May marks Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month, a time dedicated to celebrating the AAPI community and its countless contributions to society. There’s no denying that Asians are really hurting right now, and supporting Asian American owned brands can help show solidarity.
Newly released data from the group Stop AAPI Hate reveal that nearly 3,800 hate incidents were reported between March 2020 and February 2021. The data also show that women have reported twice as many anti-Asian hate incidents as men, illustrating the disproportionate toll anti-Asian sentiment is taking on Asian women. The mass shooting that took place in Atlanta — in which six of the eight victims were Asian women — is just one tragic example of hate crime targeting this community.
But allies are coming together to combat this wave of violence. Activists and artists are working in unison to create merchandise in an effort to support Chinatowns in major cities across the country. There are several ways you can show support for the AAPI community, too. For starters, stop racist remarks and comments when you hear them, whether that’s on social media or IRL. You can also sign up for a free bystander intervention course that will equip you with the necessary tools to de-escalate harassment and possibly prevent violence.
Last but not least, you can shop from AAPI-owned businesses in your local community and online. Ahead, you’ll find 15 AAPI-owned fashion brands that you should support today and everyday.