BOYCOTT “Asian Bar Crawl” in San Diego

Boycott "Asian Bar Crawl" in San Diego

NAPAWF-SD is mobilizing folks to boycott the upcoming “Asian Bar Crawl” in San Diego (

See the flyer for the “Asian Bar Crawl” event here:

Please read our letter below. If your organization would like to sign onto the letter, please let us know by Saturday (9/21) noon as we plan on sending the letter to the promoters and all 7 restaurant owners that afternoon. Please also spread the word.

Thank you!

Our letter:

Dear “Asian Bar Crawl” promoters and restaurant owners,

We recently learned about your Asian Bar Crawl event on Sunday, September 22nd, and we have concerns about the way the event is being represented and publicized, particularly the images of costume ideas you display on your website and Facebook event.

While the costume ideas may be seen as a joke or are intended to be “for fun” at the event, they are horribly offensive and inaccurate representations for many Asians and Asian Americans. They reduce Asian cultures and traditions to a few stale, narrow stereotypes, when ironically, the purpose of your event is to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, not demean it.

In the spirit of celebrating and respecting these cultures and their histories, we ask that you hold off on the “sexy geisha kimono.” Your costume suggestions are blatantly misogynistic and racist.

In fact, we ask that you remove the entire costume portion of the bar crawl.

If you are going to make a profit from this event, we suggest donating and supporting Mid-Autumn New Year Festivals organized by local Asian American communities, to get a better sense of the meaning and history behind the festival and the real communities that are a part of it. The history and spirit of the mid-autumn festival has nothing to do with cosplay.

Here are website links to a few local events and an article, which elaborates why the costumes you promote are offensive and not appropriate to advertise:

Little Saigon Foundation’s Lantern Festival

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum Family Moon Festival

“We’re a Culture, Not a Costume”

We hope to be able to resolve this situation with you soon. Until then, we will mobilize with Asian American, Pacific Islander and other supportive organizations to spread the word and boycott this event.


National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum – San Diego Chapter (NAPAWF-SD)

Leadership Opportunity: Apply for Women’s Policy Institute

The Women's Foundation of California

Apply to the Women’s Policy Institute

We are pleased to announce the 11th year of the Women’s Policy Institute (WPI), a program of the Women’s Foundation of California. We are now accepting applications for 2013–2014. This year’s WPI will feature teams in the following three specific areas: domestic violence, criminal justice and career and college access.

Applications are due on Tuesday, July 12, by 5 PM PST.

The Women’s Policy Institute seeks to increase the number of community-based women leaders in California who are actively involved in shaping and implementing policies that affect the health and economic security of women and girls. WPI provides intensive training in California’s public policy process and on topics that are integral to the process such as conducting research, developing effective messages, mobilizing constituents and understanding the state budget process.

Deadline to apply is July 12, 2013. We look forward to meeting you!

For more info, visit the website here.

Asian Women Advocates Join ACLU, NAACP to Challenge AZ Abortion Restriction


For Immediate Release
May 29, 2013
Erin White, 212.255.2575

Asian Women Advocates Join ACLU, NAACP to Challenge AZ Abortion Restriction

HB 2443 Unfairly Stereotypes Asian Women

PHOENIX — Today, the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) filed a racial discrimination suit against the Attorney General of Arizona and the Arizona Medical Board, challenging Arizona’s HB 2443, a law that bans abortions performed on the basis of race and sex. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) will represent NAPAWF and the NAACP in court.

Executive Director of NAPAWF, Miriam Yeung, offered the following statement:

“HB 2443 perpetuates anti-immigrant sentiment by unfairly stereotyping Asian women who seek an abortion. This is deeply offensive to our community.”

“By assuming Asian American women, because of our culture, will choose to terminate pregnancies based on sex, this law turns Asian American women into suspects and encourages invasive scrutiny of our motives that other women would not be subjected to. The law is cloaked in the language of civil rights and equality for women, but it is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Rather than lifting the status of women, this law is nothing more than another hypocritical attempt to ban abortions in this country– this time using Asian women as a means to that end.”

“This law distracts from the real work of ending racial and gender-based discrimination. We need policies that truly empower women of color, like equal pay, increased employment opportunities and health equity– not more misguided, discriminatory attempts to restrict access to important health care.”

Immigrant Women’s Advocates Celebrate Passage of Violence Against Women Act

President Obama signs the Violence Against Women Act.


Immigrant Women’s Advocates Celebrate Passage of Violence Against Women Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Coalition for Immigrant Women’s Rights (NCIWR) celebrates the House’s passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The bill provides much needed new protections for immigrant women and girls, including protections from rape and sexual assault for detained children through the Prison Rape Elimination Act. Though the bill does not include an expansion of U-visas that was a part of earlier versions of the bill, it represents a long overdue step forward in the effort to protect survivors of violence. The bill also provides important new protections for LGBT and Native American survivors.Miriam Yeung, Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), an NCIWR steering committee member, comments, “This was long overdue, and we are pleased lawmakers were able to set politics aside to protect women facing violence. This VAWA bill provides important protections for immigrant women, who make many contributions and are the backbones of their families and communities.”


The National Coalition for Immigrant Women’s Rights is the leading national collaboration to specifically focus on women and gender issues in the public discourse on immigration. The coalition represents more than 80 grassroots and advocacy organizations. For more information about the National Coalition for Immigrant Women’s Rights, please visit