Our Statement – Asian Improv Nation

Dearest Friends, Colleagues, Community, and Beyond,

We, as cohort organizations and artists within Asian Improv Nation, believe that hate, racism, discrimination, injustice, silence, and apathy have no place in society. We, as artists, activists, community builders, creatives, and forward thinkers, are part of the tapestry of the over 21 million Asian Americans who live here in the United States.

With a history dating back some 200 years, Asians / Asian Americans have played an integral part of building the United States of America, through agriculture, farming, fishing, manufacturing, working on the front lines of the health field in hospitals and nursing homes, and as business owners, scholars, educators, artists, community leaders, lawyers, entrepreneurs, etc. 

We, like many other underrepresented communities, have felt the brunt of injustice and discrimination consistently from the beginning, particularly with the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act with other racist policies enacted around the same time, in hopes to prevent the immigration, naturalization, and legacy of Asians in America.

Our contributions and experiences have been minimized and omitted from the American history books.The levels of invisibility and disregard Asian Americans have endured over the decades, have come again into public attention, because of the racism and xenophobia running rampant during this COVID-19 pandemic, and the senseless attacks, violence, bigotry, misogyny, leading to the harassment and murder of Asian Americans. 

We stand united in voice, community, solidarity, and action with our sisters and brothers fighting for the rights in support of Asian Americans. We will not be silent while our mothers, fathers, grandparents, children, neighbors, and community members across the country are under attack. 

We, as a nation of all people, must move forward embracing our country’s diversity, knowing there are broader power and vision to collaborate and to support one another in healing from traumas. Let’s celebrate our partnerships, and work together with the experiences of our many communities and generations.

Asian Improv aRts

Asian Improv aRts Midwest

Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center

GenRyu Arts

Lenora Lee Dance

Tsukasa Taiko

Shubukai

Toyoaki Shamisen


Resources

 

Reporting & Community Safety

STOP AAPI HATE
Oakland Chinatown Coalition Community Strolling Program
OCA AAPI Hate Crimes
We Are Not A Virus
Sign on to Chinese for Affirmative Action’s Statement to Demand Action Against Violence

 

Support API led organizations 

Chinese Progressive Association
Chinese for Affirmative Action
Vietnamese American Community Center of the East Bay
Save Our Chinatowns
Asian Pacific Environmental Network
AAPI Women Lead

 

Medical and Mental Health Support

Asian Health Services
Asian Community Mental Health Services
Asian Mental Health Project

 

Legal Services

API Legal Outreach
Bay Area Legal Aid

 

Direct support to Atlanta shooting victims through AAAJ Atlanta chapter:

https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/support-georgias-asian-american-community/

 

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