Standing with the AAPI Community

Standing up against racism, xenophobia and social injustice
April 5, 2021

We stand in solidarity with our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. We affirm our commitment to support our communities and stand up against racism, xenophobia and social injustice.  

As a library we strive to be a welcoming place for everyone, where all voices are included and heard, a place where our diverse community can come together. We are learning and unlearning. We are training and empowering our staff to practice equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. This includes expanding our understanding and educating ourselves on the history of anti-Asian racism in our country and communities. The Model Minority Myth has been used to oppress and silence the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. These ideologies and historic and present-day experiences of racism, xenophobia and social injustice do not stand alone -- they are connected. 

We ask that you learn with us. Speak up and out against racism and xenophobia.  

Community Organizations:

Asian Resources Inc
OCA Sacramento - Asian Pacific American Advocates 
Hmong Organizing for Progress and Empowerment (HOPE Center) 
AAC Senior Services
Chinese American Council of Sacramento
U.T.O.P.I.A Sacramento
To’utupu’o e ’Otu Felenite Association (TOFA)

Reporting a Racist/Hate Crime:

Stop AAPI Hate 
Stand Against Hatred
Hate Is A Virus

Reading List:

We have gathered resources to help us all learn from one another, highlight different voices, and advance conversations on and race and oppression. Our librarians have selected the following titles from our collection. We will continue to add to these for our communities.

Yellow.jpg Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White by Frank Wu
Color-of-success.jpg The Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority Theory by Ellen Wu
Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong
Breaking-the-bamboo-ceiling.jpg Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling by Jane Hyun
Big Little Man: in Search of My Asian Self by Alex Tizon
Interior Chinatown: A Novel by Charles Yu
Not Quite White: Losing and Finding Race in America by Sharmila Sen