In December 2020, Protection Approaches, Chinese Welfare Trust and Newham Chinese Association launched Confronting COVID-related Hate: Standing with Britain’s Chinese, East & South East Asian Communities, an emergency project that is supporting a nationwide network of British East and Southeast Asian community organisations to respond to the rising levels of hate crimes.
At times of national crisis, marginalised and minority groups often pay the greatest price. This has been particularly true during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the first weeks of the crisis, hate crime reports to police from British East and South East Asians rose dramatically: reported hate crime directed at the UK’s BESEA communities in the first quarter of 2020 indicates a 300 % increase on previous years while research suggests a 900% increase in the global use of hashtags on Twitter encouraging violence against China and Chinese people and a 200% increase in global traffic to hate sites and specific posts against Asians.
Since January our expert team has delivered ‘responding to hate crime’ training to 190 staff members/volunteers from 24 East and Southeast Asian community groups across England, as well as distributing £70,000 in funding to support these organisation to increase their capacity to respond to hate crime and support their communities.
As part of this project the partners are producing information sheets, webinars, and presentations in community languages for others to download and distribute. Please find a list of resources below which will be added to over time.
An online discussion led by qualified psychologists and psychotherapists on the impact of media reporting and lived experience of racial discrimination and hate crime on individual and community wellbeing.
We encourage you to come and share your views and experience in a mutually supportive environment. Participants tend to find it beneficial to take part in a peer support group where issues can be worked through together and coping strategies can be shared. These group sessions are intended for adults.
English workshop: Saturday 1 May, 10am - 12noon
Cantonese workshop: Tuesday 27 April 10am - 12noon
Mandarin workshop: Thursday 15 April 6pm - 8pm
English - Hate crime info sheet (pdf)Download
Traditional Chinese - Hate crime info sheet (pdf)Download
Simplified Chinese - Hate crime info sheet (pdf)Download
Japanese - Hate crime info sheet (pdf)Download
Korean - Hate crime info sheet (pdf)Download
Malay - Hate crime info sheet (pdf)Download
Vietnamese - Hate crime info sheet (pdf)Download
Thai - Hate crime info sheet (pdf)Download