May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and we want to take this time to shine a light on current issues facing disabled Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders . Unfortunately, the last year has shown an alarming rise in hate incidents inflicted upon Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders, fueled largely by disinformation regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic and a very long history of scapegoating for public health incidents. We stand proudly in solidarity with all Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders, and commit to continue working towards equity for all people with disabilities across all intersections.

We have gathered this selection of articles and resources in honor of AAPI Heritage Month:

Disability Visability Project: Created by activist & author Alice Wong in 2014, DVP is “an online community dedicated to creating, sharing and amplifying disability media & culture.” DVP publishes “original essays, reports, and blog posts about ableism, intersectionality, culture, media, and politics from the perspective of disabled people.” This article from 2014 provides a wonderful interview with & profile of Wong, revealing some of the inspiration behind the creation of DVP.

What It’s Like Being Disabled and Asian In America: An article from 2019 on HuffPost that discusses how the “pressure to conform to Western values, lifestyles and standards of success can be especially hard on disabled Asian Americans.”

The Model Minority Myth: To better understand current dialogues on disability for Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders, a knowledge of “The Model Minority Myth” is a must. This article from NBC News does a great job of explaining this myth and its role in how Asian Americans are often viewed.

Stop AAPI Hate: A reporting center & resource initiative launched in March 2020 by the Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council (A3PCON), Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), and the Asian American Studies Department of San Francisco State University, in response to the rise in hate incidents against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

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