Guest Post By The Minority Militant
I think it's great when we get to highlight nonprofits that have proved their existence and have, in one way or another, brought together Asian American communities online and in real life. There are probably many smaller organizations that have done well for their local communities and flew under the radar, but these are the honorable mentions that brought people together and held their own in the face of the mainstream media.
Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA)
- Slammed Miley Cyrus and her camp for not apologizing for the "chink eye" photos that surfaced on the internet. Not once, but twice.
Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)
- Took on Paramount Pictures for the grotesque beating of an Asian character while using racially-offensive language in the movie The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard.
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)
- Filed Civil Rights Complaint on behalf of the Asian students against the South Philadelphia High School District.
As you can see, evidenced by the three biggest events that affected the AA/API community in 2009 that garnered nationwide attention, Asian Americans still have a long way to go with respect to a balanced and healthy media image.