The Nikkei Matsuri Foundation condemns the rise in racism, hate, and violence that AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) communities have experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. We grieve for the pain, fear, and loss of life in our communities–tragedies that we as AAPI are historically all too familiar with.
According to Stop AAPI Hate, “From March 2020 to February 2021, we received a total of 3,795 hate incident reports from individuals in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Our data offer proof of the size and scope of the tragedy that is anti-Asian racism and xenophobia in the United States.”
Founded and based in the heart of historic San Jose Japantown, the Nikkei Matsuri Foundation’s mission is “to perpetuate the Japanese American experiences, cultural customs, and traditions,” and we are deeply invested in the safety and well-being of all communities and stand against all forms of racism and discrimination.
We acknowledge that this list of AAPI resources* below is just a starting point, but we hope that it will help you to learn more and stand with our AAPI communities.
San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin - Buddhist Discussion on AAPI Hate - www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxZqFx0R13k
Japantown Prepared, San Jose - www.japantownprepared.wordpress.com
Richmond District Rising, San Francisco - Facebook - www.facebook.com/richmonddistrictrising
(RDR Walking Buddy/Escort Form)
United Peace Collaborative, San Francisco & San Jose - www.unitedpeacecollaborative.org
Compassion in Oakland - www.compassioninoakland.org
Report Hate Incidents
Training and Educational Resources
Hollaback! - www.ihollaback.org
Learning for Justice - How to Respond to Coronavirus Racism - www.learningforjustice.org/magazine/how-to-respond-to-coronavirus-racism
* Please note that these organizations and links are provided as resources, but are not sponsored by or associated with the Nikkei Matsuri Foundation.