AAPI IN THE REPRO CONVO
It’s May and we’re recognizing Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The majority of our crew is AAPI, so we know firsthand how often we’re left out of the conversation. Yet we face challenges, stereotypes and generational divides unique to this population, often referred to as the “model minority.”
We’re proud of our heritage, and we have the right to be included in critical conversations about health care, sex ed and abortion access.
Speaking of, we’re horrified by the news out of the Supreme Court. We’ll be back in June with an issue focused on what we can do to preserve abortion rights in a post-Roe world.
It’s safe to say we have all the feels this month. Thanks for joining us as we work toward a future where reproductive care is equitable for all.
~ xo Team rePRO
Directed by Lilly Hu (19m)
The rampant misinformation and social terror of adolescence form the backdrop of this month’s short film, which also illuminates the need for culturally competent abortion care and sexual education.
After a classmate experiences a miscarriage in a school bathroom and a graphic video goes viral, 16-year-old international student Bei Bei — AKA Katie — realizes she can’t trust anyone. “Cold Wall” follows Bei Bei as she negotiates her own unwanted pregnancy in an American culture she doesn’t fully understand.
PERIODICAL PODCAST BONUS EPISODE
with special guests Maya Cueva and Leah Galant, hosted by Asha Dahya
Episode 5 of the rePRO Periodical Podcast will be released later this month. In the meantime, catch up on our convo with the directors of “On the Divide,” a 2021 documentary about the last abortion clinic on the U.S.-Mexico border.
“Just because abortion is legal in all 50 states as of today, that doesn’t mean it’s accessible … these (anti-abortion) laws disproportionately affect low-income and communities of color.” — Maya Cueva
AAPI WOMEN HAVE BEEN OVERLOOKED IN THE ABORTION FIGHT. BUT OUR VOICES MATTER.
“The model minority myth masks Asian Americans’ health-care needs, including those in reproductive health,” writes Sung Yeon Choimorrow, who leads the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum. The org has conducted groundbreaking research into AAPI women’s attitudes about and use of abortion services.
ASIAN TROPES IN SEX-SELECTIVE ABORTION BANS HAVE ADVOCATES WORRIED ABOUT WHAT’S TO COME
In the U.S., Asian Americans’ access to abortion is policed in in a highly specific way, as laws based on racial stereotypes are in effect across the country. ““It’s just a really awful attempt to chip away at our rights,” says Becca Asaki of NAPAWF.
MIN JIN LEE WANTS TO KEEP BUILDING ON THE ASIAN-AMERICAN EXPERIENCE IN REAL LIFE AND ON THE PAGE
This wide-ranging Q&A with novelist Min Jin Lee is just what we needed to read right now. “I do not want to give in to cynicism. The one thing that history can keep teaching us about activism and positive change is that we must constantly work out of love, not hatred and not despair.”
National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum
the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum
Through advocacy and research, NAPAWF fights for abortion access for AAPI people, who struggle with “language barriers, cultural stigmas, and low rates of insurance coverage for our most vulnerable members.”
We’re loving this new entertainment platform for Asian American and Pacific Islanders. “Joy Sauce’s approach is to create a space where our joy and power are radically celebrated,” writes founder Jonathan Sposato. “I believe that strong and powerful AAPI imagery has the potential to reframe the status quo.” One of our faves: a first-person essay about trans identity.
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