Panethnic Pourovers

Panethnic Pourovers

We're a nonprofit community cafe library coming to Quincy, MA! Our mission is to provide our community with increased access to education, resources, & art that is reflective of underrepresented cultures and identities. We have a focus on the Asian-American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, but provide a safe space

Panethnic Pourovers

We're a nonprofit community cafe library coming to Quincy, MA! Our mission is to provide our community with increased access to education, resources, & art that is reflective of underrepresented cultures and identities. We have a focus on the Asian-American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, but provide a safe space for individuals of all backgrounds & identities to find safety and solace in. We work closely with other AAPI-owned small businesses to source as many of our cafe ingredients as possible, and we also use the beverages and snacks we serve as a delicious opportunity for community education and engagement. Our organization is Asian/queer/woman-led! We are super passionate about making an impact on our world. Every person involved has poured their heart, soul, money, and time into making this organization a reality, and we want to emphasize creating a safe space for the community. Our library program features books and resources that are free to the public, with an emphasis on AAPI-cultural and historical education. We aim to educate the community about the different environments and cultures that many marginalized groups were raised in, as well as feature underrepresented authors, artists, and educators. The first-generation American experience is a tough one to navigate, filled with obstacles and challenges that we hope to provide solutions for. We also hold weekly events/programs with similar themes. We just formed this year and have been moving quickly to create this space and programs for our community, with plans to open in August.

About the Organization:

We're a nonprofit community cafe library coming to Quincy, MA! Our mission is to provide our community with increased access to education, resources, & art that is reflective of underrepresented cultures and identities. We have a focus on the Asian-American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, but provide a safe space for individuals of all backgrounds & identities to find safety and solace in. We work closely with other AAPI-owned small businesses to source as many of our cafe ingredients as possible, and we also use the beverages and snacks we serve as a delicious opportunity for community education and engagement. Our organization is Asian/queer/woman-led! We are super passionate about making an impact on our world. Every person involved has poured their heart, soul, money, and time into making this organization a reality, and we want to emphasize creating a safe space for the community. Our library program features books and resources that are free to the public, with an emphasis on AAPI-cultural and historical education. We aim to educate the community about the different environments and cultures that many marginalized groups were raised in, as well as feature underrepresented authors, artists, and educators. The first-generation American experience is a tough one to navigate, filled with obstacles and challenges that we hope to provide solutions for. We also hold weekly events/programs with similar themes. We just formed this year and have been moving quickly to create this space and programs for our community, with plans to open in August.

organizational budget

$100,000 - $500,000

existence for

0-5 Years

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

Ohio

organizational budget

$100,000 - $500,000

existence for

0-5 Years

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

Ohio

The Issue:

There has been a 75% increase in Asian hate crimes nationwide since the emergence of COVID-19. It has become particularly bad in cities that are home to immigrants – within our local community, Quincy & the Greater Boston Area, Asian-American/Native-Hawaiian/Pacific Islander folk make up 33% of the population. We asked our volunteers how safe they think they are in the community and if their ethnicity had anything to do with their safety. None of our volunteers said they felt completely safe, and almost all of them felt that their ethnic background and identity made them a more likely target. Racial tensions have been rising in our community between white and AAPI folx. Some recent events include our community's recent rejection of recognizing Lunar New Year as a school holiday . Earlier this year, a UMass Boston student that several within our organization knew personally, Sayed Faisal, was shot and killed by a police officer - the officer in question had no consequences and was allowed to continue working. They claimed Sayed had a machete on him, when in reality they approached him holding a knife self-harming himself . Massachusetts had the 6th highest AAPI hate crime incidents in 2022, with 340 reported incidents; and 1 in 5 AAPI identifying-individuals have experienced a hate crime directly linked to their ethnic background. This being said, we have two big issues to address: 1. How can we make AAPI folk feel safe in the community? This is the first issue to address, as folks are reluctant to participate and to speak up when they don't feel safe. 2. How can we educate our community on AAPI culture, traditions, and history in an inviting way? We believe that many non-BIPOC folk have trouble understanding our narratives, traditions, and culture. Bigotry often stems from fear, and the unknown is something that is objectively scary. Our public education system does not recognize BIPOC history, or history told from the point of view of the oppressor. This has evidently contributed to what is happening here in Massachusetts, and the rise of Asian hate crimes .

The Solution:

We created an organization that addresses these issues through education, food, workshops, and more - we're a giant community building effort fostering inclusivity of AAPI and underrepresented folx. The space we are providing functions as a community space with an in-house cafe, library, food pantry, and workshop space. Our cafe provides a unique menu of Asian treats and beverages not commonly found elsewhere in our community. For example, we have a lack of Filipino cuisine since the population of FilAms is extremely small in MA; there is only 1 restaurant in the Greater Boston area that serves Filipino food, so puto muffins, pandesal, ube latte, and siopao are some of the food items we'll be providing. We have formed partnerships with multiple AAPI-owned businesses and try to source all of our partnerships with other organizations or businesses with similar values. Some of our partners include: Càphê Roasters in Philly (Vietnamese-owned), MEMTea in Cambridge (Asian-owned), Goldilocks (a Philippine-based bakery franchise), and several local AAPI vendors. This also allows us to support AAPI business owners, providing them with a steady cash flow as one of their weekly clientele, and we have formed amazing, very real and human relationships with our vendors. Our library provides the community with thousands of literature and resources vetted by experts in their field (with a focus on Asian-American history, Asian history, and multi-level books on progressive ideals such as feminism, civil rights, racial inequality, socialism, etc.). First-gens often avoid learning about their culture because we are forced to assimilate, so we're excited to provide a space where Asian-Americans can learn their native language without being judged. Additionally, sometimes bigotry is a result of lack of knowledge and unwillingness to let go of power. We are providing our resources for free in hopes that the entirety of the community will use them and it will help to educate the greater community going forward. We also advocate for an AAPI creator every month and sell their product(s) in the space through our AAPI Spotlight. We also have multiple workshops lined up in regards to mental health awareness, writing, and more.

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