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Year of the Ox: Ways to Celebrate and Advocate

Updated: Apr 30, 2023

This is an ongoing Blog Post. Updates are being made constantly to include more resources

Sun Nien Fai Lok! That's right, the biggest celebration on the Lunar Calendar has finally arrived. However given the current climate and recent attacks on members of our Asian/Pacific Islander community, it seems like a strange time to be celebrating. But it's the Year of the Ox and I say it's time we stop putting up with this Bull (pun definitely intended) and take this opportunity to learn, educate, advocate, support, and celebrate.

Covid-19 has caused a sharp increase in racially charged hate crimes towards Asian Americans in 2020 and 2021, with a reported 2,600 reports between March - August 2020. We've seen the blatant racism in rhetoric and in voting for condemning anti-Asian sentiment during Covid. We were witnesses to murders, attacks, and robberies, which ultimately led to an entire task force dedicated to protecting our API brothers and sisters.

But this year has also been a great year for representation and awareness, such as supporting local Asian-owned businesses, which were hit hard during the pandemic and breaking the mold of the Model Minority Myth as we finally projected our voices to say we've had enough.

I hope this post allows you to find ways to support the API community. Whether you are joining in festivities or a movement for change, here is a list of various resources, businesses, films, books, and creatives you can support.

*Note that this blog post includes mostly East Asian resources


Report Hate Incidents at STOP APPI HATE

Asian Mental Health Collective - Directory of APISAA Therapists

Subtle Asian Mental Health - offering 1 on 1 supportive listening sessions on Facebook

GoFundMe for 84 year old victim Vicha Ratanapakdee


@honeysuckle - YouTube / Buy her Cookbook here

SHOPS AND/OR SMALL BUSINESSES (see also Artists/Creators)


Custom Cakes/Sweets


Home Decor/Paintings

Asian Pride Apparel/Accessories/Clothing



2075 Exeter Road

Germantown, TN 38138


1730 S Germantown Rd #115

Germantown, TN 38138


Good Fortune Company *sign up for the Lunar New Year Pop-Up here


DM for orders

3316 Summer Ave

Memphis, TN 38122


DM for orders

DM for orders - will be in Memphis on 2/27 and 2/28 for pick up

2060 West St

Germantown, TN 38138


2072 West St

Germantown, TN 38138


4724 Poplar Ave

Memphis, TN 38117


2149 Young Ave

Memphis, TN 38104


@crazynoodle 2015 Madison Ave

Memphis, TN 38104


2013 Madison Ave

Memphis, TN 38104


2116 Madison Ave

Memphis, TN 38104


875 W Poplar Ave #19

Collierville, TN 38017


Golden City

815 Exocet Dr

Cordova, TN 38018



3402 Poplar Avenue

Memphis, TN 38111


Mem Dim Sum

Food Truck

17 S. Highland St

Memphis, TN 38111


1605 N Germantown Pkwy

Cordova, TN 38016


2936 Kirby Whitten Rd

Bartlett, TN 38134


1615 Madison Ave

Memphis, TN 38104



Alex's Good Fortune by Benson Shum

Kudo Kids Series by Maia and Alex Shibutani

Sweet and Sour: Tales From China by Yao-Wen Li, Carol Kendall

Find more books for all ages here and here and here


MOVIES TO WATCH (see also The APAHM Project)

For a Valentine's/Lunar New Year Combo

To All the Boys I've Loved Before - Netflix

To All the Boys I've Loved Before: P.S. I Still Love You - Netflix

To All the Boys I've Loved Before: Always and Forever - Available 2/12 on Netflix

Always Be My Maybe - Netflix

All My Life - Available 2/16 on Amazon Prime

Crazy Rich Asians - HBO Max

For the Immigrant Story/American Dream

Minari - Buy online tickets here

Tiger Tail - Netflix

The Joy Luck Club - Rent here

For Education

Asian American - Stream all episodes on PBS

February is also Black History Month. This documentary touches on the Civil Right

Movement and Black/Asian solidarity of the 1960s. It also elaborates on the divide

between the two groups due to xenophobia and racism from the white community

Far East Deep South - Free Virtual screening tickets here

Movies I've Been Wanting to See

Yellow Rose - Rent or buy here

Linsanity - Rent or buy here

Lucky Grandma - Rent or buy here or Available on ShowTime

Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong - Hulu

Other Great Asian-led or Directed Movies

The Farewell - Amazon Prime

Over the Moon - Netflix

Shoplifters - Hulu

Parasite - Hulu

Okja - Netflix

Your Name - Rent or buy here

Free Solo - Disney +


Bao - Disney +

One Small Step - Vimeo

Nian - YouTube


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