Anti-Asian Racism Toolkit for Chicago Educators

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Who this document is for

This doc is geared towards those working in schools, organizations, and groups who serve APIDA youth. In the pages that follow, we offer recommendations on how to talk about anti-Asian hate with young people and how to support APIDA youth. 

Please note that the work each of us should engage in looks differently depending on our proximity to whiteness/relative privilege and power. Please also remember that no matter what our racial identity is or prior anti-racist efforts are must keep continue to learn and listen and place those experiencing marginalization at the center of our work.

Why this document was created

We are two adult allies who created this resource guide after listening to youth share their experiences in schools in the wake of the violent loss of 8 lives in Atlanta on March 16, 2021 – 6 of whom were Asian women.

A note about Asian and Pacific Islander Desi identity 

There are many terms used to label people from Asian American and Asian diaspora communities. We recognize the differences between the various terms that are used to categorize our communities–Asian, Asian American, Asian and Pacific Islander, Asian Disapora–and the related issues and tensions that may arise from using labels that include so many distinct Asian heritages. These labels are fluid and may hold different connotations to different people. 

While no label is more valid or valuable than another, we intentionally use the term Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) in this document in efforts to be more explicitly inclusive while also highlighting the many individual ethnicities within the community. APIDA refers to people of Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander ancestry, while also specifically noting the inclusion of people with Desi (South Asian) ancestry within the community. However, it is important to note that some people of Asian descent living in the United States may not identify as “American” in part because of the traumatic history of colonization, war, and oppression that the United States has inflicted on Asian countries.

Contributor guidelines

Add articles, videos, resources, organizations, sample language, social media accounts to follow, and other ideas here. Resources that do not call for more policing or punishment as a response to anti-Asian racism are a priority. Please mark “in-language” for links and resources in languages other than English.

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