HONOLULU/MINNEAPOLIS (March 10, 2015) — Do the Asian Thing: Promote Safe and Healthy Relationships.
In collaboration with the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Asian American Press, Asian Women United of Minnesota (AWUM) photographed University of Hawaii students and collected their views about promoting safe and healthy relationships. We hope their thoughts and feelings inspire you to commit to doing the Asian thing!
“Do the Asian Thing” engages young Asian Pacific Islanders (APIs) to elevate the social discourse about safe and 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 and healthy relationships.
Approximately 41 to 60 percent of Asian Pacific Islander women report experiencing domestic violence in their lifetime. (Asian and Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence: www.apiidv.org)
The mission of AWUM is to end domestic violence by promoting safe and healthy relationships within the API community.
Ms. Charity Naea
AWUM: What does a safe and healthy relationship look and feel like to you?
CN: It looks like happiness and feels like love.
AWUM: What do Asian women need to do to remember their true worth?
CN: Stand firm in their truths and practice, and believe in their self value.
AWUM: What do men have to do internally to promote safe and healthy relationships?
CN: Practice equality towards women and practice respect towards women.