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The Asian American Foundation wants a future where all Asian American and Pacific Islanders are accepted, protected, and celebrated. TAAF invests in anti-hate, education, and data.  We incubate an anti-AAPI hate data group, and convene communities to build the infrastructure for influence and prosperity of AAPI communities in America.

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Narrative Change

Narrative Change

See Us Unite for Change

Through music and comedy performances, short film packages and speakers, “See Us Unite for Change” aims to inspire and educate viewers about the AAPI community’s impact on the United States and how to support on-the-ground efforts building solidarity against hate.

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“This event comes at an important time for our AAPI community, as we unite with our allies to celebrate the breadth and diversity of the Asian American experience. There is more work to be done in raising awareness of the contributions of our AAPI community and we’re honored to have the support of our partners as we work to build solidarity in service of a more equal and just society in America.”

Sheila Lirio Marcelo
Executive Producer, TAAF Board Member, Founder of Care.com

Narrative Change

Stop the Hatred

Rappers MC Jin and Wyclef Jean come together to raise awareness of AAPI hate crimes in solidarity amongst all communities.

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"After witnessing the uptick of heinous hate crimes against the AAPI community, I wanted to use my artistry to express some of my own sentiments and raise awareness to these issues. To be able to reconnect with the iconic Wyclef Jean for this song is not only special for me on a personal level, but also symbolizes the importance of solidarity amongst all communities during these times. The song title was actually inspired by my 8-year-old son, Chance, who boldly shouted Stop the hatred" into a crowd of thousands at a Stop Asian Hate rally in New York City.”

MC Jin
Rapper and songwriter

anti-hate & belonging

Anti-Hate & Belonging

AAPI Action Centers

To address anti-AAPI hate within our communities, TAAF is piloting AAPI Action Centers led by on-the-ground organizations that will serve as hubs for addressing hate in Chicago, Oakland, and New York.

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“At CASL, we are committed to dismantling anti-AAPI hate and sentiment through real solutions for our communities. We’re grateful for TAAF and our Chicago-area partners, who understand the importance of anti-hate, education, and data and research, and share our desire to realize a future in which our communities are treated with understanding, dignity, and respect.”

Paul Luu
CEO, Chinese American Service League
Anti-Hate & Belonging

AAPI Emergency Relief Fund

The AAPI Emergency Relief Fund, seeded by TAAF in partnership with GoFundMe, provides direct support to AAPI survivors or the families of AAPI victims impacted by a hate-motivated or violent crime.

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education

Education

Teaching Equitable Asian American Community History (TEAACH) Act

The passing of the historic TEAACH act brings Asian American history into school curricula, starting with Illinois.

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"We are setting a new standard for what it means to truly reckon with our history. It's a new standard that helps us understand one another, and, ultimately, to move ourselves closer to the nation of our ideals."

Governor J.B. Pritzker
State of Illinois
Education

The Asian American Education Project

Partnering with UCLA's Department of Asian American Studies and Stanford University’s Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE), the Asian American Education Project provides deep and broad K-12 curricular lessons based upon the book Untold Civil Rights Stories and the stories from PBS’s successful “Asian Americans” TV series - for teachers and school districts to teach Asian American and Pacific Islander history as an important part of American history.

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"Learning about Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) history, struggle and contribution is critical to understanding who we are today and where we're going as a nation. TAAF's support allows the The Asian American Education Project to bring AAPI history up to the current wave of violence to more students and to advocate for including ethnic studies of all types, including Asian American Studies, in every student's required curriculum."

Patricia and Stewart Kwoh
Co-Founders and Co-Executive Directors, AAEdu

Data & research

Data & Research

NAPAWF State of Safety Study

Pivotal NAPAWF survey collects national data on harassment, hate, and discrimination experienced by AAPI women.

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"AAPI women have long endured misogyny and racism for centuries and these findings show how this history continues to bleed into our grim present. We look forward to continuing our work with the President and other elected officials to address its disproportionate impact on Asian American and Pacific Islander women."

Sung Yeon Choimorrow
Executive Director, NAPAWF
Data & Research

Decoding Hate

Decoding Hate is an interactive data visualization on the lived experience of anti-Asian hate, based on a dataset of hate incidents found on tweets and news reports from January 2020 to April 2021.

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“You can’t fight what you can’t measure, which is why efforts to track hate are so critical. We hope Decoding Hate makes the anti-AAPI hate incidents reported in the news and on Twitter more real and gives us greater insight into the landscape of hate targeting AAPIs. Going forward, we’re excited to work together with other leading partners as part of TAAF's Anti-Hate Data Working Group,  to strengthen our collective efforts and ensure the fight against hate is informed by sound data and research.”

Jerry Yang
Board Member, TAAF