Asians* in Focus is an initiative created by NAAPIMHA in recognition that mental HEALTH takes many forms. We decided to create a space dedicated to the purpose of telling AANHPI stories, using the full range of artistic expression.
About Asians* in Focus
Our current project heART’s hope was started through a generous donation by the Sevelo family to honor Nicholas Fatu Sevelo who ended his life at the age of 18. On November 14, 2020, Fatu’s family held a 5k Memorial fundraiser to honor and celebrate his life and raise awareness around suicide. It is the hope of the Sevelo family and NAAPIMHA that we can prevent others from experiencing the pain of losing a loved one to suicide.
Goal of HeART’s Hope: Prevent Suicide by...
Raising awareness around mental health and suicide prevention
Engaging the AAPI community using creativity in all its forms
Focusing on hope, resilience, and celebrating being AAPI
We invite individuals to tell a story using any art form or creative expression to address mental health and suicide. Submissions will be accepted until August 31st.
Asians* Unmasked: a photography project that came about as a direct response to COVID-19 and the impact on Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities. The unprecedented loss of life and economic uncertainty forever changed the world and placed mental health in the heart of all discussions.
Unfortunately, the pandemic also saw an increase in racist attacks towards individuals of Asian ancestry, who were blamed for the coronavirus. In response to these attacks, a small group of Asian American advocates and artists came together to not only make a statement, but to also develop creative outlets designed to heal.
Our inaugural project during May 2020, which is both Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) and Mental Health Awareness Month, because it is more important now than ever to celebrate who we are as AANHPIs.
We hosted a launch party that shared the stories that had been captured without our community. Please take a moment to learn more about our project and engage with the impactful stories captured in our gallery.
Friends of Asians*Unmasked
If your organization is interested in becoming a friend of our work, please contact us using the contact form below.
The National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA), is pleased to be joined by the Japanese Arts Network (JA-NE), the Health Equity Lab at Harvard Medical School, and the Center for Health Equity at Albert Einstein College of Medicine Montefiore Medical Center, Humanity Unmasked, Red Pocket Magazine, and the Sakura Foundation. Together, we invite you to join us in an exciting project that will tell the stories of what it’s like to be AANHPI in the time of COVID-19. EVERYONE and ANYONE is welcome to join us.
Our stories will be told BY us and ABOUT us.