Photos and Interviews by Nancy Wong
Asian Women United of MN
Q: What does a safe & healthy relationship look like to you?
A: It looks like compromising and being able to communicate with your partner and coming up with ways to help each other for both to succeed in life.
Ronald Meng, Century College
Major: Law Enforcement
A: Both sides come to an agreement on what needs to be expected and what needs to be done.
Shoua Yang, Century College
Majors: Criminal Justice Investigating & Education
A: Happy, smiling, not ashamed to show their love by holding hands; making the best of each other’s time.
Mong Her, Century College
To celebrate Asian American Heritage Month (May), AWUM collaborated with Asian American Press (AAP), Metro State University, and Century College to highlight the strengths of API cultural values to end domestic violence and to share thinking to stimulate discussion around this vital issue. AWUM interviewed & photographed several Metro State and Century College students, documenting each student’s voice about promoting safe and healthy relationships. We hope their words, thoughts & feelings inspire you to commit to “doing the Asian thing”! ”Do the Asian Thing” engages APIs, especially youth and young adults, to elevate social discourse about safe & healthy relationships within the API experience; this includes expanding or redefining cultural traditions and what it means to be Asian when it comes to romantic and familial connections. To AWUM, doing the “Asian Thing” is to promote safe & healthy relationships. 41%-60% Asian Pacific Islander women report experiencing domestic violence in their lifetime. (Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence: www.apiidv.org) 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. For more information about AWUM: www.awum.org or email: [email protected]. (Photo credits: Nancy Wong)