For our friends following us on our social media accounts, this article is an updated version of our Resource Roundup, standing in solidarity with Black communities in the ongoing fight for racial justice. As a publication composed of non-Black people of color, we recognize that there are more qualified and more experienced voices contributing to the conversation - our goal is to platform those individuals, resources, organizations, etc.
We understand that it is not the responsibility of Black folks to educate us and those in our predominantly Japanese American community. With that in mind, we are continuing the work of becoming more informed - and in turn, using our platform to help our community stay informed - on the issues that have historically affected and continue to affect individuals within Black communities today.
This list is not comprehensive, but we hope it is a start in our readers’ research, dialogue, and participation. The resources listed address a variety of issues from a variety of perspectives for a variety of populations. Feel free to click through the different resources, bookmark them for later, or share them with your family and friends.
- Ways You Can Help - Black Lives Matter resource list with links to petitions, organizations, funds, etc.
- 10 Steps To Non-Optical Allyship - Article by Vogue UK reproducing writer Mireille Cassandra Harpers' Instagram compilation of ways to be an antiracist ally, avoiding performative activism
- 20+ Allyship Actions For Asians To Show Up For The Black Community Right Now - Article written by Michelle Kim (with both Korean and Japanese translations available)
- 30+ Ways Asians Perpetuate Anti-Black Racism Everyday - Follow up article written by Michelle Kim (with Japanese translation available)
- George Floyd And The Dominos Of Racial Injustice - Video from The Daily Show hosted by Trevor Noah
- [Your Kids Aren’t Too Young To Talk About Race: Resource Roundup](https://www.prettygooddesign.org/blog/Blog Post Title One-5new4) - List with links of how to engage kids and other young ones about race
- New York Times: An Antiracist Reading List - New York Times article written in 2019 by Ibram X. Kendi, author of How To Be Antiracist
- Life of Privilege Explained - Video of high school students participating in an activity revealing and explaining the concept of privilege
- The Illustrated Story Behind The Tulsa Massacre - The Atlantic's article/graphic detailing the 1921 Massacre of Black Wall Street
- History of Juneteenth - Website explaining the origins of Juneteenth, the official commemoration of the ending of slavery in 1865
- The history behind ‘Yellow Peril Supports Black Power’ and why some find it problematic - Article by our very own Taylor Weik for NBC Asian America
- When We All Vote - Nonpartisan nonprofit to increase participation in elections, providing resources to conveniently register to vote, check your registration status, and access resources for the upcoming election
- Voting Rights - Resource page by American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) detailing current issues around voting rights
- Resources to contact your government representatives:
- Find Your Governor
- Find Your Local Representative
- Find Your Senator
Those of us who have been using our downtime under quarantine to read books may also be seeking for recommendations to learn more. We've provided a brief list of books on anti-racism and how slavery has evolved in the United States over time, from neighborhood redlining to mass incarceration.
We've linked the titles to Bookshop, an online resource that supports local bookstores. In the spirit of continuing to support locally-owned bookstores during COVID-19, consider finding your local bookstore through Bookshop's map and giving them the full profit!
1. So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
2. How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
3. The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
4. The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
5. Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong
Okaeri 2023: A Beautiful and Transformative Conference
I was honored to be part of such a large gathering of queer and trans Nikkei. My feelings of shame were replaced with pride, as I heard Japanese Americans of different sexualities, genders, and generations share their stories.Read More >>