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
A fourteen-year-old Chinese girl came to America 190 years ago – said to be the first female Chinese immigrant to set foot here during the 1800s. Now a play, “The Chinese Lady” at the Tipping Point Theatre through March 3, recounts the remarkable life of Afong Moy and her Chinese servant Atung. One Detroit’s Bill Kubota visits a dress rehearsal of the show and talks with the cast.
Jollibee, the renowned Filipino fast-food chain, has expanded to Michigan. Known for their fried chicken, peach mango pie, and Filipino-style spaghetti, the new development brings Jollibee’s menu to Sterling Heights. Contributor Daijah Moss visits the new location to hear from Jollibee employees and customers about what the new location means to the community.
From engineering to running an Asian American bakery, Rachel Liu Martindale set to open Q Bakehouse and Market
Former engineer turned baker Rachel Liu Martindale shares what propelled her to quit her corporate job to become an entrepreneur and how she’s navigated the challenges of building a business. Plus, she shares the cultural importance and meaning behind the name of her new bakery, Q Bakehouse and Market, opening in early 2024.
The Detroit Historical Museum unveils a new exhibit, “Detroit’s Chinatowns,” which explores the 150-year journey of the city’s Chinese community. The exhibit chronicles the immigrant experience from Ah-Chee’s arrival in 1872 to the vibrant businesses and communal life that characterized the 1970s and 80s. Contributor Chien-An Yuan has the story.
Korean American artist Dominic Pangborn digs out forgotten, unseen works for final exhibit ‘Uncrated’
Korean American artist Dominic Pangborn has unveiled his final exhibit “Uncrated: A Final Retrospective” at the Ella Sharp Museum in Jackson, Michigan. The exhibit showcases some of Pangborn’s forgotten and unseen works, offering patrons a glimpse into the artist’s four-decade career. One Detroit’s Bill Kubota has the story.
In the heart of Detroit’s bygone Chinatown, a vibrant oasis once thrived and diverse patrons, from celebrities to everyday families, shared more than just meals at Chung’s restaurant. Curtis Chin, a Detroit native, author and activist, takes readers on an evocative journey through his upbringing in Detroit’s former Chinatown in his book, “Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant.”
Understanding the Differences between Hate Incidents and Hate Crimes:
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 email@example.com
Association of Chinese Americans 313-831-1790
Japanese American Citizens League-Detroit firstname.lastname@example.org
Korean American Community Detroit 248-945-9044
Philippine American Community Center 248-443-703
Rising Voices of Asian American Families