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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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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A Stain on a White Wall

Leestijd: 8 minuten Dennis Huang offers his perspective about the tumult in regards to conversations about racism as the only person of color within a white group of friends. Dive deeper into his thought process right here!

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Volunteers in the spotlight: Ilgin Emek

Leestijd: 4 minuten Every few weeks we like to put one of our amazing volunteers in the spotlight. By doing this we all get to know each other a bit better. Because you might have been wondering who all the people are that are working on the stories and illustrations you read and see here at Asian Raisins.

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Interview with Priscilla Kim Latoeperissa

Leestijd: 3 minuten Children are especially heavily influenced by misleading media-images, especially when it comes to misinterpreted stereotypes and ideologies. If children get the message that their background doesn’t matter, this will create a more negative self-image.

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Stop Hanky Panky Shanghai Survey

Leestijd: < 1 minuut Asian Raisins needs your help! East and Southeast Asian Dutch people experience anti-Asian racism on a daily basis. The so-called birthday song “Hanky Panky Shanghai” is the epitome of how normal anti-Asian racism is in the Netherlands. Today it is often said by people that; Hanky Panky Shanghai ‘is no longer sung in schools. On the other hand, we get a lot of sounds that it still happens frequently. So we need proof for a future campaign “Stop Hanky Panky Shanghai”. Can you help us with this?

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Leestijd: 3 minuten A.E.P.O.C. creates connections between different POC communities from within the arts and creative industries from all different kinds of disciplines. From visual artists to musicians; from performing artists to curators; from organizers to writers.

Communities often establish themselves separate from others. That is extremely effective and powerful. However, at the same time, it’s imperative that we work together; that we work on building cross-associations and networks to reinforce each other. A.E.P.O.C.’s focus lies on the artistic practice and growth, exchanges within disciplines and the business side of the field.

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STOP Hanky Panky Shanghai