Action Steps for Right Now

Feel the need to do more but not sure what you can do right now? Below are resources providing ideas that you can implement right away in your work and life as an ally for the AAPI community. 

1. How to Respond to Coronavirus Racism


This article by Learning For Justice addresses how Asian communities have been targets of racism because of the Coronavirus pandemic. The article addresses how to respond to Coronavirus  racism using the strategy of Interrupt, Question, Educate and Echo. The methods described in the article can be employed anywhere, including in classrooms. 

2. Addressing Anti-Asian Racism with Students

Article (Interview), Video

In April 2020, the Asian Pacific American centered interview Liz Kleinrock about the impact of anti-Asian racism on students. Kleinrock, an anti-bias educator and consultant based in Los Angeles, discusses the impact addressing or ignoring anti-Asian racism in classrooms and communities can affect student learning. The interview and accompanying Ted Talk can be used as the starting point for discussions of anti-racism in schools and how to be anti-racist in school. 

3. Interrupting Bias: Calling Out vs. Calling In


A practical resource for instructors to use in the classroom (and to share with their students) to encourage an anti-racist classroom.  It explains the differences between calling out and calling in and when to use each method.  

4. Your Guide to Bystander Intervention


A guide for bystander intervention. It covers why to intervene, how people experience public spaces differently, and why people aren’t quick to step up, among other related topics.

5. Stop AAPI Hate


Stop AAPI Hate is a reporting center for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S. that launched on March 19, 2021, in response to the “alarming escalation in xenophobia and bigotry resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.” Resources are offered in twelve languages, including Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Tagalog. Resources include reports, safety tips, and a guide to understanding one’s right to be treated fairly.