At Girls Write Now, we are alarmed and deeply disturbed by the recent racially-motivated attack in Georgia and incidents of harassment and violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders across the country. As ever, we are committed to challenging systemic racism and xenophobia, and standing in solidarity with our community as we process and heal through art and storytelling.
We strongly believe that when our young writers share their stories, they have the power to change minds, heal communities and impact the world. Check out mentee alum Winnie Kong’s newsletter, Politically Invisible Asians, a safe space for Asian Americans to share their experiences with the world, and read My Story by mentor Kiki Tom, who shares her personal experience with racism.
Here, we are also proud to share this moving piece by mentee Jessica Jiang, “How to be Asian American.”
How to Be Asian American
By Jessica Jiang
This is a video inspired by an excerpt from a memoir piece. I wanted to create it for the same reason anyone wants to be a writer—to tell a story. More specifically, I want to tell my story. But as the video blossoms into something magical, I realized that in telling my story, I am also telling the stories of many Asian Americans. This is how to be Asian American.
To our mentors, mentees and all those impacted within our community, we are here to support you and to work toward racial justice for all alongside you.
If you or a loved one has experienced harassment or violence, you can report it (anonymously or not) to the Asian American Federation through their online Anti-Asian Bias Reporting Form.
Self-Care Resources c/o Mental Health America
- Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA): dedicated to advancing the mental health and wellbeing of Asian American communities through research, professional practice, education, and policy
- Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum: focused on improving the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders
- National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association
Additional Self-Care and Safety Resources:
- Stay Safe from Hate
- For a chaperone in Chinatown, call or text Protect Chinatown at (646) 543-4055
- For a chaperone in Morgan L train stop and Chinatown (expanding to Harlem and Queens), visit SafeWalks
- “Self-Care Tips For Asian Americans Dealing With Racism Amid Coronavirus,” Huffington Post
- New York Coalition for Asian American Mental Health
- Asian Mental Health Collective
- Asians Do Therapy
- Mental Health Resources for Young People of Color: Resources compiled by Online Counseling Programs
- To join a citizens patrol group in Chinatown/Lower East Side, email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Apply to join a patrol group in Flushing’s Chinatown.
- Heart of Dinner: Volunteer-powered non-profit combating food insecurity and isolation within NYC’s elderly Asian American community. They deliver care packages of hot lunches and fresh produce every Wednesday, lovingly paired with a handwritten and illustrated letter in Chinese, Korean, or Japanese.
Information on Social Media:
- Asian American Feminist Collective: @aafc.nyc
- Fighting for equality: @angryasianfeminist
- Updates on #dopeasians in creative fields: @asianamericancollective
- Teen group raising awareness: @asianawarenessproject
- Account run by two teen girls sharing educational resources: @asians4antiracism
If you’d like to contribute to our continuing list of resources, please reach out to Richelle@girlswritenow.org.