AAPI community invisible in conversations about racial equity and economic disparities. Organizing, advocacy, and building solidarity work have also long been invisibilized, one of the byproducts of upholding white supremacy.
If we don't want history to repeat itself over and over again, it's time for us to better understand the AAPI community, as well as dispel myths that play into its limited access to funding and support.
Join this level-setting conversation specifically for funders, nonprofits, and allies who are looking to include Asian Americans as part of taking a more racially equitable approach to their grantmaking or internal processes, or to build multi-racial coalitions as part of their work.
How to Register
Registration is required by June 16th. Log-in details will be emailed to you a day before the session.
- PNY Members: Log in and click the Register Now link above to register yourself and/or a colleague at your organization.
- Non-Members: Please register by completing this short form. (no cost)
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Please note: To ensure fairness among our members, we reserve the right to limit the number of attendees per organization for select professional development programs.
Join this session to explore
- A basic understanding of who the AAPI community is, and how it has been funded historically (very little, focused on direct services, or in response to urgent moments such as the one we’re in)
- The model minority myth, and how it plays into the nation’s history of anti-Asian policies and access to funding streams
- How to show up as a funder in supporting local versus national AAPI communities and why they should not be conflated
- Lessons in supporting movement-building with a multi-racial lens
- The history of Black-Asian solidarity and the importance of building multi-racial coalitions
- Pat Eng, President and Chief Executive Officer, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP)
- Renee Tajima-Pena, Filmmaker
- Jo-Ann Yoo, Executive Director, Asian American Federation
- Kyung Yoon (Moderator), President, Korean American Community Foundation
All interested funders, nonprofits, and allies. What to expect: presentation followed by full group discussion.
** This is a part of our Looking Back, Moving Forward program series, supporting the sector to shift power, center relationships, and move from transactional to transformational philanthropy in service to racial equity. **
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