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Resource Hub Launches to Combat Anti-Asian Hate

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In a landmark initiative, the Asian Americans Advancing Justice Southern California (AJSOCAL) and Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC, in partnership with Microsoft, unveiled the Asian Resource Hub. This pioneering digital resource addresses the surge of anti-Asian hatred through comprehensive data analysis and offers a national directory of culturally competent services.

According to a recent poll conducted by AAPI Data and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, 15% of Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) specifically report having been victims of hate crimes. Additionally, half of the respondents, totaling 51%, express the belief that racism is an “extremely” or “very serious” issue in the United States.

In the past year, 23% of AAPI individuals report experiencing verbal harassment or abuse, while 22% have been subjected to racial or ethnic slurs. Approximately 1 in 10 respondents state they have faced physical assault or threats. Furthermore, about one-third of AAPI respondents reveal encountering discrimination due to their race or ethnicity in job applications. In contrast, the FBI’s recent hate crime report indicates a 7% overall increase, although anti-Asian incidents in 2022 decreased by 33% compared to 2021.

Connie Chung Joe, CEO of AJSOCAL, emphasizes the hub’s vital role in providing AAPIs with accessible resources amidst ongoing discrimination, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Asian Resource Hub, available at asianresourcehub.org, is multilingual, currently supporting Chinese (Traditional & Simplified), Korean, and Vietnamese.

“The Asian Resource Hub is a direct response to the ongoing discrimination against our community during, and because of, the COVID-19 pandemic. There is a crucial need for AAPIs to find vetted, language-accessible, and culturally competent resources when and where help is needed. The impact of hatred and discrimination is too often devastating and complex, ” Chung said.

John C. Yang, President of Advancing Justice – AAJC, underscores the hub’s mission to fill gaps in data on hate incidents and empower the AAPI community.

“There’s a profound absence of quality data reflecting the hate incidents and experiences endured. With the Asian Resource Hub, our goal is clear: to fill these gaps and provide awareness and data that empower the AAPI community to confront and overcome these challenges. We are grateful to our partner Microsoft for bringing their expertise to this pressing need,” Yang said.

Partnering with Microsoft, the hub leverages technology to provide insights and awareness, as Merisa Heu-Weller, General Manager, of Technology for Fundamental Rights at Microsoft, acknowledges.

“By understanding and analyzing data we can provide insights for community members to better

understand what is happening in the neighborhoods where they live, work, and play. By working together to create The Asian Resource Hub, Microsoft, AJSOCAL, and Advancing Justice – AAJC are providing communities with that clarity through a data dashboard, supportive collateral, and a national directory to help fight against Asian incidents,” Heu-Weller said.

The Asian Resource Hub employs a data dashboard powered by Microsoft’s PowerBI, drawing from various sources, including StopAAPIHate.org, StandAgainstHatred.org, U.S. Census Bureau, FBI reports, and more. The platform illustrates the scope of anti-Asian discrimination, from pre-COVID-19 to the present, aiming to raise awareness and understanding.

Notably, the hub features a searchable national directory with 60+ vetted AAPI community-based organizations across 21 states. These organizations offer low/no-cost and culturally competent services, including legal assistance, social services, and civic engagement opportunities. The Asian Resource Hub stands as a crucial tool in the fight against anti-Asian incidents, promoting unity and support within these communities.

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