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  • This AAPI Heritage Month, Let’s All Take a Closer Look at Mental Health Care in Our Communities

    "Tell Asian Stories" (photo: Don Pollard/Governor's Office)

    As Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women, May is a month of celebration. It is also a time to highlight Mental Health Awareness and commemorate Mother’s Day. But while many of us are celebrating, some are coping with a gaping void left by those who died by suicide in the past year.

    Though updated suicide statistics for 2022 are not yet available, we’ve seen the stories reported by community media outlets of individuals in our community who are no longer with

  • Report Offers Closer Look at Role of Asian American Voters in Brooklyn Assembly Race Flipped by Republican

    Lester Chang, left (photo: Chang campaign website)

    Though Democrats maintained supermajorities in the State Senate and Assembly after the midterm elections, they lost ground in several communities across the state and ceded several seats to the Republican Party in the State Legislature and in Congress.

    One of the most notable Republican flips came in Assembly District 49, an Asian-majority district in Southern Brooklyn which covers parts of Bay Ridge and Borough Park and much of Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst. There, 36-year Democratic incumbent Peter Abbate Jr. narrowly lost to Republican Lester Chang,

  • Empowering New York City’s Asian American Voters

    Getting out the vote (photo: @SandraForNY1)

    Asian Americans are the fastest growing racial group in the United States andin New York City. Yet for too long, Asian Americans have faced challenges participating in elections. We now make up over 17% of New York City’s total population, making us a significant part of the city’s racial diversity, cultural

  • Advocates, Council Members Call on City Government to Better Support Asian Communities

    A rally to "#StopAsianHate" (photo: Gerardo Romo/City Council)

    Asian-American social-service providers want to be more involved in city policy-making around mental health and language access as the city grapples with an ongoing surge in anti-Asian hate crimes.

    At a press conference outside City Hall, a coalition of advocates and service-providers urged city officials to better enforce translation requirements for government programs. Beyond that, they want to see more support for the community-based organizations that provide a lifeline of services and step in when those

  • In This Moment, New York Needs The AAPI Equity Budget

    Gov. Hochul at a rally (photo: Don Pollard/Office of Governor Kathy Hochul)

    Over the past two years, Asian Americans have learned to look over our shoulders on the subway platform and keep one earbud out as we walk down the street. An onslaught of anti-Asian hate incidents has instilled fear in our community, from our children to our elders, influencing how we go about our daily lives.


    ‘Our Community Is Incredibly Angry’: Asian American Federation President Jo-Ann Yoo on Anti-Asian Violence

    "Stop Asian Hate" (photo: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office)

    “Right now our community is incredibly, incredibly angry,” said Jo-Ann Yoo, executive director of the Asian American Federation, a New York City-based nonprofit, duringa recent appearance on Gotham Gazette’s Max Politics podcast. “We feel ignored. We feel unseen,” Yoo said, discussing the rise in

  • Max Politics Podcast: Asian-American New Yorkers Fight To Be Seen

    Jo-Ann Yoo of the Asian American Federation (photo: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office)

    March 2, 2022 - Max Politics Podcast: Asian-American New Yorkers Fight To Be Seen

    Jo-Ann Yoo, executive director of the Asian American Federation, joined the show to discuss how Asian-American New Yorkers are dealign with a spate of hate crimes and violence, how that trend can be stopped, a broader agenda for supporting and empowering Asian-American New Yorkers, what she recently asked of Mayor Eric Adams, and more.

    Listen to the conversation and let us know what you think, on