By Nancy Wong
Asian Women United of MN
To celebrate Asian American Heritage Month (May), AWUM collaborated with Asian American Press (AAP), Metro State & 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].
Q: How can Asians promote safe and healthy relationship?
Nou Chee Xiong, Century College
A: By being more open about it and sharing each other’s thoughts and being able to better communicate with each other.
Alvin Moua, Century College
Major: Environmental Studies & Minor: Law Enforcement
A: In order to promote safe & healthy relationships, you have to first live by it because it’s “lead by example”. So, if you don’t do it yourself, how can you preach to others?
Lorena Hurshuajer, Century College
Major: Human Services
A: By speaking out.