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Welcome To Chinatown
March 30, 2021
Here’s How You Can Support NYC’s Asian Community Right Now
Donations, new initiatives, and more ways for you to support.

On Monday, March 29th, an unidentified man pushed to the ground, repeatedly attacked, and made racist, anti-Asian statements towards a 65-year-old Asian woman on 43rd Street in Midtown Manhattan. It happened in broad daylight, with people standing by.

This week’s attack is yet another example of hate crimes and violence towards New York’s (and the country’s) AAPI communities, which have been spiking recently and are part of a long history of discrimination against Asian Americans. Reports have found that these racist and xenophobic attacks have increased by 1,900 percent since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On March 16th, eight people were killed in a series of mass shootings at three massage parlors in Atlanta. Six of those people were Asian women. Recently in Queens, a 52-year-old Asian American woman was pushed to the ground outside of a bakery. On the subway in Manhattan, 51-year-old Noel Quintana was slashed in the face with a razor while on his way to work. In San Francisco, 84-year-old Vicha Ratanapakdee was murdered. And in Oakland’s Chinatown, a 91-year-old man was viciously shoved to the ground.

Back in February, the mayor introduced a new NYPD Asian Hate Crime Task Force to specifically monitor hate crime reports and investigations. The group speaks 11 different languages and is made up of officers who come from Asian communities within NYC.

Beyond police intervention, a group of NYC restaurants launched a fundraiser called Enough Is Enough on the first day of Lunar New Year back in February as a way to affect change. Through this campaign, Junzi Kitchen, Saigon Social, Fish Cheeks, Nowon, Di an Di, and more, are spreading awareness about these violent attacks and raising money to provide free meals to underserved communities during these tough times. In partnership with Kitchen Rodeo, they also offered access to a virtual cooking class to all of their campaign donors.

Since launching, Enough Is Enough’s fundraising campaign has tripled its original $25K goal, announcing that they are now donating the additional funds to other non-profit organizations helping Asian, South Asian, and Pacific Islander communities. You can find some of those organizations below.

Donate

NYC-Based Organizations Supporting Asian, South Asian, and Pacific Islander Communities (That Accept Donations):

  • Heart of Dinner: Delivers care packages to Asian elders in NYC.

  • Mekong: Improves the quality of life of the Southeast Asian community in the Bronx and throughout New York City by achieving equity through community organizing and healing, promoting arts, culture, and language, and creating a safety net by improving access to essential social services.

  • Send Chinatown Love: This crowdfunding platform donates 100% of its proceeds to cash-only, Asian-owned small businesses that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

  • Think! Chinatown: Amplifies the voices of Manhattan’s Chinatown residents and business owners, and advocates for equitable policies and programs on their behalf.

  • Welcome to Chinatown: This grassroots initiative developed to support Chinatown businesses and amplify community voices that generates much needed momentum for the preservation of one of New York City’s most vibrant neighborhoods.

Georgia-Based & National Organizations Supporting Asian, South Asian, and Pacific Islander Communities (That Accept Donations)

  • Red Canary Song This international organizing group works with Asian and other migrant sex workers on labor rights and mutual aid. In addition to fighting for labor rights, they seek to abolish police raids and the deportation and criminalization of sex workers.

  • National Asian Pacific American Women’s Foundation, Atlanta Chapter NAPAWF advocates for the movement for social, political, and structural change for Asian American and Pacific Islander women and girls, by fighting for reproductive and immigrant rights, closing the wage gap, and more.

  • You can find more national organizations to donate to here.

Become A Walking Chaperone Or Complete Bystander Prevention Training

  • Check out Protect Chinatown’s new walking chaperone initiative and volunteer to accompany anyone who feels unsafe walking around Flushing, Sunset Park, or Manhattan’s Chinatown. You have to be at least 18-years-old to participate, and you can find all the details here.

  • Report any hate crimes you might witness to Stop AAPI Hate using this link. Stop AAPI Hate also has an extensive resource list of safety tips for those experiencing or witnessing hate.

  • The city’s Commission On Human Rights is hosting free bystander intervention trainings online in Mandarin over the next several weeks. Learn more and sign up here.

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