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Cultural Heritage of Fairfax County Residents

Learn about and celebrate the heritage of our neighbors.

Our AAPI Community

Asian American and Pacific Islanders have emerged as one of the Nation's fastest growing racial and ethnic groups. The AAPI community consists of culturally and linguistically diverse people, representing populations from many countries and islands. Today, the United States has a population that includes more than 22.2 million Asians, and 1.6 million Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islanders.

The AAPI Experience

Watch the following videos to learn more about the experience of individuals within the AAPI community following the rise of Racism and xenophobia

Podcasts highlighting Asian American stories:

Asian Boss Girl
(Episode) #StopAsianHate with Tammy Cho & Michelle Hanabusa, Co-founders of Hate is A Virus Guests Tammy Cho & Michelle Hanabusa, co-founders of Hate Is A Virus, a community of mobilizers and amplifiers that exists to dismantle racism and hate.

Dear Asian Americans
(Episode) 098 // Liz Kleinrock // Anti-Bias & Anti-Racist Educator // To Teach and TransformTeach and Transform Founder Liz Kleinrock joins Jerry to share her story as a Korean adoptee growing up in America and finding her passion and mission teaching anti-bias and anti-racist education.

MPR News
(Episode) How to be an ally for Asian Americans facing racism amid COVID-19 MPR News reached out to a historian and community leaders and asked for their advice for non-Asian Americans to become allies to their peers during this difficult time.

Self-Evident 
Self Evident is where we tell Asian America’s stories, to explore what it really means to claim America today.

They Call Us Bruce
Hosts Jeff Yang and Phil Yu present an unfiltered conversation about what's happening in Asian America.

Asian Enough 
From the Los Angeles Times, “Asian Enough” is a podcast about being Asian American -- the joys, the complications and everything else in between. In each episode, hosts Jen Yamato and Frank Shyong invite celebrity guests to share their personal stories and unpack identity on their own terms. They explore the vast diaspora across cultures, backgrounds and generations, share “Bad Asian Confessions,” and try to expand the ways in which being Asian American is defined.

I Become a Person of Suspicion
As the death toll from the coronavirus rises in the U.S., so do reports of verbal and physical attacks against Asian-Americans, who say hostile strangers are blaming them for the pandemic. Today, one writer shares her story. Guest: Jiayang Fan, a staff writer at The New Yorker magazine.

Standing Up with Our AAPI Community

Stop AAPI Hate
Stop AAPI Hate is a national coalition aimed at addressing anti-Asian discrimination amid the pandemic, was founded by the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON), Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) and San Francisco State University’s Asian American Studies Department. The center tracks and responds to incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning, and child bullying against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

Stand Against Hatred
The Stand Against Hatred website is made available by Asian Americans Advancing Justice to document hate and to educate about the environment of hate around the country.

Act To Change
A public awareness campaign working to address bullying, including in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.

Community Action Guide: Responding to AAPI Hate Incidents 
This manual was created to combat the recent surge in anti-Asian violence happening worldwide. This manual provides historical context, guidelines, resources, bystander, contacts, intervention. This guide is an educational toolkit for communities to access as well as improving racial equity between all communities of color. (Commonwealth of Massachusetts Asian American Commission).

Bystander Intervention Resources
Hollaback! provides trainings on how to protect your neighbors and co-workers when bias and harassment collide in front of you.

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