“We are recognizing AAPI Heritage Month this year by honoring the members of our community who have fought against racism and discrimination of all kinds,” said Manjusha Kulkarni, co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate and executive director of AAPI Equity Alliance. “That includes those who report their experiences with hate to our website, enabling us to advocate for real solutions.”
“My reaction was shocked, not surprised,” said Plata, who explained that civic outreach to AAPI communities has been historically low.
We now are increasing our interactions, perhaps at the dry cleaner when we pick up coffee, or a donut or a bagel… all those different places, unfortunately, have potential opportunities for hate and for things like refusal of service or verbal harassment,” Kulkarni tells CNBC Make It. “And I think that’s part of why a lot of employees can be wary about going back to work.”
Manjusha Kulkarni, our Executive Director and Co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate, discusses anti-Asian discrimination and the future of the movement. She speaks with Shery Ahn and Haidi Stroud-Watts on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Asia".
As part of its second-year pledge to the AAPI Giving Challenge, East West will donate upwards of $6 million to key nonprofits and initiatives supporting the AAPI movement for inclusion, equality, and justice.
"When we did a report with the Asian American Psychologist Association, we found that in fact individuals in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community are more worried about the hate that they're experiencing than... COVID-19" —Manjusha P. Kulkarni
In a turbulent year, as the U.S. has seen a surge in racist, anti-Asian attacks—from terrifying assaults on senior citizens to the tragic mass shooting in Atlanta—no coalition has been more impactful in raising awareness of this violence than Stop AAPI Hate. Since its start, the organization has logged more than 9,000 anti-Asian acts of hate, harassment, discrimination and assault across the country.
To counter the surge in discrimination against Asian Americans, Kaiser Permanente has joined with Asian Americans Advancing Justice — AAJC (Advancing Justice—AAJC) to establish the Stop Anti-Asian Hate and Violence Initiative.
Leaders of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus are asking colleagues to speak responsibly about U.S.-China relations amid concern that the escalating geopolitical rivalry is contributing to anti-Asian sentiment and a spike in hate incidents in the United States.