HONOLULU/MINNEAPOLIS (Feb. 24, 2015) — Do the Asian Thing: Promote Safe & 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 & 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.
Approximately 41 to 60 percent of Asian Pacific Islander women report experiencing domestic violence in their lifetime. (Asian & 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. Caitlin Colipano
Major: Forensic Science
AWUM: What does a safe & healthy relationship look and feel like to you?
CC: A safe & healthy relationship is one that openly exposes both the positives and flaws in the relationship.
AWUM: What Asian cultural values do you already possess that promote safe & healthy relationships?
CC: Respect, generosity, and commitment.
AWUM: What new traditions can be created that reflect Asian values that encourage safe & healthy relationships?
CC: By raising awareness of the issue of how prominent domestic violence can be in a relationship and having workshops that educate couples on how to avoid unhealthy relationships and help victims of abuse.
AWUM: What do Asian women need to do to remember their true worth?
CC: Surround themselves with positive people and engage in activities that allow them to share their talents.
AWUM: How can Asian men promote safe & healthy relationships?
CC: By being consistent in the healthy ways they treat their friends, family, and partners.