In the week following the tragic shootings in Atlanta, and in the months beforehand amid a wave of violent attacks on those in the AAPI community, we’ve seen an outpouring of grief as well as a reckoning with the racism faced by Asian Americans. We’ve also seen calls to action, links to donate, resources to raise awareness, and shows of support shared on social media and passed around our own circles. We’re gathering them here for easy access to our readers and the design community.
You’ll find that most of this list is not designer-specific. We believe that right now is the time to be human beings first and designers second—to donate, to show solidarity, and to educate ourselves on building an anti-racist future. We have, however, included certain fundraisers, resources, talks, and work from AAPI designers, and we encourage you to use these to diversify your design networks, references, and knowledge, and to show your support and solidarity with AAPI in the design community during this time. We’d also love for you to add to this list—we want it to reflect the evolving nature of this moment, so please feel free to contribute to this open Google doc and we’ll update the post periodically.
Where to Donate
A list of organizations whose work centers around justice and support for the AAPI community. Ed note: We’d like to list local organizations as well as national ones, as we know that smaller, community-led organizations are doing necessary work closest to the ground and are often most in need of funds. Right now we mostly have organizations in Atlanta and New York City (where AIGA national is based)—if there are organizations in your area doing this work well, please add!
Since 1991, the AAJC has fought to advance civil and human rights for Asian Americans and to build and promote a fair and equitable society for all. Their Atlanta affiliate is the first and only nonprofit legal advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the civil rights of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) in Georgia and the Southeast. The link above is to the organization; here is a link to their donation page for the victims of the shooting in Atlanta and their families.
The Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council (A3PCON), Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), and the Asian American Studies Department of San Francisco State University launched the Stop AAPI Hate reporting center on March 19, 2020. The center tracks and responds to incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning, and child bullying against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Your donations would go to helping them track and respond to the recent surge in racism and xenophobia.
Red Canary Song is a grassroots Chinese massage parlor worker coalition. The collective of Asian and migrant workers across the U.S. has been organizing and raising awareness in response to the shooting at three massage parlors in Atlanta.
Grassroots Asians Rising is a national network of grassroots organizations rooted in Asian communities across the U.S. Their work centers around supporting refugees, low-wage workers, youth, undocumented immigrants, queer and trans people, and low-income tenants.
NAPAWF is an organization focused on building power with AAPI women and girls. Their work spans policy and structural change; organizing and civic engagement; and legal advocacy and judicial strategy.
- Welcome to Chinatown (NYC)
Welcome to Chinatown is a grassroots initiative to support Chinatown businesses and amplify community voices. They do so through cash infusions, food donation programs, merchandise lines for local businesses, census reporting, and more. The organization was launched in March 2020 in response to the pandemic and the growing xenophobia and racism impacting Chinatown shops and restaurants.
- Send Chinatown Love (NYC)
Send Chinatown Love was also launched in March 2020 in response to the pandemic and the growing xenophobia and racism impacting Chinatown restaurants. They work with restaurants that are mostly cash-only, lack an online web presence and have been affected by pandemic restrictions by creating a platform for them and building easy-to-adopt solutions to create revenue streams.
- Think! Chinatown (NYC)
Think! Chinatown is a non-profit in NYC’s Chinatown with a mission to foster inter-generational community through neighborhood engagement, storytelling and the arts.
- CAAV (NYC)
CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities works to build grassroots community power across diverse poor and working class Asian immigrant and refugee communities in New York City.
- Heart of Dinner (NYC)
Heart of Dinner combats food insecurity and isolation within NYC’s elderly Asian American community by delivering care packages of hot lunches and fresh produce every week, along with a handwritten and illustrated letters in Chinese or Korean.
Send funds directly to the victims of the Atlanta shooting and their families
Fundraisers you can participate in:
#DesignForAtl fundraiser: Started by Ladies & Gentlemen Studio, Hello Human, and Tantuvi, #DesignforATL is a fundraiser selling design products in support of the AAPI community in Atlanta. There’s a lot of great design for sale, and all of the proceeds go to Advancing Justice’s Atlanta chapter. Here’s how it works. The fundraiser ends on 3/28.
In the Mood for Love Not Hate: A safety kit designed for elderly Asian Americans that includes a
“In the Mood for Love Not Hate” Tee: An extension of the safety kit initiative, this is a fundraiser by FAR-NEAR, a book series curated annually to broaden the perspectives of Asia. Buy a T-shirt and 100% of the proceeds go to the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund and the Immigrant History Initiative.
Other online resource guides, in-depth Google docs, and training courses that address anti-AAPI racism.
A truly excellent list of readings to better understand Asian American experiences as it relates to historic acts of violence and the necessity of solidarity with Black liberation, queer liberation, and disability justice. For each link there’s an estimated reading time, brief description, links to the writers platforms to continue supporting their work, and reflection questions for journaling and dialogue.
An exhaustive list of resources put together by @miarubin3 that breaks donations down by regions, has a great section on health and wellness, and lists AAPI writers and artists with links to their work.
