Asian American Inclusion & Solidarity
While violence toward Asian Americans has always existed in the United States, our community has recently faced racist violence and hate crimes at a much higher rate due to increased Sinophobia, anti-China foreign policy, and xenophobic political rhetoric unleashed during the Covid-19 pandemic. When government officials express fears over China or other Asian countries, Americans immediately turn to a timeworn racial script that questions the loyalty, allegiance, and belonging of 20 million Asian Americans. The result is that whenever China is attacked, so too are Asian Americans as a whole.
The Serica Initiative's Inclusion and Solidarity practice recognizes the inextricable link between Sinophobia and anti-Asian hate and works to educate and cultivate empathy through interactive learning and awareness-raising, original research, discussions with subject matter experts, and outreach and coalition-building with other communities of color. By profiling the personal stories of diasporic, intersectional Asian Americans across the country, Serica helps to combat pernicious stereotypes and develop more nuanced understanding and empathy for the AAPI experience. In the long term, Serica plans to partner with changemakers to influence policymakers, business, and civil society to fight systemic anti-Asian racism and empower all communities of color.
Between Black & White: Asian Americans Speak Out
The conversation about race in America is often between Black and White, leaving Asian Americans out of the dialogue. Exploring Hate, in partnership with The Serica Initiative, present a three-part series about communities building bridges. Confronting racism. Discovering surprising connections. And fighting hate – together.
Between Black & White: Asian Americans Speak Out | Trailer
Eddie Zheng: Bridging the Divide | Between Black & White: Asian Americans Speak Out
The Lunar Collective: A Seat at the Table | Between Black & White: Asian Americans Speak Out
From Kingston, Jamaica to Jamaica, Queens | Between Black & White: Asian Americans Speak Out
Sinophobia and The China Initiative
In November 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the China Initiative, a program designed to combat Chinese espionage. The campaign placed U.S.-based scientists and researchers of ethnic Chinese origin under increased and often unwarranted scrutiny.
In response, The Serica Initiative, with the generous support of our donors and in collaboration with The China Project, produced two short films to raise awareness of these issues. The 20-minute film, Scientists in the crosshairs: How to avoid getting snared in the U.S. crackdown on ‘China Ties,’ offers practical advice for Chinese scientists on how to respond to such discrimination. A 7-minute film, The China Initiative: The Ethnic Targeting of Chinese Scientists and the Subsequent Brain Drain, aims to educate the general public on these developments and their broader context. See also: The United States Sinophobia Tracker.
What does it mean to belong?
During the pandemic, misinformation about the coronavirus contributed to an alarming spike in racial violence against Asian Americans. The pandemic became an excuse for anti-Asian xenophobia, drawing attention to a painful reality. In this country, Asian Americans — even when born and raised here — often are viewed and treated as perpetual foreigners.
In collaboration with The WNET Group’s Exploring Hate initiative, be/longing: Asian Americans Now profiles Asian American trailblazers from across the country in five stories of belonging and exclusion; resilience and hope; and solidarity in the face of hate.