Resources on AAPI History, Anti-Asian Violence, and Solidarity

I (Tamisha Williams) created this document to bring together resources that I am learning from and will continue to learn from as I acknowledge my lack of and limited knowledge about Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) history, prominent figures, and lived experiences.

This is not a comprehensive list (and I’ll keep adding to it). I love that each of these resources connects you to several others. It’s a starting point and a resource to return to overtime.

Table of Contents

Resources on AAPI History, Anti-Asian Violence, and Solidarity

Table of Contents

Educate Yourself

The Myth of the “Model Minority”

Bystander Intervention Training/ Allyship

Resources for Educators and Caregivers


A special shout out to Liz Kleinrock who posted the image below (image description in the Alt Text) on Instagram. I answered them and my gap of knowledge and awareness was immediately apparent. Answer these questions for yourself. Apply these questions to other areas of learning. Know better, then do better. And remember, do this work in Community. As you learn, share your reflections and these resources with others.

“Our liberation is bound together.” - Lilla Watson

1. I know the difference between the terms "Asian" and "Asian American" (yes/no/maybe). If you answered "yes", please explain.
2. I am knowledgeable about Asian American history. (1-5 strongly disagree - strongly agree)
3. I know of and can name at least three Asian Americans, either from history or the present day. (yes/no/maybe)
4. What do you think you know about Asian American history, identities, or experiences?
5. What questions do you have about Asian American history, identities, or experiences?
Teach and Transform

Shared from Liz’s Instagram account (teachandtransform): 

“There are a LOT of schools out there who think they’ve got the diversity/multiculturalism thing down. But have y’all actually asked students what they know or don’t know when it comes to Asian and Asian American history and identities? Have you asked them what they’re curious about?

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I was not terribly surprised as I collected this data from my extremely diverse group of 6th graders. This is the uncomfortable part of ABAR work. But we can’t fix what we don’t know is broken, and we can’t fix what we can’t name.

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For educators, ask yourself these questions before you ask your students. If you work at a data driven school, USE the data you collect from these questions to push your community to fill in the places you know are missing.

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Remember: You can’t diversity your way out of racism. Being antiracist means to root this work in ACTION, not just label yourself an ally. Confront issues head on, embrace discomfort, and do better once you know better.”

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Educate Yourself

We Are Not a Stereotype: Breaking down Asian Pacific American Bias

A resource website created by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center that includes a video series for classroom teachers and caregivers who teach, by educators. On the site you’ll find, “educational videos and resources about migration, occupation, racial and gender identities, cross-community building, and how to support student learning on these topics.”

31+ Days Challenge to Celebrate and Educate Asian American Pacific Islander American (AAPI) Heritage

Created by Marilyn Yu, this resource provides resources for participants to explore AAPI history, celebrate accomplishments, and listen to stories to gain perspective. Marilyn sees this resource as a mere snapshot of what we can learn and celebrate.

Anti-Asian Violence Resources

This document categorizes and links you to resources on anti-Asian violence; statistics and education about anti-Asian violence, resources for allyship, and mental health resources.

Resources from Liz Kleinrock, an “ABAR educator in progress”

Resources from @fit-pham on Instagram

The Myth of the “Model Minority”

(article) What Is the Model Minority Myth? via Learning for Justice

This article breaks down the model minority myth and its negative impact. It also speaks to ways to dismantle the myth

(online exhibition) Debunking the Model Minority Myth via USC Pacific Asia Museum

USC Pacific Asia Museum has partnered with the USC Asian Pacific American Student Assembly (APASA), to collect stories from Asian and Pacific American students that deal with this stereotype everyday. Below are individual stories, told anonymously, to help debunk, the model minority myth.

(article) ‘Model Minority’ Myth Again Used As A Racial Wedge Between Asians and Blacks via NPR

Bystander Intervention Training/ Allyship

Bystander Intervention Training to stop Anti-Asian/American and xenophobia harassment

Hollaback! is a global, people-powered movement to end harassment — in all its forms. They provide free and customized trainings across a number of topics including: bystander intervention and how to respond to harassment. Beyond trainings, resources and guidebooks are also available on their site.

(article) How to be an ally: What you can do as a bystander to race-based harassment or violence

(article) What you can do to fight violence and racism against Asian Americans via PBS

Resources for Educators and Caregivers

(article) How Do I Talk to My Asian American Kids About the Violence Against Our Communities?: I’m just so angry and I don’t know where to begin

Slate’s parenting advice column, Caring and Feeding, answers a parent’s questions on how to discuss recent incidents with their children.

Asian American K-12 Resources

Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen created this padlet resource for the APALA & ALA ODLOS webinar “Confronting Xenophobia and Supporting Asian and Asian/Pacific American Communities during COVID-19” (Sarah Park Dahlen and Erika Lee, May 1, 2020) primarily to help librarians, educators, and caregivers understand Asian America, anti-Asian racism, bullying, and COVID-19. Dr. Dahlen also includes resources regarding Asian American children's literature, the need for ethnic studies in K-12 and higher education, the Atlanta shootings, and other relevant topics.

Violence Against Asian Americans: How Do We Support the Children?

This is an hour-long webinar hosted by Embrace Race: Talking Race and Kids (online conversations). The guest speakers are Dr. Anatasia Kim, professor and cognitive-behavioral therapist to children and families at the Wright Institute, and Manjusha P. Kulkarni, Executive Director of the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council. The transcript will be posted. Other resources are linked on this landing page.

How to Discuss the Anti-Asian Hate Crimes with Kids

An Instagram post by Gahmya Drummond-Bey, @evolvedteacher on Instagram, discusses how to use the C.A.R.E. method to discuss anti-Asian hate and violence with little ones. C.A.R.E. stands for consider, acknowledge, remind, and empower.

Our Skin: A First Conversation About Race

Written by Megan Madison and Jessica Ralli, illustrated by Isabel Roxas, this board book for young children is a good starting point for discussing skin color, the origins of race, and some of the ways that racism shows up around us in big and small ways. The book has an accompanying website with resources to keep the conversation going.

(podcast) Talking with Kids About Anti-Asian Racism via NPR Life Kit

This document was last updated on Sunday, April 11, 2021 by Tamisha Williams.