Educating Our Kids and Ourselves on Anti-Asian Racism

A round-up of podcasts, articles, and resources shared by PSP members to help you educate yourself and your family on the legacy of anti-Asian racism in the United States and how we can move forward.


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How Do I Talk to My Asian American Kids About the Violence Against Our Community?, by Nicole Chung for Slate


Anti-racism resources to support Asian American, Pacific Islander community, by Kate Lý Johnston for NBC News


Standing up to anti-Asian racism, by Zareen Kamal and Mary Zerkel for American Friends Service Committee


I’m Helping My Korean-American Daughter Embrace Her Identity to Counter Racism, by Heidi Shin for the New York Times


Why I’ve Stopped Telling People I’m Not Chinese, by Euny Hong for the New York Times


16 Asian American Heroes Our Kids Need to Know About, by Kipp Jarecke-Cheng for Red Tricycle


Resources on Instagram:


Feelings Books for Kids has a post on How do we talk to young children about Asian racism?


For mental health & wellness, Dr. Wang @asiansformentalhealth helps navigate a lot of conversations & feelings.


For children's books, @asianlitforkids have amazing recommendations.


For resources geared toward adults, @asians4antiracism is a great follow.


Roots ConnectED, Inc, is a national professional development organization committed to ensuring that each child recognize the humanity in one another.


Follow and amplify the voices of those addressing the challenges the AAPI community is facing:






Podcasts and clips:


Asian Enough: From the Los Angeles Times, “Asian Enough” is a podcast about being Asian American — the joys, the complications and everything in between. In each episode, hosts Jen Yamato and Frank Shyong of The Times invite celebrity guests to share their personal stories and unpack identity on their own terms.


How To Start Conversations About Anti-Asian Racism With Your Family, from Code Switch by NPR


How To Talk To Kids About Anti-Asian Racism with Nicole Chung on NPR


Self Evident is a podcast that tells Asian America’s stories, to explore what it really means to claim America today.


The Intersection Of Race, Misogyny And The Experiences Of Asian Americans, from 1A by NPR


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


Asian Americana: A podcast about slices of distinctly Asian American culture and history.


Potluck Podcast Collective: A collective of podcasts featuring unique Asian American voices and stories.


Time to Say Goodbye: A podcast about Asia, Asian America, and life during the Coronavirus pandemic, featuring Jay Caspian Kang, Tammy Kim, and Andy Liu. Also check out Vulture's interview with the hosts.



Books and stories for kids featuring AAPI characters:


Please support our local community bookstores if you can!

Greenlight Bookstore

Community Bookstore

Cafe con Libros

The Brooklyn Public Library also has tons of ebooks and audiobooks available digitally if you have a library card!


For more recs, check out Brightly, Pragmatic Mom, Colours of Us, and Books for Littles!


Alvin Ho: Allergic to the Great Wall, the Forbidden Palace, and Other Tourist Attractions by Lenore Look: Alvin, an Asian American second grader who’s afraid of everything, is taking his fears to a whole new level—or should we say, continent.


Bee-bim Bop! by Linda Sue Park: In bouncy rhyming text, a hungry child tells about helping her mother make bee-bim bop: shopping, preparing ingredients, setting the table, and finally sitting down with her family to enjoy a favorite meal.



Dear Juno by Soyung Pak: Juno's grandmother writes in Korean and Juno writes in drawings, but that doesn't mean they can't exchange letters. From the picture he makes for her, Juno's grandmother can tell that he wants her to come for a visit. So she sends Juno a miniature plane, to let him know she's on the way.


Dim Sum for Everyone! by Grace Lin: In English, dim sum means “little hearts,” or “touches the heart,” but to this young girl, dim sum means delicious.


Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by Chieri Uegaki: Hana Hashimoto has signed up to play her violin at her school's talent show. The trouble is, she's only a beginner, and she's had only three lessons.



I Live in Tokyo by Mari Takabayashi: Tokyo is a busy city of color, activity, celebrations, super gigantic buildings, and much, much more. In this city lives a seven-year-old girl named Mimiko. Here you can follow a year’s worth of fun, food, and festivities in Mimiko’s life, month by month.


In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord: Shirley Temple Wong sails from China to America with a heart full of dreams. America is indeed a land full of wonders, but Shirley doesn't know any English, so it's hard to make friends. Then a miracle—baseball—happens.


Lin Yi's Lantern: A Moon Festival Tale by Brenda Williams: Lin Yi is given money to buy items at the market for tonight's Moon Festival. If he bargains well, he can purchase a red rabbit lantern for himself. But he must purchase everything on his mother's list first!


Min Jee’s Lunch by Elizabeth Kleinrock: When a classmate says Min Jee’s Korean lunch is “how everyone got sick,” will her friends speak up?


Round is a Mooncake: A Book of Shapes by Roseanne Thong: A little girl's neighborhood becomes a discovery ground of things round, square and rectangular.



Ruby's Wish by Shirin Yim Bridges: Ruby is unlike most little girls in old China. Instead of aspiring to get married, Ruby is determined to attend university when she grows up, just like the boys in her family.


Suki's Kimono by Chieri Uegaki: Suki's favorite possession is her blue cotton kimono. And Suki is going to wear it on her first day back to school—no matter what anyone says.


The Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Wan-Long Shang: Lucy Wu, aspiring basketball star and interior designer, is on the verge of having the best year of her life. In an instant, though, her plans are shattered when she finds out that Yi Po, her beloved grandmother's sister, is coming to visit for several months—and is staying in Lucy's room.


The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi: Being the new kid in school is hard enough, but what about when nobody can pronounce your name?



The Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin: The neighbors' gardens look so much prettier and so much more inviting to the young gardener than the garden of "black-purple-green vines, fuzzy wrinkled leaves, prickly stems, and a few little yellow flowers" that she and her mother grow. Nevertheless, mother assures her that "these are better than flowers." Come harvest time, everyone agrees as those ugly Chinese vegetables become the tastiest, most aromatic soup they have ever known.


The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin: When Pacy's mom tells her that this is a good year for friends, family, and "finding herself," Pacy begins searching right away. As the year goes on, she struggles to find her talent, deals with disappointment, makes a new best friend, and discovers just why the Year of the Dog is a lucky one for her after all.


Uncle Peter's Amazing Chinese Wedding by Lenore Look: Jenny's favorite uncle, Peter, is getting married, and everyone is happy happy -- everyone, that is, except Jenny.


Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin: In the valley of Fruitless Mountain, a young girl named Minli spends her days working hard in the fields and her nights listening to her father spin fantastic tales about the Jade Dragon and the Old Man of the Moon.


Young, Proud, and Sung-jee by Joyce Y. Lee: a children's book on fighting anti-Asian racism during COVID-19.


More resources to keep you engaged:


Hollaback has scheduled a series of trainings on Bystander Intervention to Stop Anti-Asian/American and Xenophobic Harassment. You can also sign up for a training via @ihollagram or @advancingjustice_aajc.


The nonprofit Stop AAPI Hate allows you to report anti-Asian hate incidents and is a great place to consider donating to. They also have a page with Safety Tips for Those Experiencing or Witnessing Hate.


The Asian Pacific Fund serves vulnerable community members and is also a great place to consider sending your donations.


The Asian American Bar Association of New York has a page with COVID 19 Resources: ANTI-ASIAN HARASSMENT AND VIOLENCE.


Embrace Race lists resources for families on discussing a variety of social and racial injustice issues with children. 


Your Kids Aren't Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup, by Katrina Michie on Pretty Good