Southeast Asians for Black Lives

Open Letter from Christy & Bea 

Black Lives Matter.

Tuk Tuk Box was created to uplift our community and bring awareness of Southeast Asian culture to mainstream platforms, your kitchen, and beyond. We are a curated meal kit subscription that delivers straight to your door every month. This week was slated for our soft launch, however we decided to postpone to hold space and honor Black lives. We stand in support of justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Stephon Clark, Emmett Till, and for all the innocent lives lost in the history of the United States.

As two daughters of Asian immigrants and refugees, we recognize that a path has been paved for our Southeast Asian families by the African American community. We know it is our duty and strongly believe that we, as Asian American allies, need to stand up against the injustices with our Black brothers and sisters to continue the fight for #BlackLivesMatter and break down the walls of systemic and racial oppression.

In solidarity, our Vietnamese American sister and artist, Tina Nguyen drew inspiration from past allyships between Asians and Black Power. Her design transformed what was once an animalistic trope and recreated it to fit a more appropriate illustration that centers around Black power, love, and light. White supremacy has pit our communities against each other through scarce resources, circulating the model minority myth, and creating a dependency on the Amerikkkan government. Today, we join hands to say enough is enough!

Here’s some ways Tuk Tuk Box is fighting back the system:

Donating:

We are selling the ‘Southeast Asians 4 Black Lives’ 11x17 poster. Proceeds raised will be donated to our friends at The Black Food Sovereignty Coalition (@blackfoodnw) a collaboration hub for Black and Brown communities to confront the systemic barriers that typically make food, place, and economic opportunities inaccessible.

Advancing advocacy & supporting the community:

To our Southeast Asian and greater Asian community, we understand that talking to family members and finding ways to educate ourselves on the history of #BlackLivesMatter and decolonizing our life is the first step to being part of the change. We encourage you to join us in allyship by supporting Black businesses, organizations, and most importantly educating yourselves. Remember that the revolution has many lanes.

To help you get started and be part of the change you can find at: Southeast Asian Anti-Racist Toolkit by SEArising

Black friends, family, colleagues, and community, we stand with you. Below you’ll find translations (to the best of our knowledge) from the Southeast Asian diaspora. SEA friends, please correct us if we are wrong. Remember we’re all learning and unlearning.

Black Lives Matter
Indonesian: Hidup Orang Berkulit Hitam Penting
Tagalog: sinusuportahan ko po ang kilusan ng Black Lives Matter
Vietnamese: Sinh mạng Người Da đen Đáng Trọng
Khmer: សម្រាប់ជីវិតមនុស្សស្បែកខ្មៅ
Malay Bhasa: saya menyokong pergerakan Black Lives Matter.
Thai: คนดำก็มีความหมาย
Lao: ຊີວິດຂອງຄົນດຳມີຄວາມສຳຄັນ
Burmese: လူမည်းတွေရဲ့ဘဝဟာကျိုးနပ်ပါတယ်
White Hmong: Neeg Dub Txoj Sia Muaj Nqi
Green Hmong: Yog vim le has taag lug nuav, kuv txha le paab txhawb “Black Lives Matter” los yog “Neeg Dlub Txuj Sa Muaj Nqe”

Black Lives Matter
Sending Peace + Love,
Beatriz Aurelio-Saguin & Christy Innouvong-Thornton, Founders, Tuk Tuk Box

Resources: 

Black Owned Businesses 

Southeast Asian Anti-Racist Toolkit by SEArising

Letters for Black Lives 

 

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