While we would love to say that libraries have always supported people of all races, backgrounds, genders and sexualities, we know that is not the case. Libraries have historically been a place of exclusion for the AAPI community. Through limited resources about AAPI culture, often incorrect or stereotyped information, lack of equitable access, and the awful treatment of international students at their own colleges/universities, it is clear that we still have so much work still yet to do. This work is also urgent, as the lives of Asian Americans are being murdered because of the misinformation and stereotypes we allow to perpetuate. This is our Call to Action, this is us acknowledging the work to do but also committing to start this work today.
So now, after you have a moment to read through these resources and take time to educate yourself, it’s time to think about how you will take action. We have some ways that you can take action in your library but we also urge you to be specific to what your community needs.