TAKE OUT RACISM is a call-to-action for Asian Pacific Islanders (APIs) and their allies to root out discrimination in US politics and culture.
Their campaign hijacks the common association of TAKE OUT with cheap, undifferentiated “Asian cuisine” to overturn the racist identification of Covid-19 as a “Chinese virus” while resisting the “model minority” myth of APIs more generally.
Their project is both a celebration of API solidarity-in-difference and a call for APIs to TAKE OUT systemic racism alongside other BIPOC communities—defiantly and together.
Random Acts of API Defiance or RAAD is a collective of Asian Pacific Islander (API) scholars, artists, and designers committed to combating systemic racism through bold creative interventions.
They formed in response to the intensification of xenophobia and hate directed at APIs since the onset of Covid-19; but they nevertheless acknowledge and bear witness to the disproportionate structural violence inflicted on other BIPOC communities. Ending racism toward APIs is therefore inextricable from their mission to be allies for our Black, Brown, and Indigenous brothers and sisters in their fight for equality.