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Resources: Support for Asian community, anti-racism allyship in Raleigh and NC

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After the racist killing of eight people in Atlanta, six identified as Asian people and most of the victims women, more are becoming aware of the rise in anti-Asian violence and discrimination since the beginning of the pandemic. 

North Carolina Asian Americans Together said in a statement that more than 30 anti-Asian incidents were reported in NC in the last year. 

Asian people make up a larger part of the Wake County community than the U.S. or North Carolina at large, representing 7.7% of the community, according to 2019 Census estimates. More than 40% of Morrisville residents are Asian and more than 18% of Cary residents. 

As a local news + community resource that stands for anti-racism, we’re compiling some resources for support and anti-racist allyship for our neighbors. 

Know of more? Please email editor@raleighconvergence.com

Please note: While many of these resources are for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, the cultures and identities within these communities are incredibly diverse. This list is intended to serve as a starting point for anti-racist work and supporting AAPI communities. 

North Carolina, Raleigh + anti-racist resources

Updated March 20

North Carolina Asian Americans Together: NCAAT “is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization committed to supporting equity and justice for all by fostering community among Asian Americans and allies in North Carolina through civic engagement, leadership development, grassroots mobilization and political participation.” The group shares resources and hosts events.

  • NCAAT resource bank: The group is crowdsourcing resources for the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, which includes therapists, hotlines and forums.
  • NCAAT Bias Reporting Portal: A way for people to report incidences “involving anti-Asian hate, discrimination or bias in North Carolina” that would aid NCAAT in informing policy advocacy. The information would not be shared by NCAAT without permission, a spokesperson said.
  • Event: NCAAT Chat on Tuesday, March 23, at 12 p.m.: “In light of recent anti-Asian violence, NCAAT is holding space for Asian folks of all identities to be in community as we process our grief and other feelings coming up during this time. NCAAT Chats are a casual monthly space for you to meet other community members and discuss thoughts and experiences around the theme, offer support, share tips and resources, and strengthen our relationships with one another. This event is 18+. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to phian@ncaatogether.org. RSVP at ncaatogether.org/chat
  • Event: Youth Mental Health Talkspace on Wednesday, March 24, at 7 p.m.: “The Talkspace provides an open space to discuss topics related to mental health, ask questions, and learn about different practices that can help promote mental wellbeing. With all the hate we have been witnessing, centering our mental health is all the more important. We will be joined by Catie Beaulieu, a Pilipinx-American Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. Some potential discussion topics are practicing self-care, building community care, and navigating difficult times. This is a collaborative space — we welcome all youth ages 14-18 to bring in anything they would like to discuss or any questions they might have.” [RSVP]

Wake County Public Libraries resources: In the “Starting the Conversation” guide, there are resources for kids, teens, adults and parents. The guide says the “resources are provided to spark conversation, inspire critical thinking and self-reflection, and aid in the continuing education of our community on the subjects of race, equality, and social justice.” 

Bystander Intervention Training: Hollaback!, partnering with Asian Americans Advancing Justice, is offering free bystander intervention trainings to stop anti-Asian and xenophobic harrassment. A national resource. Register in advance. More: AAJA COVID-19 resources.

Carolina Asia Center: The UNC-Chapel Hill center shared resources in a statement: “To educate yourself about anti-Asian bias and how it has manifested over recent centuries and re-emerged in the past year, and to think about strategies of solidarity, you can follow the programming of the Carolina Asia Center and Asian American Center at UNC. In particular, it might be useful to re-visit our March 2020 seminar on “Yellow Peril and Anti-Asian Prejudice in the Shadow of Coronavirus” (see the video at this link), or to join our upcoming event in the series “Anti-Blackness and Alliance” on March 31.” 

Kiran: Kiran is a Triangle-based nonprofit that serves South Asian people throughout the state experiencing domestic violence. Learn more here.

Other local social accounts to follow sharing resources:

  • Food Instagram creator @betterwithju shared a list of Asian-owned restaurants [read]
  • Food Instagram creator @sujungchronicles shared a list of local Asian content creators she finds inspiring to follow [read]

Suggestions for the list or feedback? Send an email to editor@raleighconvergence.com.

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Sarah Day Owen Wiskirchen is the editor of Raleigh Convergence.

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