Phillip Lim is on a mission to root out hate against Asian-Americans

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The designer believes that fashion brands can play a powerful role in building movements against racism. For months, it’s been hard to watch the news. Every time an elderly Asian person is violently shoved or beaten on the sidewalk, I worry that my mother—a Chinese woman in her 60s—might be next, and I feel helpless. But as I try to distract myself by scrolling through Instagram, I’ve unexpectedly found comfort following fashion designer Phillip Lim, who has spent the last few months advocating relentlessly for the Asian community. Read Full Story

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3 design-led ways to support the AAPI community

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Illustrations of your favorite buildings, rad T-shirts, and a mega design raffle. Anti-Asian violence has risen dramatically since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, culminating in the horrific shooting in Atlanta last month. Six of the eight people killed were women of Asian descent. Now, Asian-American Pacific Islander (AAPI) designers and allies are using their design skills to advocate for change in small but meaningful ways. Read Full Story

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Why Cracklin’ Oat Bran is key to Daniel Dae Kim’s productive morning

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If you work 24 hours a day, like he does, you better eat a good breakfast. I got the coronavirus early on, while filming New Amsterdam in New York in March. I felt a scratch in my throat on the plane back to Hawaii, where I live, so I quarantined when I got home and then got tested at a drive-through center. I spoke about it on Instagram in case people found it informative and because I wanted to call out racist behavior against Asian Americans. Read Full Story

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How to support Asian-owned businesses: Yelp just made it easier

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Users can now search for businesses that identify as Asian-owned on Yelp. In the last year, America has seen a dramatic increase in the number of hate crimes committed against Asians and Asian-Americans. Though there are many complex historical and social factors leading to the perpetuation of crimes against Asian communities, there are links that suggest the explosion of such crimes in the past year specifically has been fueled by right-wing rhetoric blaming China for the COVID-19 epidemic. Read Full Story

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This new mask uses a secret weapon against COVID-19: science

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Fashion design has skated by on dubious PPE. This landmark mask rights that trend. In 2020, we’ve seen just about every business in the world performatively toss around the word safe when they talk about all the precautions they’re taking to protect customers and employees. That mentality extends to many mask designs, which have pushed fashionable aesthetics first and validity second . . . or not at all. Read Full Story

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These groups are fighting anti-Asian violence in America. Here’s how you can help them

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Groups that work to combat anti-Asian hate crimes have been mobilizing online, but they need help. A suspect is in custody after a wave of shootings at three Atlanta-area spas left eight people dead on Tuesday. Six of the victims were reportedly women of Asian decent, and while details are still emerging, the shooting spree comes amid a dramatic rise in violence and hate crimes against Asians and Asian Americans. According to recent data from the Stop AAPI Hate reporting center, nearly 3,300 anti-Asian hate incidents—including verbal harassment, physical assault, and civil rights violations—were reported in 2020, and more than 500 were reported so far in 2021. Read Full Story

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COVID-19 upended fashion trends, but will they last? History offers some clues

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For a peek into fashion’s future, look to the past. For years, I’ve resisted the lure of the sweatpant, from the velour Juicy Couture sweatsuits of the 2000s to the Lululemon joggers of the 2010s. But 2020 broke me. When the pandemic hit the U.S. and it became clear I’d be confined to my home, I stocked up on the softest, comfiest sweatpants I could find . I’ve stayed wrapped in their cosy embrace for nine months straight. Read Full Story

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