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Asians Are Strong
Asians Are Strong
Asians Are Strong
Asians Are Strong is a grassroots, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in San Francisco. Our mission is to empower and protect the Asian and Pacific Islander communities. As a completely volunteer-run organization, we are dedicated to fostering unity and solidarity within the AAPI community. One of our primary focuses is to provide safety resources, particularly for seniors, through in-language self-defense workshops. By equipping individuals with the knowledge and skills to protect themselves, we aim to enhance the safety and well-being of our community members. In addition to our safety initiatives, we host various community events that promote inclusivity and celebrate our heritage. Events such as Asian Women Are Strong, Our Heritage 5K fun-runs, and Community Cookouts serve as platforms for bringing the community together. Through these gatherings, we foster a sense of togetherness and promote unity among AAPI individuals. Furthermore, we incorporate educational elements into our events to empower and educate both our community and its allies. By sharing our rich culture and history, we strive to eliminate hate crimes and combat negative stereotypes against Asians. Our aim is to promote understanding, appreciation, and respect for the AAPI community while fostering a more inclusive society. Asians Are Strong is committed to its volunteer-driven efforts and works tirelessly to create a safer and more supportive environment for Asian and Pacific Islander individuals.
About the Organization:
$50,000 - $100,000
The rise in racial hate crimes targeting the AAPI community since 2020 is an alarming and deeply concerning trend. According to a report by the reputable Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, the year 2021 witnessed a staggering 339% increase in such hate crimes compared to the previous year. Disturbingly, cities like New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and others have surpassed their previous record numbers from 2020, highlighting the severity and urgency of the situation. Throughout 2021, numerous heinous attacks against elderly Asian Americans have garnered significant media attention. These incidents include the tragic case of an 84-year-old Thai American grandfather, Vicha Ratanapakdee, who was callously shoved to the ground and succumbed to his injuries in San Francisco. Equally distressing is the account of a 65-year-old Filipina American, Vilma Kari, in New York, who was brutally kicked and stomped upon while security guards shamefully stood by, failing to intervene. Furthermore, a 75-year-old grandmother named Xiao Zhen Xie, also in San Francisco, was forced to courageously fight back against her attacker. Additionally, the Atlanta Spa Shooting took place, claiming the lives of six Asian women. These incidents represent only a fraction of the attacks that occurred in 2021, as many others remain unreported or unnoticed by the media. Tragically, the pattern of racial hate crimes targeting the AAPI community has continued into 2022, with incidents such as the brutal assaults on Michelle Go, Christina Yuna Lee, and GuiYing Ma in New York City. These acts of violence have instilled fear and insecurity among the AAPI community, particularly among our elders and women. They no longer feel safe venturing outside their homes, burdened by the weight of these horrifying news stories. In the face of this escalating crisis, it is imperative that we unite as a collective voice, standing against the pervasive racial hatred and bigotry that plagues our society. We must rally together to protect and empower the AAPI community, ensuring that they have the necessary resources and support to rebuild their confidence and security.
Our solution to address the pressing issue of racial hate crimes targeting Asian seniors is centered around the development and launch of a digital, in-language self-defense training program specifically designed for Asian seniors/elders. Drawing upon the principles of Maslow's hierarchy of needs, we recognize that meeting the basic human needs of safety and security is essential for individuals to thrive, gain confidence, and foster a sense of belonging. With this understanding, our project aims to empower Asian seniors by providing them with the necessary tools to enhance their personal safety and fulfill their basic need for security. Currently, our organization actively engages with Asian seniors through in-person initiatives in local communities. However, to expand our reach and impact, we plan to digitize and publish our self-defense program online. By securing funding for this project, we can supercharge our mission of engaging and protecting vulnerable members of the Asian community. Language barriers have long marginalized Asian seniors, impeding their access to crucial resources. To address this challenge, our Self-Defense Training program will be translated into multiple languages, including Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, and Filipino (Tagalog), ensuring inclusivity and accessibility. Additionally, we will tailor the program to accommodate the physical limitations often faced by seniors. To ensure high-quality production and engagement, we will collaborate with visual media professionals for filming, editing, and production of our digital content. This guarantees polished, educational, and motivating materials that effectively engage our viewers. Recognizing the digital divide among senior Asian community members, we will actively address this issue. Partnering with established, national organizations like the YMCA, On Lok, and Self-Help for the Elderly, we will eliminate barriers by promoting and raising awareness of our Self-Defense Training Program. Furthermore, we will facilitate organized communication and access to our digitally-published content, ensuring that even those unfamiliar with the latest technology platforms can benefit. By implementing this comprehensive solution, we aim to empower Asian seniors, equip them with essential skills to enhance their personal safety, and rebuild their confidence.