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What to Read, Watch, Listen to, & Follow about anti-AAPI Racism

Last updated August 17, 2023

What to Read, Watch, Listen to, & Follow about anti-AAPI Racism

Anti-AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) violence has trended upwards since the start of the pandemic, and exponentially surged in 2021. Our Asian American community, including our students, educators, and members of the Get Schooled team, are experiencing a wide range of emotions- from fear and anxiety, to anger and exhaustion.

Protecting our Asian communities means being a vigilant neighbor and speaking up if you see something that's not right. It means using our voice and platforms to amplify these issues, and challenge inaccurate information or hate speech. It means treating others with respect and kindness.

We encourage you to learn more about how to be an ally to our Asian American community. We’ve compiled a free list of resources to read, watch, listen to, and follow to learn more. Together we can stand up against racism.

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Reach out to your local library for their book recommendations (make sure to ask how to access them - many libraries have expanded their online resources during the pandemic). Here are a few recommendations to get you started:

Free movies/videos


  • Dear Asian Americans tells the stories of Asian Americans across the country to inspire and celebrate the Asian American community.
  • Asian Enough is a Los Angeles Times podcast that invites special guests to explore different Asian American backgrounds and histories within the U.S.
  • Code Switch is hosted by journalists of color with conversations about race and how it impacts every part of society from politics, to pop culture, sports, and everything in between, on NPR.
  • Asian American History 101 is hosted by a father-daughter duo that explores the food, history, and culture of different Asian American communities in the U.S.
  • Modern Minorities is a podcast focused on the careers and lives of Asian Americans through the lens of race and gender.

Social Media accounts:

This list only scratches the surface of resources about AAPI history and culture in the United States. We believe that the work Asian-American creators do to bring awareness toward these issues helps combat bigotry and violence. We highly encourage you to dig deeper into the history, culture, and lived experiences of Asian American folks to become a better ally.

Social justice and civic engagement go hand-in-hand. Check out additional content to learn how to get involved in issues that matter to you and your community. If you have recommendations to add to this list, message us on Instagram @getschooled or text #Hello to 33-55-77 (if you're on mobile, click here to have the message set up for you).

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