In response to the alarming surge in anti-Asian hate incidents, Asian Americans Advancing Justice organizations, in partnership with Microsoft, have launched the Asian Resource Hub, a groundbreaking digital platform aimed at empowering Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.
The hub is a comprehensive resource that combines data from various sources, including surveys, hate trackers, law enforcement, and public records, to provide a detailed picture of the discrimination and hatred faced by AAPI communities. It also offers a searchable national directory of resources and culturally competent services available in multiple Asian languages, including Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese, with plans to expand to Hindi, Khmer, Tagalog, and Thai.
The initiative was introduced during a National Ethnic Media News Briefing on February 29, 2024, highlighting its importance in addressing the significant increase in anti-Asian hate, which rose by 339% between 2020 and 2021 alone. The hub aims to provide AAPI communities with the necessary tools to build resilience, feel empowered, and access essential resources tailored to their needs.
The Asian Resource Hub is not only a response to the immediate needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic but also a long-term infrastructure to support AAPI communities in the face of continued discrimination. It is designed to be community-based and focused, offering powerful storytelling and data visualization to help users understand the Asian American experience in the context of hatred and discrimination.
By leveraging technology and data, the hub seeks to provide insights into the challenges faced by AAPI communities and offer solutions to fight back against hate. It is a testament to the collaboration between organizations like Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Microsoft, and the broader community to create a more inclusive and equitable society for all.
As the hub continues to evolve, it aims to become an evergreen site, constantly updated with new resources and languages to serve the diverse needs of AAPI communities. The goal is to make it a robust resource that can effectively address the gaps in support and understanding of anti-Asian hate and empower individuals and communities to stand against discrimination.
For more information and to access the Asian Resource Hub, visit asianresourcehub.org.