News & Updates from July 2019
July Highlights: Directory Updates & Asian American Narratives
Dear Friends,

Happy August! Now that it has been nearly a year since the release of Crazy Rich Asians, the first major Hollywood movie in years to have a majority Asian cast, we are reflecting on how the portrayal of Asian Americans in popular media has evolved over the years. Though imperfect, Crazy Rich Asians -- and now Always Be My Maybe, The Farewell, and To All the Boys I've Loved Before, and Searching among others -- are welcome counterpoints to Hollywood's history of portraying Asians as caricatures, punchlines, or villains. They offer glimpses into the stories of Asian Americans from different, more authentic, walks of life: from a confused but determined single father, to a working class musician rekindling romance with a celebrity chef from a Vietnamese refugee family, and to wealthy Singaporean immigrants.

Each Asian American, as all Americans, has grappled with the question of where (not if) they fit into this country's fabric. As Asians form one of the most diverse racial categories in the US, there is no one answer, and it is promising that the media and popular culture are beginning to recognize this. Undoubtedly there is still room for improvement -- 'brown' Asians, low-income Asians, queer Asians, Pacific Islanders (the list goes on) still have not received representation in meaningful ways -- but we are optimistic about the progress and look forward to further change.
On Asian American representation in popular culture:

Crazy Rich Asians Kicked Down the Door: Now Asian Americans are Fighting to Stay in the Room ( Time): The success of last year's hit has spurred creators to pitch their unique stories

Hollywood Doesn't Fully Represent Asian Americans Yet ( Vice): "The Farewell" and "Crazy Rich Asians" are signs of progress, but many Asian Americans are still left out of the picture

The Stories We Tell, and Don't Tell, About Asian American Lives ( The New Yorker): Within a racial paradigm that positions black and white as opposing poles, those who, like Asian-Americans, don't fit on either side occupy a state of flux -- they can be recast as "good or "bad" depending on the political mood

Why Always Be My Maybe's Asian American underachiever is groundbreaking ( Vox): We need more stories about Asian Americans. Especially the underachieving ones.
Our Directory of Domestic & Gender Violence Programs Serving Asians and Pacific Islanders has been updated to include information on over 160 amazing organizations across the U.S. and territories. These territories support survivors, resist gender violence, and strengthen communities by providing services, developing resources, conducting advocacy, and training communities.

Download the Directory to browse listings, or use the online database to filter by location, languages provided, and ethnicities served.

Download the A-Z Advocacy Model Report to learn more about directory agencies' work
Immigrant survivors fear reporting violence

The May 2019 Advocate & Legal Services Survey on Immigrant Survivors surveyed nearly 600 advocates and attorneys across the U.S., finding that fear of deportation, abuser retaliation, or separation from children prevents many immigrant survivors from seeking help.

Call for abstracts!

" West meets East": Caring for Asians through Innovative, evidence-based, and community-oriented health interventions : hosted by Asian Alliance for Health & San Francisco Asian American Research Center on Health

Abstracts due 8/19/19
Conference: 10/17/19, San Francisco
News and Updates from the Field:

Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence