In an increasingly polarized political climate, APIA communities are struggling to navigate a post-9/11 world of surveillance, racial profiling, and growing anti-immigrant and anti-LGBTQ hostility. The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)is trying to start a new public conversation on what "security" really means, in its most democratic and inclusive sense. For their #RedefineSecurity Week of Action, a series of public forums, the group brought activists together last month to rethink what it means to live freely in a world of violence. In the wake of Orlando, the need for more dialogue is as prevalent as ever. We talk to Sasha W. about how security might be redefined for APIA queer communities and the country as a whole.
Sasha W., National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance
#Asians4BlackLives Seeks Accountability in Ethnic Media on Akai Gurley case
The case of Akai Gurley, a black man shot to death by officer Peter Liang, touched off a heated debate over police violence and racism across the city and opened rifts between the Chinese American and black communities of New York. After Liang's sentencing, a coalition of activists with the #Asians4BlackLives NYC campaign issued a letter to one of the leading ethnic media outlets, Tsing Tao Daily, criticizing the paper for biased coverage of the case.
Their campaign has been largely ignored by the paper's management, but we talk to one of the organizer's, Amy Weng, about the kind of public conversation they’re trying to build in the wake of this intercommunity conflict.