HONOLULU/MINNEAPOLIS (Feb. 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 & 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. Samantha Balboa
Major: Business Marketing
AWUM: What does a safe and healthy relationship look and feel like to you?
SB: A safe and healthy relationship is one that has a lot of love and support emotionally, physically, and mentally.
AWUM: What Asian cultural values do you already possess that promote safe and healthy relationships?
SB: I don’t know of any specific Asian values I possess but I’ve always been taught to love and care for one another. And I feel like that has promoted safe and healthy relationships.
AWUM: What do Asian women need to do to remember their true worth?
SB: Asian women just need to remember that they are worthy and are equal just like everyone else in the world.
AWUM: How can Asian men promote safe and healthy relationships?
SB: Asian men can promote safe and healthy relationships by being supportive and loving.
AWUM: What do men have to do internally to promote safe and healthy relationships?
SB: Men need to internally first make sure they are stable and ready to have relationships.