The resources included here provide strategies and tools for parents who wish to discuss racism, racial violence, and mass shootings with their children. We would also like to acknowledge that Asian American parents are forced to approach conversations about anti-Asian racism and violence much differently than parents outside of AAPI communities, as seen in Jane Park’s viral TikTok. We urge librarians to consider not only how the resources they provide can help parents facilitate conversations with their children, but also how librarians can offer direct support to Asian American parents.
This conversation between All Things Considered host Audie Cornish, author Nicole Chung, and neuroscientist Christine Koh includes concrete strategies for how to discuss anti-Asian racism with children.
Dr. Howard Stevenson, a clinical psychologist and professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, provides strategies for parents to teach their children so that they can “speak their mind — whether it’s to call out racism or apologize for saying something bigoted.”
This resource from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network offers tools for parents related to shooting events.