Diversity Committee's Letter On AAPI Support
Fri, Mar 19 3:51pm

Dear Families, 


At PS 107, we are proudly a No Place for Hate school.


During this time of violence against Asian American Pacific Islanders in our country, we at PS 107 reaffirm our commitment to take a stand against racism in all of its forms. The recent murders in Georgia and the increase in violent crimes against Asians in our country will not be tolerated. The advocacy group Stop AAPI Hate released a report this week that it had received over 3,800 reports of verbal harassment, civil rights violations, and physical assault from March 2020 to February 2021. As a community, we reject any hateful acts or discrimination and we commit ourselves to standing up for what is right. 


As Representative Judy Chu (D-CA 27th District) recently stated, “The Asian American community has reached a crisis point that cannot be ignored.” We at PS 107 will continue to create teachable moments in order to help empower our students to always create a space is “No Place for Hate” at school, in their communities, and the world beyond.  


If your family would like more support during this time, please reach out to our counselor Sarah Green. She is available to speak with your child and can provide more mental health resources for your family. 


As a community we’d like to invite you to join us in remembering the eight victims of the tragic killings in Georgia as well as all those impacted by the recent rise in anti-Asian hate crimes and racism. On Tuesday, March 23rd at 5:00 pm we will hold a moment of silence; please join us in this moment, wherever you may be. 


We understand that having conversations about racism with children can be challenging. We have compiled some resources that you might find useful when discussing recent events with the young people in your life. For any families that would like to get more directly involved in this work, we invite you to join the Diversity Committee by emailing Sompon Oerlemans or Rinah Fernandez-Vasquez


We know that by standing together we can #StopAsianHate and we will only emerge stronger. 


We are 107!


In solidarity,

The PS 107 Diversity Committee



Resources to Help You Talk with Children

Talking to children about the recent Georgia shootings from SheKnows.


Talking to children about xenophobia from National Geographic. 


Learning for Justice resources to address anti-Asian violence. 


A guide to talking about terrorism with children from the Centre for the Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence in Canada.


Learning with Children

Learn about some Asian American heroes with your family.


Read some children’s books that include themes of anti Asian racism and Asian American resistance: 

  • The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi (recommended for PreK through 3rd grade): book and video;
  • The Favorite Daughter by Allen Say (recommended for kindergarten through 3rd grade): book and video;
  • Shining Star: The Anna May Wong Story by Paula Yoo and Lin Wang (recommended for 2nd through 5th grade) book and video;
  • A Different Pond by Bao Phi and Thi Bui (recommended for 1st through 5th grade): book and video;
  • Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki (recommended for 1st  through 5th grade): book and video
  • Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan (recommended for 2nd through 5th grade); and 
  • Surfer of the Century: The Life of Duke Kahanamoku by Ellie Crowe and Richard Waldrep (recommended for 2nd through 5th grade): book and video


Diversify your home library with “everyday” books with APIDA kids who are just being kids:

  • Pepper Zhang, Artist Extraordinaire! by Jerry Zhang (recommended for PreK through 1st grade);
  • Dear Juno by Soyung Pak (recommended for PreK through 1st grade): book and video;
  • Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan (recommended for kindergarten through 1st grade): book and video; and
  • The Jasmine Toguchi series by Debbie Michiko Florence (recommended for 2nd through 5th grade).


Learning More, for Adults

Hollaback is offering a free hour-long workshop for adults on bystander intervention to stop anti-Asian American harassment and xenophobia. You can learn more about the workshop and register here


Tune into the Asian Enough? Podcast.


Watch NBC’s The Racism Virus: Anti-Asian Attacks Surge.


Ways to Give

Join the Asian American Federation at a peace vigil for victims of Asian hate this Saturday, March 20, at 6:00 pm at Union Square in Manhattan. 


Join Borough President Eric Adams in support of the Asian American Pacific Islander community at a rally against discrimination, hate, and violence this Sunday, March 21, at 4:00 pm outside Brooklyn Borough Hall.


Your family can help support Georgia's Asian American communities. This donation page was created to help the victims and their families impacted by the violent acts that took place on Tuesday, March 16, 2021.


One More Thing

And lastly, for our Asian Pacific Islander Desi American families, here’s a post on self care from this time last year, which, unfortunately, is still very relevant today.