Friday, May 20, 2022 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 Campaign is a platform developed 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.
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, totalling $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. Involving Youth and Senior Ambassadors, the Asian Gold Ribbon campaign will take place during Asian Heritage month in May.
We are celebrating the colour yellow that has been used historically to denigrate and disparage our race (Yellow Peril). AGR masks and Gold Ribbons will be worn the month of May and particularly on May 20 to signify unity, solidarity, and a better tomorrow.
1. Community Outreach
Offering social justice advocacy, education, and support activities for community residents, schools, and organizations including virtual presentations. Educational resources for delivery to youth to celebrate Asian culture and heritage in school during Asian Heritage month are available. Please visit Initiatives for details.
2. Visibility and Celebration
Asian Gold Ribbon Day is Thursday, May 20, 2021 corresponding with Asian Heritage month. Asian and non-Asian persons will adorn facemasks and gold ribbons to signify hope, unity, and solidarity for a better tomorrow. 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.
我們支持亞洲運動，並為慶祝亞洲文化和遺產而崛起。 亞洲金絲帶運動是一個平台，旨在發起反亞洲種族主義的廣泛知名度。 我們站在一起支持康復，擴大我們的聲音，並進行教育以提高認識。 我們倡導加拿大乃至全球的亞洲青年，社區成員和老年人的福祉。
為社區居民，學校和組織提供社會正義的宣傳，教育和支持活動，包括虛擬演示。 提供了在亞洲文化遺產月期間向青年傳授在學校慶祝亞洲文化和文化遺產的教育資源。 請訪問倡議以獲取詳細信息。
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."
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.