CALLING MY PEOPLE IN: RESOURCES FOR ASIAN AMERICANS

As Asian Americans rise up in solidarity with the Black Lives Matters movement, we also must confront and unlearn our own complicity to anti-Black racism. The time to act is now. My feelings and thoughts loudly echo those of Kim Miyoshi who spoke recently at a Japanese Americans for Justice solidarity event. She says:


"We are a people who have been oppressed. And we are a people who contribute to oppression. That is our power and privilege. And responsibility to fight. This is our moment of reckoning. We are a country built on 400 years of stolen land, by stolen people, with stolen labor, and stolen lives. And the dam of our hearts broke open — when George Floyd called out to his mama — right in front of our eyes. And now we see rage and pain burning in the streets every night. No WAR on BLACK BODIES! No more Covid-Dead in ICE. 

But we must stay open. For it is in our history of heart-breaks, we will find the ties that bind."

- Kim Miyoshi, Japanese Americans for Justice, June 9, 2020


Below is a list of websites and books and articles that have informed and inspired me as I have walked the journey of racial identity development as a person of mixed race Japanese descent.  This is not a complete list, but I hope will provide some good entry points to the dialogue and more importantly, to action.  Will you join me in doing this work?


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BOOKS, ARTICLES, WEBSITES:

Dismantling Racism - A great starting point for understanding systemic racism, systems of oppression and white supremacy culture. 

Asian American Racial Justice Toolkit - An excellent tool full of individual and group exercises and resources for Asian American identity work. 

Minor Feelings, by Cathy Park Hong  - An essential read for everyone. It is no understatement to say that this book changed my life. And is still changing it. 

CodeSwitch - 'Model Minority' Myth Again Used As A Racial Wedge Between Asians And Blacks

CodeSwitch - All Mixed Up: What do we call people of multiple backgrounds?

The bill of rights for multiracial people

from Root, M. (1996). A Bill of Rights for Racially Mixed People. In The Multiracial Experience: Racial Borders as the New Frontier (pp. 3–14). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 

ART & POETRY:

And this beautiful project on Hapa identity that moved me, personally, but which should be researched with a critical eye before purchasing the book. Food for thought for my mixed race, Asian/White friends. 

It Began With a Page, a gorgeously illustrated children's book about Gyo Fujikawa's life and career. 

DIRECT ACTION:

Tsuru for Solidarity - a nonviolent, direct action project of Japanese American social justice advocates working to end detention sites and support front-line immigrant and refugee communities that are being targeted by racist, inhumane immigration policies. 

Japanese Americans for Justice

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