by Jennifer Vo

1. Modern Architecture

Asian Americans have designed some of the most iconic buildings in our nation. One notable architect is Chinese American I.M Peri, who is known as one of the greatest architects to date. Some buildings that he designed that you may well know include the John F.Kennedy Memorial Library and The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum. Although being one of the greatest architects it hasn’t always been easy, being one of largely known Asian American architects he has faced a lot of backlash. For instance Peri, who designed the Pyramid at the Louvre in Paris, had initially faced backlash…

by Aadi Waghray

With the outbreak of the coronavirus, many people have started to look for a scapegoat to blame. Because of this, when some country leaders and news outlets started to call the virus the “Chinese virus” and blame China for the economic hardship and death the coronavirus brought on the United States, many conservatives joined by demanding outrageous things such as having China pay reparations for the virus. This has led to a spike in anti- Asian rhetoric and violence that has made many people scared to leave their homes to get basic supplies because of the harassment they would face.

by Aayush Murarka

(Picture via

The alarm rings. Another day in the hospital working a 12 hour shift in a 7 day work week. Another day busy saving lives and helping the sick. Another day winning some fights, and losing others.

Standing at the vanguard of a global battle against the COVID-19 virus, healthcare workers everywhere face a new set of challenges each day. During this time, however, it would be a good idea to discuss the issues and struggles that Asian American and Pacific Islander medical personnel face on a daily basis. Trying to find equilibrium when you hear insults about your appearances in…

by Viet Ho

There is a worldwide pandemic that is sweeping the world off of its feet. But with the pandemic comes ignorance of those who either blame Asian Americans or just are scared of the Asian American community due to the stigma that is lingering around them. Many people around the world don’t realize that they’re being ignorant, and that this ignorance can lead to racism or even hate crimes especially towards Asian American. …

by Shruti Pariyar

A work environment is the setting, social features and physical conditions in which you perform your job. These elements can impact feelings of well-being, workplace relationships,collaboration, efficiency and employee health. The term work environment is used to describe the surrounding conditions in which an employee operates. The work environment can be composed of physical conditions, such as office temperature, or equipment, such as personal computers. It can also be related to factors such as work processes or procedures. A healthy work environment is one that is safe, empowering, and satisfying. …

by Amber Li

Chinese virus.” “Wuhan coronavirus.” “Kung flu.” Those are only a few of the nicknames for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

From yelling phrases like “Go back to China!” to attempted murder, the rate of hate crime towards those of Asian descent is rising across the country due to the virus that originated in Wuhan, China. On March 14 in Midland, Texas, a Burmese family was attacked by a nineteen-year-old man because he believed they were infecting others in the store.

by Suhan Kacholia

Picture from

The current COVID-19 pandemic has clearly had a negative impact on mental health in the United States. Stress, anxiety, and loneliness have all become increasingly common emotions, and will likely intensify as lockdowns continue. While the crisis has emotionally affected nearly everyone, and in different ways, it has particularly had negative consequences for minority groups, including Asian Americans.

Asian Americans already have a high prevalence of mental illness, with a statistic from Mental Health America stating that 13% were diagnosed with one in the past year [1]. Moreover, a number of complex and interrelated factors have historically prevented Asian Americans…

by Parmila Pyakurel

Image by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Education has been impacted dramatically due to Covid-19. Many countries have decided to close schools, colleges, and universities. All classes have been transferred online and the majority of students have been struggling to adjust to their new way of learning. Being at home and forced to do “remote learning poses a challenge for families who are not fluent in English”. Immigrant families are having trouble helping their children do their homework. Many are also struggling with having a reliable internet source. Numerous students do not have a computer or internet connections therefore they complete their classwork on borrowed phones. …

by Nisha Reddy

We have all been eagerly searching for new activities to participate in and new passions to immerse ourselves in amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether these pursuits include a child decorating cards with words of encouragement for front-line workers or a gender gap enthusiast hoping to utilize her 3D printer to construct personal protective equipment, isolation might uncover our deepest creativity and innovation. For the first time, I created a miscellaneous set of playlists using Spotify, one of the most admired media services platforms; music tends to embody a bridge of acceptance and diversity for a human population…

by Gayathri Donepudi

Illustration: Sarah Mazzetti/The Guardian

Domestic violence is a widespread issue affecting 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men in the U.S alone. This issue is especially prevalent among Asian Pacific women with 21–55% of them reporting physical/sexual violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime. According to the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence, domestic violence is defined as the “systematic pattern of behaviors that include physical battering, coercive control, economic abuse, emotional abuse, and/or sexual violence.” Due to its nature, abusers often rely on controlling their significant other to secure their power.

Recently, home isolation, intended to prevent the spread of…

OCA Greater Phoenix Chapter

OCA Greater Phoenix is a chapter of the national nonprofit civil rights organization OCA — Asian Pacific American Advocates.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store