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    How to support the Asian and Pacific Islander community

    Here are some resources and ideas to help you become a better ally.
    By Airbnb on Mar. 23, 2021
    7-min read
    Updated Mar. 23, 2021

    Since the start of the pandemic, there has been an increase in discrimination against Asians and Pacific Islanders. As you know, over the last few weeks in particular, there has been a rise of anti-Asian violence in the US, especially targeting seniors—and culminating last week in the tragic murders of Daoyou Feng, Delaina Ashley Yaun, Hyun Jung Grant, Paul Andre Michels, Soon Chung Park, Suncha Kim, Yong Ae Yue, and Xiaojie Tan in Atlanta. At Airbnb, we recognize that discrimination towards Asians and Pacific Islanders has been a longstanding and global issue.

    In February, one of our employee resource groups, Asians@Airbnb, prepared a guide to help us understand how to fight anti-Asian discrimination and further support the Asian and Pacific Islander community. We’re making these resources available to you.

    Informational resources for allyship and fighting anti-Asian discrimination

    The following educational and informational resources for allyship and fighting anti-Asian discrimination were prepared by the Airbnb employee resource group Asians@Airbnb.

    There has been a growing number of anti-Asian hate crimes since the start of the pandemic, with Stop AAPI Hate receiving 3,795 reports of incidents between March 19, 2020 and February 28, 2021. This is believed to be just a fraction of the number of hate incidents that actually occurred. Most recently, we lost Daoyou Feng, Delaina Ashley Yaun, Hyun Jung Grant, Paul Andre Michels, Soon Chung Park, Suncha Kim, Yong Ae Yue, and Xiaojie Tan in the violent shootings in Atlanta. And over the last several weeks, we’ve seen a horrific rise of anti-Asian violence directed at our elders. We denounce these violent acts happening to our community and would like to call on you to stand up against these injustices.

    It’s important to note that hate crimes against our community are not new. The Asian Pacific Islander community has been subject to anti-Asian xenophobia and racism well before COVID-19 (e.g. Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, Japanese Internment camps, violence that led to the Filipino Farm Worker Movement, and more). And time and time again, when we’ve tried to raise our voices to speak up, we have been and continue to be silenced. Due to our white adjacency and the perpetuation of the model minority myth, our struggles have been and are often overlooked. We, too, are people of color who face injustices and discrimination, and we want to be seen and heard.

    We ask you to help elevate our voices and bring visibility to and justice for the Asian and Pacific Islander community. We’ve put together this resource guide to provide members of the Asian Pacific Islander community, friends, and allies with ways to further understand, show your support, and stand up against anti-Asian racism in your communities.

    What we can do right now

    1. Raise awareness, speak up, and condemn these attacks and anti-Asian racism
    When the mainstream media does not give the Asian Pacific Islander community enough coverage on these hate crimes, which has been the case this past year, it further silences our struggles and perpetuates the misconception that we don’t face discrimination due to the color of our skin. Below is what you can do to elevate the Asian Pacific Islander voice:

    2. Report instances of anti-Asian assault and crimes
    Report them at

    3. Protect yourself in the face of discrimination or safely stand up for others as a bystander
    Join webinars and training hosted by the Hollaback Bystander Intervention.

    4. Learn about the history of Asian Pacific Islander discrimination and other challenges we face

    5. Support, donate, and volunteer with organizations actively combating racism against the Asian Pacific Islander community

    Organizations to consider learning about and supporting:

    Atlanta-based community organizations

    • Asian Americans Advancing Justice in Atlanta -The local Atlanta chapter of the Asian Americans Advancing Justice organized a fundraiser to help the victims and their families impacted by the violent acts that took place on Tuesday, March 16, 2021.
    • Center for Pan Asian Services - a nonprofit located in Atlanta to promote self-sufficiency and equity for immigrants, refugees, and the underprivileged through comprehensive health and social services, capacity building, and advocacy.

    National organizations and fundraisers

    • AAPI Community Fund, a fundraiser to support organizations that empower and uplift the Asian Pacific Islander community, with initiatives such as increased community safety and support for those affected by violence. #StopAsianHate
    • Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC – a national nonprofit organization that focuses on housing rights, immigration, civil rights, labor rights, and others for Asian Americans.
    • Stop AAPI Hate – aggregates and responds to incidents of hate and harassment against Asian American/Pacific Islanders.
    • Hate Is A Virus – started as a grassroots movement to combat racism and xenophobia against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders fueled by COVID-19, Hate Is A Virus has evolved into a sustainable organization that addresses xenophobia and hate in the AAPI and BIPOC communities.
    • Act To Change – a national nonprofit organization working to address bullying, including in the Asian Pacific Islander community. They published “The Racism is a Virus Toolkit” to support the community in combating racism.
    • National Council of Asian Pacific Americans – a nonprofit organization that serves to represent the interests of the greater Asian American (AA) and Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (NHPI) communities through a coalition of 37 national Asian Pacific American organizations around the country.
    • AAPI Civic Engagement Fund - a non-profit, non-partisan fiscally sponsored project of NEO Philanthropy that believes that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders must be an integral part of strengthening America’s democracy, improving the quality of life for all, and creating vibrant multiracial communities.

    6. Be active in your community, company, and/or organization’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) space

    Join and support Asian Pacific Islander Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) as well as a greater alliance of Asian ERGs like the Asian Leaders Alliance (ALA) to combat racism together.

    The Asian Leaders Alliance (ALA) is a consortium of Asian ERG and civic leaders collaborating to spur positive, long-term, and inclusive community impact. They have put together the following resources to support other Asian ERG leaders/members in addressing anti-Asian xenophobia and racism:

    Join the ALA community: Subscribe to ALA. Discuss with ALA on Slack.

    About Asians@ Employee Resource Group: Asians@ Airbnb is an employee resource group (ERG) dedicated to elevating the Asian Pacific Islander voice in the community, towards the wider mission of Airbnb to create a world where anyone can belong anywhere.

    Information contained in this article may have changed since publication.

    Mar. 23, 2021
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