The mission of the Asian American Resource Workshop is to work for the empowerment of the Asian Pacific American community to achieve its full participation in U.S. society.  We are a member-based organization that  uses arts, education, and activism to build the skills and political analysis of our pan-Asian membership. Our resources and activities are used to respond to current Asian Pacific American issues and to promote Asian Pacific American identity.


Carolyn Chou,  Executive Director

Kevin Lam, Organizing Director

Janhavi Madabushi, Education and Outreach Coordinator

Janet Gee, Administrative Manager 

Board of Directors

AARW Board members are democratically elected from within the membership. Board Members meet once a month to discuss key decisions affecting AARW’s membership at large, and to maintain fiscal and legal responsibility for organizational operations. AARW's Board members have been pivotal in moving the organization forward over the years. 

  • Nam Le, President
  • Aaron Tanaka, Treasurer
  • Lorrayne Shen, Secretary
  • Joanne Chan
  • Lukas Dow
  • Brandon Lee
  • Celina Lee
  • Laurence Louie
  • Paul Penchalapadu
  • Kimberly Situ
  • Tara Venkatraman
  • Angela Vo
  • Johannes Wilson

Organizational History

Founded in 1979 as one of the Boston area's first pan-Asian organizations, AARW is an intergenerational social justice nonprofit that promotes Asian American identity while addressing contemporary issues affecting our communities.  Originally based in Chinatown, we are now located in Dorchester and focused on the Greater Boston area. 


Since 1979, AARW has:

  • Actively worked with local groups on issues such as Secure Communities and the DREAM Act

  • Initiated the Asian Pacific American Agenda Coalition (APAAC)

  • Helped launch the Chinatown Voter Education/Registration Project

  • Played a key role in the Coalition to Protect Parcel C for Chinatown

  • Published the first Massachusetts Asian Pacific American Directory

  • Developed a Southeast Asian Studies curriculum for local schools

  • Held the first Boston area exhibition of Asian American artists

  • Produced numerous social justice documentary films and research reports

  • Published the Asian American Comic Book

  • Started the SafetyNet Hate Violence Prevention Project to aid victims of anti-Asian violence


We continue to work for systemic social change through a pan-Asian lens -- Become a member today and build with us!