About Asians* Unmasked
Asians* in Focus is launching 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.
Asians* in Focus launched 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.
Asians*Unmasked originally launched under the name "Living While Asian*". Please click below to read a note from our team regarding the name change and to learn more about the project's history.
If your organization is interested in becoming a friend of the project, please contact us using the contact form below.
The National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA), is pleased to be joined by OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates, 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.