Minister of Social Affairs and Employment refuses to seriously fight against anti-East and Southeast Asian racism

Leestijd: 4 minuten On March 18, 2024, the research report “Research on experiences of discrimination and racism among people of (South) East Asian origin in the Netherlands” (EDAN, report in Dutch) was released. As the first systematic and scientific study on racism against East and Southeast Asian people in the Netherlands it received widespread media attention and reignited related discussions in society. But what does Asian Raisins think of the long-awaited EDAN?

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The Racist Mural on Hemonylaan in Amsterdam; The Difficulty of Disrupting East and Southeast Asian Clichés in Street Art

Leestijd: 5 minuten If you cross the bustling street of Amsterdam’s Albert Cuypmarkt, you’ll immediately find yourself on the quiet Hemonylaan. The street is brightened by many colourful stencil art murals; with the use of templates, existing images have been painted on the buildings. One of the walls features an ‘Asian’ theme: a vibrant mix of symbols, logos and characters from various East and Southeast Asian countries. However, for many East and Southeast Asian Dutch this wall filled with offensive stereotypes doesn’t brighten up the street at all. Does the artist understand the problem? Asian Raisins spoke with him.

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Anti-Asian Racism in Election Manifesto!

Leestijd: 3 minuten The 2023 Dutch parliamentary elections are just around the corner. Therefore, it’s essential to know where political parties stand when it comes to addressing anti-Asian racism. Which political parties have explicitly included anti-Asian racism in their election manifesto? Asian Raisins’ Action Team has investigated this for you and compiled the positions of each party! Read the perspectives of all participating political parties. Let’s work together towards a more inclusive society where racism has no place.

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5 burning questions for Maud about activism, anti-Asian racism and her nomination for a Young Impact Award

Leestijd: 4 minuten “Racism against East and Southeast Asian people has been normalized in Dutch society under the guise of ‘funny’ or ‘pleasant’,” says Maud, Action program manager at Asian Raisins. During the corona pandemic, she came across Asian Raisins and immediately became a member. Since then, she has worked on a manifesto against anti-Asian racism, put anti-Asian […]

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Maud, from our Asian Raisins campaign “Stop Hanky Panky Shanghai,” has been nominated for the Young Impact Awards.

Leestijd: 2 minuten Maud, Action Program Manager at Asian Raisins, has been nominated for the Young Impact Awards due to her contributions to our anti-racism campaign, “Stop Hanky Panky Shanghai.” Young Impact is an organization that supports and provides a platform for young changemakers, at which annually they present awards to ambitious young individuals who go to great lengths with their social initiatives. The Asian Raisins campaign “Stop Hanky Panky Shanghai” calls on people to sign the petition against the so-called birthday song “Hanky Panky Shanghai,” which has originated from racist and persistent stereotypes. From October 2nd to October 27th onwards, you can vote for Maud on the Young Impact website.

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Reclaiming East and Southeast Asian (in)visibility during the Week Against Racism 2023

Leestijd: 3 minuten In the week of 13 March, 2023, Pakhuis de Zwijger and Comité 21 maart organised the 5th edition of the Week Against Racism. This year, the festival was an extra special occasion for the Asian Raisins Foundation: we took a seat at the discussion table and in doing so brought more East and Southeast Asian representation. A first for our foundation, and thus a wonderful milestone. We also walked with the annual demonstration, and turned heads in the heart of Amsterdam.

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Film script with racist elements leads to dispute between neighbours

Leestijd: 4 minuten Asian Raisins (AR) receives numerous reports of racism- and discrimination-related incidents throughout the year. Besides documenting these incidents, we also take action against them. This article is about a recent incident in which a film script ended up causing a conflict between two neighbours. It also shows the kind of support that Asian Raisins volunteers can provide.

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LIDL UPDATES RACIST PRAWN CRACKER PACKAGING

Leestijd: 5 minuten In May of 2022, the supermarket Lidl followed through on an agreement that they would change the packaging for their prawn crackers. These products displayed stigmatising illustrations ranging from cone hats to Fu Manchu moustaches and because of this, Asian Raisins contacted the company. In this article you can read how we were able to make this change

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Column: Roots

Leestijd: 5 minuten Imagine being such a native tree species; your roots sit in a tropical climate where you feel safe in the heat of the sun. And then, one day you’re being dug out and replanted in Europe with its much cooler climate. The chilly breeze makes your leaves rustle in an unknown way. You’re surrounded by Chestnut trees, Hazelnut trees and Birches instead of the lush greenery you had previously gotten to know.

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