Act Now! Relief Needed After Massive Earthquake Strikes Nepal

Infographic depicting the Nepal earthquake's epicentre, 50 miles northwest of Kathmandu. Infographic credit: BBC.
Infographic depicting the Nepal earthquake’s epicentre, 50 miles northwest of Kathmandu. Infographic credit: BBC.

At least 3,600 are dead — and the death toll is expected to rise — after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal on Saturday. Avalanches and building collapses have threatened the life and safety of Nepali throughout the country, and damage to local transportation infrastructure have significantly complicated access for relief workers.

Nonetheless, multiple aid and relief organizations are now working around the clock in Nepal in aid, recovery and reconstruction efforts following the destruction caused by the earthquake and its aftershocks.

After the jump, here is a list of reputable relief agencies that could use your help.

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A Master-List of #AAPI Non-Profit Groups for 2014’s #GivingTuesday!

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Did you participate in the #NotOneDime boycott of Black Friday in solidarity with Ferguson supporters, which may have contributed to the day’s reported 11% drop in sales relative to previous years? Did you reject the crass consumerism of Cyber Monday? Hopefully, you’ve got a little bit of extra change in your pocket then; and I’ve got just the groups that could use it!

Today, is the third annual Giving Tuesday, a day to encourage community members to be inspired by the holidays and give to their favourite charities and non-profit organizations.

For those of us in the Asian American & Pacific Islander community, it can be hard to know what organizations are out there. In previous years, Giving Tuesday had created a registry of participating non-profits, but only a few AAPI groups were listed. So, last year, I created a master-list of AAPI non-profits and invited you to browse the site and pick one (or more!) to donate to. This year, I’ve updated the master-list, and it appears after the jump.

However, before you click through, I strongly encourage you to consider donating to the Boggs Center’s trust for Grace Lee Boggs’ hospice care. The trustees of the fund are dedicating one hundred percent of donations to Boggs’ medical and caregiver costs, to offset the $8000/month bill she has been facing since entering hospice care earlier in the year. As Boggs’ trustees write:

Grace has always put the needs of others before her own. But now she is in need of your support.

You can contribute to the Boggs Center’s trust for Grace Lee Boggs here.

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Please help Angry Asian Man stay angry!

Phil of Angry Asian Man, as illustrated for Secret Identities: Shattered by Jerry Ma.
Phil of Angry Asian Man, as illustrated for Secret Identities: Shattered by Jerry Ma.

In comic books, Superman was the first: the first person to don the cape and briefs and call himself a superhero. In Asian American blogging, that dude is Phil of Angry Asian Man.

I wrote earlier this week about my celebration after 12 years of Reappropriate, including how the genesis of this site involved a time when Angry Asian Man was basically the first and only Asian American identity blog on the web.

Phil’s always been a pretty private person, keeping a nice delineation between his blogging self and his real-life self. For a long time, he (like I) blogged anonymously, and I even remember the news article that first unmasked Phil as the man behind Angry Asian Man.

Over the last 13 years, Angry Asian Man has been the go-to site for Asian American lifestyle and identity politics, amassing tens of thousands of clicks a week. And for whatever combination of reasons, we assume that maintaining a blog of that size and profile is easy: throw a few words into your WordPress, splash on a Google image, and voila — instant web revenue!

Nothing could be farther from the truth.

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