Anti-Asian Racism and Violence Resources — AIGA Design Educators Community
A great resource guide for educators from our very own DEC. We pulled out relevant links and added them to this resource guide, but it’s worth digging into the full thing, particularly if you’re teaching.
Asian American Racial Justice Toolkit — Grassroots Asians Rising
The collective work of 15 grassroots organizations with Asian American bases living in the most precarious margins of power: low-income tenants, youth, undocumented immigrants, low-wage workers, refugees, women and girls, and queer and trans people. This toolkit is a deep dive—it goes into racial justice training, actions you can take in support of the movement, and further resources.
Safety Tips for Those Experiencing or Witnessing Hate — Stop AAPI Hate
A short guide from Stop AAPI Hate on the five things to do if you 1) experience and 2) witness hate. For more on bystander intervention training, go to Hollaback! They are currently partnering with AAJC to put on training courses specifically in response to the rise in Anti-Asian/American and xenophobic harassment.
Instagram carousels, poster downloads, graphics to share (especially from AAPI designers). Don’t forget to credit when you share.
How to Support Georgia’s AAPI community right now: An Instagram carousel from the AAAJC Atlanta account instructing how you can help the Atlanta AAPI community through the work of the organization.
How to Be an Ally + Help Asian Americans Fight Anti-Asian Racism: An Instagram carousel by @kimsaira with resources on where to donate, how to support, how to diversify your feeds, and book suggestions.
We Are Not Silent. But Are You Listening? and the other excellent graphics Zipeng Zhu has been making, for example here and here. Zhu also made the lead image for this resource guide, which you can find here.
Stop Killing Asians: A graphic from the fantastic Isometric Studio.
Our Actions Matter/ We Matter: A beautiful graphic from designer Joyce N. Ho (the caption is worth a read as well).
Julia Rothman’s illustrated column with Xi’an Famous Foods: Rothman’s New York Times column in digital form—in conversation with Jason Wang of beloved NYC restaurant Xi’an Famous Foods about the rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans in NYC and other cities since the pandemic.
Welcome to Chinatown’s Stop AAPI Hate Posters: Designed by Welcome to Chinatown’s volunteer designers and illustrators (led by creative director Harry Trinh), these posters are for free download for a rally against anti-Asian violence in Columbus Park in Manhattan Chinatown.
“I Still Believe in Our City” Posters: Artist Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya (@alonglastname) has released some of the art from her “I Still Believe in Our City” campaign as free downloadable digital posters for protests and rallies. “Speak up for the Asian American community,” she writes on the site—especially if you’re an ally standing in solidarity with Asian Americans and their right to live with respect and dignity.
Where to find Asian-American designers, illustrators, and AAPI-owned design studios to hire
This list is just a start— we invite you to add to it.
Welcome to Chinatown (lots of great designers listed under “volunteers”)
Talks from/about AAPI designers and designers of Asian descent
This list is just a start— we invite you to add to it.
Activists to follow on social
This list is just a start—we invite you to add to it.
Anti-AAPI racism reading and watching
Ed note: We ask that whenever you can, please don’t buy these books from Amazon. In most cases, we’ve linked directly to the author’s website. You can buy from local bookstores at Indiebound.org and Bookshop.org, and buy ebooks and audio books on Kobo. You can also find a good list of Asian-American owned bookstores in here.
- The Making of Asian America: A History by Erika Lee
The Making of Asian America tells the little-known history of Asian Americans and their role in American life, from the arrival of the first Asians in the Americas to the present-day.
- The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter
For an in-depth history of how race was invented and constructed, and how the idea of whiteness has carried forth throughout history, from the ancient Greeks (who had no concept of race) up to today. It’s slightly academic, deeply informed, and a truly engaging read.
- Living For Change by Grace Lee Boggs
The autobiography of legendary human rights activist Grace Lee Boggs. If you’re unfamiliar, watching this video of Boggs in conversation with Angela Davis will make you want to read the book.
- Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong
Part memoir, part cultural criticism, Minor Feelings by poet and essayist Cathy Park Hong is an examination of racial consciousness in America today. She writes about growing up the daughter of Korean immigrants, steeped in shame, suspicion, and melancholy—the “minor feelings” that occur when American optimism contradicts your own reality.
An anthology of art and literature by Southeast Asian women in the diaspora.
- On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
Poet Ocean Vuong’s debut novel about the love between a son and his single mother, who immigrated to the U.S. from Vietnam.
- Asian Americans on PBS
A five-hour film series that delivers a bold, fresh perspective on a history that matters today, more than ever. As America becomes more diverse, and more divided while facing unimaginable challenges, how do we move forward together? Told through intimate personal stories, the series will cast a new lens on U.S. history and the ongoing role that Asian Americans have played.
- American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs by director Grace Lee
A fantastic hour and a half documentary about Grace Lee Boggs. Guaranteed to leave you inspired.
- Yuri Kochiyama on The East is a Podcast
The Japanese-American activist on internment, radical activism, and her relationship with Malcom X