In the last year Asian Americans reported 3,795+ incidents of hate to the organization Stop AAPI Hate —incidents were 2.3 times greater for women. At least 6 Asian American women lost their lives to this unchecked hatred.
Hate and discrimination thrive on false narratives, on “othering” our neighbors.
I’m Your Neighbor Books puts new narratives into the hands of American educators, librarians, parents, readers, and citizens.
Reading books set in our New Arrival and New American communities reduces prejudice by allowing us to meet neighbors on the page. Hate does not thrive when a reader’s empathy is engaged.
I’m Your Neighbor Books gifted Asian American children’s book collections to elementary schools across the country to combat hate.
Each of the collections included books that celebrate the diversity, complexity, and joy of the Asian American girl experience: Where’s Halmoni?, A Big Mooncake for Little Star, My Footprints, Watercress, Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen, Unidentified Suburban Object, Front Desk, and We Belong. Teaching materials that explore the full Asian American community and give educators the tools to talk about Anti-AAPI Racism accompanied the collection. Explore the collection further here.
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Schools Receiving Book Boxes:
|Boston Public Schools||Randolph||Massachusetts|
|Connors Elementary School||Lewiston||Maine|
|Friends of Astor County Library||Astor||Florida|
|Hawthorne School/Elmhurst SD 205||Elmhurst||Illinois|
|Lansing School District||Lansing||Michigan|
|Mt. Tabor Elementary School||Mt. Tabor||New Jersey|
|Plattsmouth Elementary School||Plattsmouth||Nebraska|
|Poly Prep Country Day School||Brooklyn||New York|
|Portland Public Schools||Portland||Maine|
|PS/IS 187||New York||New York|
|Samuels Public Library||Front Royal||Virginia|
|St. Joseph Public Library||St. Joseph||Missouri|
|Stoughton School District||EDGERTON||Wisconsin|
|Weaver Lake Elementary/Osseo Area Schools||Maple Grove||Minnesota|
Schools supported by targeted donations:
|Greely Middle School||Cumberland||Maine|
|Blue Hill Consolidated School||Blue Hill||Maine|
|Songo Locks School||Naples||Maine|
|Clidale Elementary||Spartanburg||South Carolina|
As we secure additional funding, we will support additional schools!
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Header Image © Julie Kim from WHERE’S HALMONI?