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As the U.S. continues its battle against COVID-19, it is also battling a rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans. In a new report, the nonprofit organization Stop AAPI Hate reported over 6,600 hate incidents over the past year—an increase of 2,800 from the year before. One Detroit has been covering the responses and stories of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community in Southeast Michigan—you can find more of our local coverage below as well as links to resources both local and national.
- Virtual Town Hall | How We Got Here: The Asian American Experience in Metro Detroit
- PBS Resources: Violence Against Asian Americans
- Asian Americans: The Detroit Story Panel Discussion
- Asian Americans Documentary
- Asian American community battles surge in hate crimes stirred from COVID-19
- AAPI Stories: There’s trust
- AAPI Stories: I’d never been listened to as deeply
Examining Michigan’s AAPI Community: A roundtable on the issues, activism and legislative developments
Michigan’s AAPI community finds itself at the forefront of advocating for change, with potential new state legislation, efforts to include AAPI history in public schools, and an outpouring of advocacy and activism shaping the present-day Asian American narrative. One Detroit Senior Producer Bill Kubota leads a roundtable discuss the issues.
2023 Detroit Free Press Film Festival features AAPI film series, Freep-produced documentary
Two Freep Film Festival filmmakers, Suzanne Joe Kai, director of “Like a Rolling Stone: The Life and Times of Ben Fong-Torres,” and “Coldwater Kitchen” co-director Brian Kaufman, talk about the creative process behind each of their documentaries.
Metro Detroit Asian American community holds local vigil for Monterey Park, Half Moon Bay victims
Michigan’s AAPI community gathered in Madison Heights to hold a local vigil for the Monterey Park and Half Moon Bay mass shooting victims and those in the community affected by the tragedy.
‘Bad Axe’ film hits the big screen to tell an Asian-Mexican American family’s story in rural Michigan
Following the breakout success of “Bad Axe,” a documentary about an Asian-Mexican American family navigating COVID and racial tensions in Bad Axe, Michigan, director David Siev and his family talk about the creation of the film and its premiere in theaters across America.
IS/LAND Premieres ‘Invisible Embrace’ Inspired by Japanese Internment Camp Survivors’ Stories
An archive of oral history interviews with Japanese internment camp survivors has inspired Detroit Asian American artists collective IS/LAND to create “Invisible Embrace,” a performance that provides audiences a space and experience to share, learn and reflect on the experiences of Japanese internment camp survivors. One Detroit Arts & Culture producer Sarah Smith talks with IS/LAND’s Amber Kao.
PBS NewsHour | 40 Years After Vincent Chin’s Death, Activists Work to Keep Legacy From Fading
Forty years after Chinese American draftsman Vincent Chin was brutally murdered outside a nightclub in Highland Park in 1982, activists from Detroit and across the nation continue to work to keep Chin’s legacy from fading in the midst of new waves of anti-Asian hate seen today.
Understanding the Differences between Hate Incidents and Hate Crimes:
Hate Incident=Hate Speech but no damage to person or property
Call Michigan Department of Civil Rights
MDCR counts incidents: 800-482-3604
Hate Crime=Hate Speech with damage to person or property
Get to a safe place
Call local police; file a report
FBI 800-CALL FBI
AG Hate Crimes Hotline 313-456-0180
Local Asian American Organizations:
Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission MAPAAC@michigan.gov
American Citizens for Justice
Council of Asian Pacific Americans firstname.lastname@example.org
Association of Chinese Americans 313-831-1790
Japanese American Citizens League-Detroit email@example.com
Korean American Community Detroit 248-945-9044
Philippine American Community Center 248-443-703
Rising Voices of Asian American Families
COVID-19 Mental Health Resources:
Asian American Psychological Association
Yellow Chair Collective
Resources for Teachers, Parents and Students:
Lee & Low Books (multicultural publisher with APA collection)
MI Reads: Multicultural Book List
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down