National AAPI Day Against Bullying+Hate Gift Basket – Digital Edition
We hope you’re enjoying your gift basket goodies! (As a reminder, please save the beverages for the VIP event on May 18 at 6pm ET.) And don’t forget to tag us and our generous almost-all-AAPI-owned sponsors in an Instagram reveal*:
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Here are a few digital items to add to the gift basket:
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“We Belong ’21” – MUSIC DOWNLOAD
In 2010, “We Belong” by Magnetic North & Taiyo Na was a rallying cry for humanity and belonging amidst racialized experiences of erasure, exclusion and absurdity. Sampling Asian American folk pioneer Chris Iijima on the chorus, the song stretches reference points from grassroots movement politics, immigrant rights, media representation to the plight of refugees. The song was part of a larger thematic album Home:Word, where homeland and shelter were explored from an Asian American migrant perspective.
In 2021, the context of increased anti-Asian violence, particularly the mass shootings in Atlanta and Indianapolis, called for a new rendition of the song. Community members such as Phil Yu of Angry Asian Man even asked for an updated version. “We Belong ’21” adds layers of urgency and relevance to the original topic, delving deeper into experiences of a community being appropriated and othered while pointing towards the possibilities of solidarity and action to bring us forward.