Thursday, May 20, 2021 is Asian Gold Ribbon Day
WE STAND IN SOLIDARITY for an Asian movement and we rise in celebration of Asian culture and heritage. The Asian Gold Ribbon (AGR) Campaign is a platform developed for social change and to initiate wide-spread visibility against anti-Asian racism. We stand together to support healing, amplify our voices, and educate to raise awareness. We advocate for the wellbeing of Asian youth, community members, and seniors across Canada and around the globe.
The Asian Gold Ribbon Campaign is urging individuals, organizations, and communities to demonstrate solidarity against Asian racism and to recognize its profound psychological impact. In correspondence with Asian Heritage Month, Asian and non-Asian persons will adorn themselves with facemasks and gold ribbons throughout the month of May to signify hope, unity, and solidarity for a better tomorrow.
The inaugural Asian Gold Ribbon Day will take place on Thursday, May 20, 2021 when participants join the visibility campaign by posting a selfie and tagging @asiangoldribbon along with using the hashtag #asiangoldribbon.
Historically, the Government of Canada systematically legislated acts of racism against Asians through internment of Japanese Canadians in World War II and the Chinese Immigration Act that separated labourers from their families. This came with a head tax increase from $50 to $500, totaling $23 million collected over 32 years from 82,000 Chinese immigrants.
This campaign inspires outward expression of Asians, where we no longer suppress our voices. We are celebrating the colour yellow that has been used historically to denigrate and disparage our race (Yellow Peril).
1. Community Outreach
Asian Gold Ribbon offers social justice advocacy, education, and support activities for community residents, schools, and organizations, including virtual presentations, as well as the Podcast “Against the Tides of Racism”. Educational resources for delivery to youth within schools to celebrate Asian culture and heritage is provided for educators. Please visit the Educational Resources to access modules.
2. Visibility and Celebration
Asian Gold Ribbon Day is Thursday, May 20, 2021 corresponding with Asian Heritage month. Asian and non-Asian persons adorn facemasks, pins, and gold ribbons to signify hope, unity, and solidarity for a better tomorrow. Activities to Speak Up/Be Seen are available to counter the silence and invisibility of Asians. Learn how you can participate.
This campaign inspires ongoing and lasting commitment for an Asian movement. We compel donations to the Hong Fook Mental Health Association and for the development of initiatives for mental health support programs and services for Asian wellbeing.
首届的亚洲金丝带日将于2021年5月20日举行，届时参加者将会把一张自拍照片发布，标签为 @asiangoldribbon 、主题标签为 #asiangoldribbon，从而加入这个旨在提高能见度的运动。
我们以黄色作为庆祝的象征，这个颜色在历史上曾一度被用来诋毁和贬低我们的种族 （例如，“黄祸”之说） 。在5月20日，我们将以佩戴AGR口罩和金丝带来表示团结、一致以及一个更美好的明天。
首屆的亞洲金絲帶日將於2021年5月20日舉行，屆時參加者將會把一張自拍照片發佈，標籤為 @asiangoldribbon 、主題標籤為 #asiangoldribbon，從而加入這個旨在提高能見度的運動。
我們以黃色作為慶祝的象徵，這個顏色在歷史上曾一度被用來詆毀和貶低我們的種族 （例如，「黃禍」之說） 。在5月20日，我們將以佩戴AGR口罩和金絲帶來表示團結、一致以及一個更美好的明天。
此活動將要激發對亞裔運動的持續和持久承諾。我們要求大家向 康福精神健康協會 捐款，並推動為亞裔社群福祉而設的精神健康支援項目和服務的發展。
In Canada, 1150 cases of anti-Asian attacks were reported from early March, 2020 to late February, 2021. Actual accounts are estimated to be much higher given the incidents of underreporting.
Women represented 60% of those who reported incidents.
According to the most recent Statistics Canada report (2016), of the 6,095,235 Canadians, 17.7% have Asian ancestry.
Reported number of Anti-Asian Racist attacks in the USA from early March 2020 to late February 2021.
"The essential work in fighting anti-Asian racism is built upon the foundation and roadway toiled by racialized minorities such as Black and Indigenous peoples. With great respect, the destination to live out the Equality Rights in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom means that all BIPOC groups ally together."
"...But what our voice must convey is clear. We stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together."
“From caring comes courage.”
“Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.”
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
It is essential for cross-racial and inter-ethnic coalitions to unite in solidarity to combat hate and discrimination. The well-being of one vulnerable group reflects the well-being of all others within a society. The Asian Gold Ribbon campaign acknowledges that Asian represent a significant diaspora. The use of the term Asians includes Southeast Asia (Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Laos, Indonesia, Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), South Asia (Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka or Maldives, Cambodia and Timor-Leste), and East Asia (China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan or Mongolia).
The Asian Gold Ribbon campaign initiated to stand in solidarity against anti-Asian racism that is currently afflicting East Asians, or those “who look Chinese” at greatest proportions during the COVID-19 pandemic as a result of misattributed blame for the spread of the pandemic. We address the elimination of anti-Asian racism for individuals of East Asian descent, highlighting the interpersonal and structural anti-Asian sentiment and discrimination that has given rise to longstanding negative stereotypes such as the Yellow Peril. In no way do we wish to contribute to the erasure of the visibility and perspectives of other Asian communities and of those who also experience significant racial injustices.
Asian hate and racism are individual and institutional, and part of a larger global problem. We respect and honor the tireless work of the Black Lives Matter movement and the advocacy work for truth and healing leading towards reconciliation for Indigenous peoples that have paved the way for Asian pride movements. Shifting the cultural tide of hate and denigration of BIPOC minority groups is essential work we must all do. Asian liberation does not occur without Black and Indigenous liberation.