Arts & Culture

Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network - DVAN's aim is to promote artists from the Vietnamese diaspora whose work in literature, visual art, film, and performance art enriches our communities and strengthens ties between Vietnamese across the globe. 

 

Vietnamese American Arts and Letters Association - VAALA's mission is to connect and enrich communities through Vietnamese art and culture. Founded in 1991 by a group of Vietnamese American journalists, artists and friends, Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA) is a community-based, 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. VAALA organizes numerous cultural events such as art exhibitions, book signings, music recitals, plays, and annual events such as the Viet Film Fest and the Children's Moon Festival Art Contest. VAALA also offers year-long art and music classes.

Civic Engagement

18MR.org - 18 Million Rising was founded to promote AAPI civic engagement, influence, and movement by leveraging the power of technology and social media.

AAPI Victory Fund – the first Super PAC of its kind – is focused on mobilizing Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) eligible voters and moving them to the ballot box. The AAPI community is joined through our values of hard work, family, and our history as immigrants. With the AAPI eligible voters exceeding that of the margin of victory in numerous districts and states, we have an opportunity under a common agenda to bring AAPI voters into position to make or break outcomes for candidates across the country.

VietUnity - Los Angeles - VietUnity­ LA is a collective of Viet­ identified organizers and activists committed to the struggle for global peace, justice, and self­-determination. We work towards transformative social change to heal from all forms and systems of oppression. Our goal is to work on local issues while connecting to a larger movement for social justice. We do this through coalition building, education, art and culture, and collective action.

General

Southeast Asia Resource Action Center - SEARAC was founded in 1979 to facilitate the relocation of Southeast Asian refugees into American society and to foster the development of nonprofit organizations led by and for Southeast Asian Americans. SEARAC has grown into an organization that strengthens the capacity of community-based organizations led by refugees from around the world. They serve as a coalition builder and leader among diverse refugee communities; carry out action-oriented research projects; foster civic engagement among refugees; and represent refugee communities at the national level in Washington, DC and at the state level in California.

Health

Asian American Research Center on Health - ARCH includes prominent researchers, community leaders, and clinicians. The Center maintains an open and collaborative environment to carry out our vision, which is to be a leader in Asian American health research to promote health and health equity in partnership with Asian American communities.

Asian Health Services - Founded in 1974, AHS provides health, social, and advocacy services for all regardless of income, insurance status, immigration status, language, or culture. AHS's approach to wellbeing focuses on “whole patient health,” which is why they provide more than primary care services, including mental health, case management, nutrition, and dental care to more than 27,000 patients in English and over 12 Asian languages:  Cantonese, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Khmer, Korean, Tagalog, Mien, Lao, Mongolian, Karen, Karenni, and Burmese.  AHS offers medical, dental, and mental health services for all ages.  AHS also recognizes that a patient’s health is directly linked to their social and economic circumstances. That’s why they are dedicated advocates, and they fight for legislation that make our communities a safer and healthier place to live. 

Leadership Development

America's Opportunity Fund - AOF has been working to elect AAPI progressive leaders in statewide and federal office since 2007. AOF also supports non-AAPI candidates/elected officials who speak to the concerns of the AAPI community and to under-represented communities. AOF also promotes emerging progressive leaders within the AAPI community as potential candidates and operatives and communicates with the AAPI community to increase voter turnout for AOF endorsed candidates. AOF’s mission is to train the next generation of progressive operatives, activists, volunteers and candidates/elected officials with the tactical skills necessary to win on Election Day and to increase our representation across all levels of government. 

Legal & Social Justice

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAAJ is a national affiliation of five leading organizations advocating for the civil and human rights of Asian Americans and other underserved communities to promote a fair and equitable society for all. The affiliation's members are: Advancing Justice - AAJC (Washington, D.C.), Advancing Justice - Los Angeles, Advancing Justice - Atlanta, Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus (San Francisco), and Advancing Justice - Chicago.

Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon - APANO is a statewide, grassroots organization, uniting Asians and Pacific Islanders to achieve social justice.  We use our collective strengths to advance equity through empowering, organizing and advocating with our communities.

Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) has links to various legal resources:

Vera Institute of Justice offers handouts and audio recordings in Vietnamese to help navigate the legal system.