«Bias is a beast that can take a bite out of anyone», particularly when it comes to a race discrimination. In the article we explore 10 Asian Americans organizations, established to help this rapidly expanding community in the U.S. solve a range of problems it faces.

Asian Americans, or Americans of Asian descent, are people originated from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, China, Philippines, Bhutan, Korea, Japan, Vietnam. This diaspora is one of the fastest growing populations all over the U.S., especially seen in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Houston. Trying to stand close up to one another, they create active organizations to solve the problems occur. As a range of problems is extended, such initiatives relate to low wages and housing issues, civil rights and discrimination, educational justice and leadership skills improvement.Asian Americans,

 

1. DRUM (‘Desis Rising Up And Moving’)

Founded in 2000, DRUM addresses issues that Asian Americans face in New York City. Its mission is to «build the power of South Asian low wage immigrant workers, youth, and families in New York City to win economic and educational justice, and civil and immigrant rights». It boasts a multigenerational membership with representation from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Trinidad, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Guyana. DRUM’s programs are variable, from helping to undocumented workers in service industries to conducting leadership training for South Asian youth.

 

2. Chhaya CDC

As DRUM, ‘Chhaya CDC‘ was founded in 2000. Serving as a nonprofit organization, it is aimed to improve housing conditions for New York City’s South Asian community. Its work is dedicated to setting up «free direct services, education and outreach, community organizing, and research and policy». Being focused on core areas of housing and economic development, essential things for a stable life, the organization has its strong influence on education, employment, civic participation, community pride, and mental health improvements. According to Chhaya’s mission, such an influence will expand further development of the tools and resources every New Yorker of South Asian origin should have to make a decent living.

 

3. SAALT (‘South Asian Americans Leading Together’)

Being a national nonprofit, SAALT addresses the social justice needs of South Asian Americans. It holds a biannual ‘National South Asian Summit‘ to connect activists from various South Asian backgrounds and help various issues the community faces. This April theme responded to the rise in «hate violence, xenophobic rhetoric, and anti-immigrant sentiment that have escalated to unprecedented levels». In addition, SAALT is coordinating the National Coalition of South Asian Organizations, a network, those is aimed to strengthen voices of South Asian American community on a local and national level.

4. ‘The Sikh Coalition’

The Sikh Coalition‘, that is now celebrating its 15th anniversary, is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization with offices and staff in New York City, California (Bay Area and Los Angeles), Washington D.C. and Chicago. ‘The Sikh Coalition’ is the first line of defense for Sikh civil rights in America, that is working on securing safer schools, preventing hate and discrimination, creating equal employment opportunities and empowering local Sikh communities. Its goal is to build «a world where Sikhs, and other religious minorities in America, may freely practice their faith without bias and discrimination».

5. ‘Sakhi For South Asian Women’

Founded in 1989 by a group of five South Asian women – Anannya Bhattacharjee, Mallika Dutt, Tula Goenka, Geetanjali Misra, and Romita Shetty – professionals in banking, film, law, and public health, ‘Sakhi For South Asian Women’ is an organization fighting with violence against women by making a private family problem a public social issue. According to its mission, the organization firstly creates a safe place with «a full range of culturally-sensitive, language-specific information, support, services, and advocacy for South Asian women facing abuse in their live» and secondly works to inform and engage the community to end up with violence. Uniting survivors, communities, and institutions «to eradicate domestic violence», it is helping to create strong, healthy communities of Asian Americans.

6. ‘Asian Women In Business’ (AWIB)

From 1995 ‘Asian Women In Business’ (AWIB) is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization, assisting Asian women entrepreneurs and professionals. Over the years, AWIB has expanded its mission to address issues affecting female Asian Americans on the corporate level, as well as in the legal field; and has established a scholarship program for undergraduates, aimed to promote their leadership. It serves on various task, including work on the inclusion of minority and women owned businesses and professionals.

​7. ‘Korean American Coalition’ (KAC)

Los Angeles-based ‘Korean American Coalition‘ (KAC) is a nonprofit, established in 1983 to promote «the civic and civil rights interests of the Korean American community». It endeavors to achieve these goals through education, leadership development, community organization, and coalition-building with diverse communities.

8. ‘The Center for Asian Pacific American Women’

The Center for Asian Pacific American Women‘ is a national, non-profit, non-advocacy organization, led by a small, but dedicated group of staff. It is dedicated to «the enhancement and enrichment of leadership skills for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women through education, mentorship, and networking». Striving to nurture trusteeship within the communities, the organization is expanding leadership capacity, fostering awareness of AAPI issues and creating a supportive network of AAPI women leaders.

9. ‘Asian Americans United’

Asian Americans United‘, founded in 1985, is probably the oldest Asian Activist organization on our list. Aimed to help people of Asian ancestry in Philadelphia, it is extending their leadership skills and uniting to challenge oppression. The list of its accomplishments includes «initiating and monitoring the settlement of a lawsuit with the School District of Philadelphia to improve services to immigrant students; developing the leadership of hundreds of youth through the Community Youth Leadership Project and the Asian American Youth Workshop; creating the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival; and founding the Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School».

10. ‘The Ascend Foundation’

The Ascend Foundation‘ is a New-York based nonprofit, that is engaged «in research with a mission to advocate, enable and assist Pan-Asians in North America to become the leaders of today and tomorrow». Inspiring the members of Pan-Asian community to become better innovators and role models, the organization is managing research findings support and advocating the community «by cultivating the leadership skills needed to improve the stance of Pan-Asians in North American corporate environments», as well as teaching skills needed to gain leadership positions.

 

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