The recent killings of Michelle Go, Christina Yuna Lee, Yuliya Li, Sihui Fang and one unidentified Chinese woman in Albuquerque have left the Asian community—particularly women—shaken, frustrated, scared and heartbroken.
These deaths come less than one year after the Atlanta spa shootings that left eight dead, including six Asian women, and amid almost two years of anti-Asian racism due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And despite all of the pleading and calls to #StopAsianHate, there seems to be no end in sight to the violence and hatred against our community.
It’s clear that Asian women need support and community more than ever, which is why the The RepresentASIAN Project is presenting a new initiative for the month of March to support Asian women and their mental well-being.
“Collective Healing” is both a virtual support group and fundraiser created by Asian women for Asian women and gender-diverse folks.
The support group will consist of four 90-minute virtual group sessions led by psychotherapists and music therapists (two of whom are from The RepresentASIAN Project team). Groups will run on Zoom every Monday in March from 7-8:30pm EST starting March 7th and are available to Asian women and gender diverse folks ages 18+ who wish to gather in community and share space with one another in healing.
Each group session will be capped at 20 participants and will include breathwork, journalling, discussion and music.
The groups will be facilitated by Madelyn Chung, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) and founder and editor-in-chief of The RepresentASIAN Project, Rebekah Lim, Accredited Music Therapist and art director of The RepresentASIAN Project and Tiffany Sebastianpillai, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), Accredited Music Therapist and founder of Tiffany Music Therapy.
Registration for each session will open at 10am EST on the Tuesday prior to each Monday evening session, starting on March 1st.
Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis with priority given to newcomers each week, and the first eligible 20 registrants for each session will be emailed a Zoom link for the session they are attending.
You can register on our website at representasianproject.com/collective-healing-registration.
Since we want to make this support group as accessible as possible, we are using a pay-what-you-can model. Payments can be made via our fundraising page at bit.ly/repasian-healing-group. All proceeds from this group will go towards proj1907, a grassroots group of Asian women, working to elevate Asian voices that are underrepresented and undervalued in mainstream discourse.
Those wishing to support this initiative without attending the group sessions are welcome and encouraged to donate to this fundraiser.
Donations and proceeds will be generously matched up to $3,000 CAD by Paris Jewellers, a Canadian-Vietnamese women-owned and operated jewelry company helmed by two sisters Chau and Trang, and up to $10,000 CAD by Vicky Tsai, founder of Tatcha.