Here at State Of Flux, we treat everybody like family. So, we stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters of the AAPI community. Unfortunately, throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, we have seen an increase in hate crimes against the AAPI community - especially, in metropolitan areas like SF/Oakland, New York, and LA/OC. Even more upsetting, the most common targets of hate crimes within the AAPI community have been elders. These elders may barely speak English, not speak English at all, which makes dealing with and reporting hate crimes much more difficult.
Thankfully, Esther Lim, a second-generation Korean American born in LA, noticed the problem and has created the "How To Report A Hate Crime Booklet" in 9 different languages (Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Tagalog, Thai, Vietnamese, Spanish, and English). These booklets are vital for elders in the AAPI community who may not know how to use the internet or phones to report a hate crime. Made with high quality paper, and equipped with essential pages that provide room to write down detailed descriptions of incidents, these booklets are meant to be taken everywhere and used when in need. In addition, there are pages in the back of the booklet that are full of useful English phrases that can be used/shown to a bystander in the event of a hate crime.
We are proud to offer the "How To Report A Hate Crime Booklet" in 3 languages (Japanese, Korean, and Simplified Chinese) at the shop - free of charge. If you or anyone you know are in need of a booklet please come by the shop and get yours. If not local, Esther Lim has made it easy to order the booklet in your desired language at hatecrimebook.com.
Also, for those of you that missed it, we had the opportunity to team up with our good friends over at Dilitru to create a custom gold pendant and chain. The piece was raffled and all of the proceeds from the raffle were donated to the "How To Report A Hate Crime Booklet" printing fund.
Together, we can make our community safer for all - especially, those in need. If you have any questions regarding the booklet, all information is available at hatecrimebook.com.