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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. 

Accomplishments

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!