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?
Start your reading/listening here and then sign up for personal or small group coaching. Don't walk this road alone. Details here!