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Vietnamese American Manicurists Severely Impacted by COVID Health Orders

BY MAI NGUYEN DO & CHRIS PHAN

In March 2020, various state governors ordered a number of businesses to cease operations to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Although businesses and workers across industries have been negatively impacted by the pandemic, some industries largely consist of  struggling,  vulnerable workers, and the challenges of navigating the pandemic are particularly acute in these industries

Beyond Surveys: What Voter Data Reveals About Asian American Preferences

BY SARA SADHWANI

California’s 39th district incorporates portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Orange Counties and is home to a large and growing Asian American and Pacific Islander community – 33 percent of district residents are AAPI according to the American Community Survey. In 2016, Asian Americans comprised 15 percent of voters who cast a ballot. In …

#GiveInMay Spotlight: Filipino Advocates for Justice

BY CHRIS PHAN, APIAVOTE

For more than 40 years, Filipino Advocates for Justice (FAJ) has been an advocate for immigrant, worker and civil rights in the East Bay. It was originally established in 1973 by students and community members in the East Bay. However, over its long organizational history, FAJ hasn’t just stayed to this mission alone — it has

#GiveInMay Spotlight: The SEAD Project

BY MAI NGUYEN DO

Excerpt from The SEAD Project’s statement on the murder of George Floyd: “As an organization based in North Minneapolis working with our Southeast Asian diaspora, we know the historical trauma and social oppression that’s used as a divisive tool between our marginalized communities. We need self-reflection, course correction, and internal healing in order to understand how

#GiveInMay Spotlight: National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse

BY CHRIS PHAN, APIAVOTE

How do you work in local communities as a national organization? How do you navigate when and where your support is needed? National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse (NAPAFASA) is a national organization that is nearly 30 years old, and throughout their 30 years, they’ve addressed substance use in multiple cities and states, and

#GiveInMay Spotlight: Asian Services in Action

BY CHRIS PHAN, APIAVOTE

Asian Services in Action (ASIA) was founded in late 1995 in Ohio when a handful of social and healthcare workers noticed the enormous gaps between newly arrived immigrant and refugee communities and their challenges in integrating in the United States. ASIA first began as an after-school program to assist with cultural integration, led by social workers,

#GiveInMay Spotlight: Alliance of Rhode Island Southeast Asians for Education (ARISE)

BY CHRIS PHAN, APIAVOTE

“ARISE has affected me extremely positively when it comes to my growth both work wise and internally. Through ARISE I have learned how to be more open minded, was taught that my voice holds as much power as anyone else, and recognized that my compassion and empathy for others is not a weakness.”

Symone Burrell, ARISE