Photo series by Nancy Wong
Q : What new traditions can be created that reflect Asian values that encourage safe and healthy relationships?
Do the Asian Thing is in the spirit of celebrating Asian American Heritage Month, and at the same time highlighting the strengths of APIA cultural values and encouraging discussion around the vital issue of ending domestic violence.
Asian Women United of Minnesota engages APIAs, especially youth and young adults, to elevate social discourse about safe and healthy relationships within the APIA experience. This includes expanding or redefining cultural traditions and what it means to be Asian when it comes to romantic and familial connections.
In collaboration with the Asian-American Student Union at the University of Minnesota, AWUM interviewed and photographed ASU students at Coffman Memorial Union on April 11, 2011. Each student voiced their ideas about promoting safe and healthy relationships and AWUM gathered these inspirational comments.
The mission of Asian Women United of Minnesota (AWUM) is to end domestic violence by promoting safe and healthy relationships within the Asian Pacific Islander (API) community.
A report from the Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence (www.apiidv.org) reports that forty-one to sixty percent of Asian Pacific Islander American women report having experienced domestic violence in their lifetime.