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AAPI Equity works collaboratively with a broad range of stakeholders–including its more than 40 community-based organization members, government agencies, and businesses–to address the needs of AAPI communities. Its mission is to improve AAPI lives through civic engagement, capacity building, and policy advocacy. No other organization plays such a vital leadership role within the Los Angeles AAPI community. Its collaborative approach and intersectional lens on AAPI identities and experiences makes it the trusted, go-to organization in the region. AAPI Equity leverages its considerable expertise as well as that of its diverse partners to mobilize quickly in providing culturally and linguistically relevant direct services that meet immediate and basic needs. This has included provision of mental health, vaccination, and other critical services during the COVID-19 pandemic. As regional lead for the Stop the Hate initiative, AAPI Equity anchored two dozen partner organizations to provide support and services to victims of hate crimes and their families, including assessing the mental health effects of racial trauma. At the same time, AAPI Equity’s work with its partners lays the foundation for longer-term capacity building efforts and systemic change that will empower AAPI communities. AAPI Equity amplifies the voices of organizations and individuals in policy decisions concerning public health, immigration, civic engagement, redistricting, domestic violence and anti-racism/hate crimes. Together with its cofounded partner Stop AAPI Hate, AAPI Equity assumes a national leadership role in combatting anti-Asian racism. AAPI Equity brings a multiracial approach to this work in solidarity with organizations which serve other ethnic/pan-ethnic communities.
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Despite being the fastest growing ethnic group in the US, AAPIs remain glaringly under-represented in the public narrative—including and especially in publishing. Misrepresentation and under-representation have far-reaching implications for our community’s physical and mental health. Studies show that accurate and positive representation is essential to increasing self-esteem, cultural pride, and belonging. With only 4% of registered authors in the US today identifying as AAPI, it’s no surprise that generations of AAPIs have felt consistently overlooked in written works, resulting in 4 out of 5 AAPIs feeling like they don’t belong. Without a space for more AAPI writers, misconceptions about and negative treatment towards AAPIs will continue to persist . The lack of diverse representation is consistent on the other side of the table. AAPIs make up a mere 7% of publishing staff and only 5% of executive and editorial levels at publishing’s big four houses. This imbalance directly affects the number of books that are published by authors of color, making it extremely challenging for AAPI authors to secure book deals. For aspiring authors with limited to no bylines, this task can be near impossible. Stories have the power to build movements. The AAPI community deserves to have a publishing house that sees our stories as essential, not a trend—where AAPI writers, editors, and creatives can freely collaborate to reshape their narratives and empower others to do the same.
Slant’d is reimagining publishing to be more accessible, inclusive, and equitable for AAPIs everywhere. From the beginning, Slant’d has served as a creative place for AAPIs to explore their identity and build meaningful connections. With our new formation as a 501(c)(3), we are actively laying the foundation to transform Slant’d from a magazine to an AAPI publishing house for creative non-fiction, poetry, and children’s literature. Our uniquely inclusive editorial philosophy focuses on ideas, intent, and natural talent over achievements and accolades. We believe that everyone has a story worth sharing—and it’s no coincidence that most of our contributors got their start in writing at Slant’d. As a publishing house, we’ll continue to prioritize emerging AAPI writers and artists. We are proud to be the home of early bylines for incredibly talented AAPIs and hope that this expansion as a publishing house will provide our authors and artists with more resources to build a creative career and give back to the AAPI creative community. Led by an all-AAPI team, Slant’d will unapologetically uplift the AAPI community’s nuanced, multifaceted stories. We will continue to focus on amplifying stories that both highlight the unique experiences of our communities and capture universal messages and themes. Our beloved story development process centers the creative partnership between our authors, illustrators, editors, and designers , which ultimately enhances the impact of their stories. This co-creative dynamic is a drastic contrast from the opaque gatekeeping that is the status quo at traditional publishing houses. Our dream is for Slant’d to become the creative home for AAPIs to experience personal growth, creative expansion, and meaningful connection. With the publishing house at its core, we plan to launch supporting arts and culture programs that will provide additional opportunities for AAPIs to explore their creative dreams. Examples include: writing groups, literary prizes, artist residencies and fellowships, and a creative summer camp!