Talking to friends and family about racial justice, police violence, and anti-Blackness is a crucial component of anti-racism work. Here are some resources, with many helpful translations, that might help you begin the conversation. Much of the info here came from these live documents, which contain many more useful resources: Essential Anti-Racism Resources for Asian People in America, Resources: Asians for Black Lives, Anti-Racism Resources for Asian Americans and Anti-Racism Resources for White People.

In this guide:

  • Starting the Conversation – helpful language (with many translations) to get started with family and friends
  • Digging Deeper – ways to educate yourself more and get involved
  • Letters for Black Lives 

A set of crowdsourced, multilingual, and culturally-aware resources aimed at creating a space for open and honest conversations about racial justice, police violence, and anti-Blackness in our families and communities. Translated in 30 languages. Includes social media graphics. 

  • Talking to Your Asian Immigrant Family About Race 

Created with older Asian immigrants in mind. From the creators: “Many older Asian immigrants, like those in our parents’ generation, internalize anti-blackness or have trouble understanding race dynamics in America. These beliefs might be a result of language barriers or lack of access to social media — but that’s why it’s crucial for us to educate our elders on how Asian Americans have contributed to and benefited from systemic, institutional racism.  

To help with that, we’ve put together a set of phrases to help guide, redirect, and give historical context to your conversation. They’ve also been translated by native speakers into multiple Asian languages. We know this dialogue can be frustrating, so we hope this guide can at least contribute to educating those in our community, one conversation at a time.”

Translations in: English, Chinese (traditional), Korean, Japanese, Hindi, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Thai and Arabic

  • Black Lives Matter Translated

Compiled by the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, this is a crowdsourced repository of materials in Asian & Pacific Islander diasporic languages we can all use to navigate difficult discussions about Black Lives Matter, anti-blackness, Black history, immigration history, and police/state-sanctioned violence with our families and communities.

  • Call on Me, Not the Cops: A Letter to Asian American Family/Friends
  • How to respond to “riots never solve anything!”
  • Answering Commonly Asked Questions about the Black Lives Matter Movement
  • 6 Ways Asian Americans Can Tackle Anti-Black Racism in Their Families (Kim Tran 2016)
  • Vietcetera
  • Vietnamese People for Black Lives Matter
  • The Terrible Burden of Skin Color (Vietnamese)
  • For Asian Americans
        • Black Lives Matter and the Asian American Dilemma: What We Owe– an Asian psychiatrist’s analysis of the model minority myth and how it perpetuates racism, how to build empathy in midst of chaos: 

Ongoing list of talks and documentaries pertaining to race in art and American culture.

      • Asians (Chinese/Filipinx/Vietnamese/Hmong/Desis/Khmer etc…) for Black Lives poster by Kalaya’an Mendoza  

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    • What We Owe to Black Communities

Let’s see what (Asian) America wouldn’t have if it weren’t for the labor of Black activists in our history.

      • Fair Employment Practices Commission, 1941
      • Civil Rights Act of 1964 & Voting RIghts Act of 1965
      • Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965
      • Solidarity against anti-Asian racism
        • Black and brown communities speaking out against police brutality/violence against Asian Americans: Yong Xin Huang


    • Articles & writings
    • ESSENTIAL VIEWINGS- Ongoing list of talks and documentaries pertaining to race in art and American culture. 
      • Talks
      • Documentaries
        • The Black Power Mixtapes 1967 – 1975
  • ESSENTIAL ORGANIZATIONS – An ongoing list of organizations and collectives to support, collaborate, and be informed
    • AAPI / Ally Orgs – The BIPOC Project | build authentic and lasting solidarity among Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), in order to undo Native invisibility, anti-Blackness, dismantle white supremacy and advance racial justice
    • NQAPIA A Federation of LGBTQ Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander Organizations