I’ve talked about “Actionable Reads” a few times before in my Month in Review posts and wanted to feature this in its own post today, as well as some resources folks have created around supporting Asian communities in the face of violence and hate crimes.
Inspired by Ellen @ Reading The End, Actionable Reads is a personal challenge where I choose organizations to donate to each month (when income permits) based on my current reads. It’s a way to try to be more actionable and external in my activism beyond simply diversifying my reading.
Sharing these actions offers some accountability, as well as a way to highlight organizations doing great work and hopefully inspire more people to donate if they’re able!
The past few weeks I’ve been thinking a lot about the recent and ongoing hate crimes committed against Asian communities around the world, heightened throughout the pandemic, and I wanted to focus my donations this month on organizations supporting the needs of these communities.
I often go through CanadaHelps for donations, which is a registered charity that highlights and supports charities across Canada and makes it easy to donate through their centralized site. They just announced two funds, an Asian Solidarity Fund and Anti-Racism Fund, where P&G Canada will be matching all donations until June 30th! A great way for your donation to have even more of an impact!
CanadaHelps has included a full list of the charities involved in each fund that donations will support so today I wanted to highlight some organizations I’ve learned about through these funds that I’m looking forward to supporting!
Charities Supporting Asian Canadians
- Chinese Community Library Services Association: of course a library one got my attention! This organization is based in Vancouver and focused on the preservation and promotion of Chinese culture as North America’s only Chinese-language community library. As well as managing a physical library of resources, they also provide a gathering space and different events, particularly geared to elders in the community. They’re currently in the process of revitalizing the library so I’m excited to see what’s to come!
- OtherHalf–Chinese Stem Cell Initiative: this organization is focused on education and outreach to increase the number of stem cell donors of Chinese ancestry, who are vastly underrepresented in the global stem cell registry. I had never thought of ethnicity being important for donors so it’s great that they’re doing this work to educate the public and help future patients. I also really enjoyed this interview with one of their Vancouver volunteers (they’re based in Ontario but seem to have a Vancouver branch too) offering more insight on how they’re working towards these goals.
- Riverdale Immigrant Women’s Centre: an organization based in Toronto that offers support to immigrant women and their families, though they’ve also expanded to include other marginalized groups including seniors, 2SLGBTQ+ people, and refugees. Programming is focused on empowerment and includes employment and settlement services, counseling, and supports for women who’ve experienced abuse. They offer such a wide range of programming to support these communities, it’s wonderful to see!
- Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden Society: and another Vancouver non-profit and a beloved tourist attraction that I sadly still have not visited! Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is a garden in Chinatown with a mission to build community and provide cultural education. They offer tours, exhibitions, lectures, educational activities for kids, and lots more. One day I’ll visit in person but for now they offer a lot of resources on their website to learn more about Chinese-Canadian culture.
I really love being able to support locally so it was wonderful to learn about these funds and all the organizations that donations will be supporting. A great way, too, to find organizations I can support more long-term.
Anti-Asian Violence and Asian Representation Resources
Many folks have been creating resources on anti-Asian violence and Asian representation that offer education and action items so I wanted to feature some of these as well:
- Anti-Asian Violence Resources: contains lots of resources covering media updates, petitions, ally training, organizations to donate to, and helplines.
- Stop AAPI Hate: a US-based reporting center for instances of violence and harassment against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, they also offer resources and support to those impacted by these events and use information from reports to further their advocacy work in developing policies.
- Hollaback!: I briefly mentioned this in an earlier post but Hollaback! is a non-profit that works to end harassment and offers free trainings, including bystander intervention training to stop anti-Asian violence. They’ve also got lots of resources on their site on how to combat harassment — in the workplace, on the street, and online.
- The RepresentASIAN Project: a group of Asian Canadians and Asian Americans dedicated to celebrating, advocating and elevating Asian representation. Their site offers news articles, profiles on Asian Canadians and Americans in different industries, and features highlighting positive representation of Asians in the media.
- Bookmarks and Bites: for those able to donate and looking for bookish items at the same time, Hannah @ Books and Bites Roc is donating all proceeds from her Asian Flavors bookmarks to AAPI supported non-profits.
If you have created your own resources or come across others, feel free to share them below! And if there’s an organization you love supporting that’s dedicated to assisting Asian communities, please give them a shout-out!
What are some ways that you move beyond reading in your activism?
Graphics from linked websites above.