Since the beginning of the pandemic, hate crimes and other acts of violence against East and Southeast Asian (ESEA) communities have been spiking across the country. Recently in San Francisco, 84-year-old Vicha Ratanapakdee was murdered. And in Oakland’s Chinatown, a 91-year-old man was viciously shoved to the ground. On the subway in Manhattan, 51-year-old Noel Quintana was randomly slashed in the face with a razor while on his way to work. In Oregon, 9 Asian-owned businesses have had their windows smashed in the last two weeks alone. Reports have found that they’ve increased 1,900% since March 2020. If you’re struggling to find ways to help, here are some LA-based resources:
If you’re interested in local organizations that could use some financial support right now, check out these groups:
Other Ways You Can Help:
Order a meal from Mama Los Angeles. This restaurant pop-up/charity initiative/delivery platform is currently doing a meal match program, where for every meal you buy from one of their featured restaurants, they donate one to feed seniors in Chinatown.
Continue to support Asian-owned restaurants by either ordering takeout or dining outside. Specific guides to use include: 6 Lunar New Year Specials In LA, The Chinatown Takeout & Delivery Guide, The Koreatown Takeout & Delivery Guide, The Best Places To Eat In The San Gabriel Valley, The Best Restaurants In Little Saigon, and Where To Get Chinese Delivery & Takeout In LA
Buy one of these Jennet Liaw designed t-shirts from Asian American Girl Club. All of the proceeds go to Apex For Youth, an NYC-based non-profit that connects volunteers with underserved Asian and immigrant youth.
Report an incident here.