HONOLULU/MINNEAPOLIS (March 17, 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.
Mr. Josh Lee
Major: Arts Creative and Media
AWUM: What does a safe and healthy relationship look and feel like to you?
JL: Someone that is not only trustworthy, but also demands the same from you. A healthy relationship is not dependency but individuals coming together to assist in growth of one another.
AWUM: What Asian cultural values do you already possess that promote safe and healthy relationships?
JL: Family, education.
AWUM: What new traditions can be created that reflect Asian values that encourage safe and healthy relationships?
JL: Healthier communication, self-actualization without dependency
AWUM: What do Asian women need to do to remember their true worth?
JL: Do not believe that everything has to be done by you. Today should be equal work. After all, it is about being a team. A team works together to make ends meet.
AWUM: How can Asian men promote safe and healthy relationships?
JL: Focus on becoming stronger together; equality and fairness to everyone, especially women.
AWUM: What do men have to do internally to promote safe and healthy relationships?
JL: COMMUNICATE! Don’t expect too much without having the same forced upon you.