Our Work

AARW's programming is broad and flexible to meet the needs of our diverse communitie(s). Most of our work, however, falls within the three areas of arts & culture, political education, and organizing & activism.

Arts & Culture

Boston Asian American Film Festival 

The Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF) empowers Asian Americans through film by showcasing Asian American experiences and serving as a resource to filmmakers and the Greater Boston Community. BAAFF is the largest Asian American film festival in New England. Currently just finishing its fourth year, it has steadily increased its following to roughly 1,000 individuals throughout the year. 

In addition to the annual film festival, Short Waves is screened in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May. Asian Pacific Americans have long been making waves in all aspects of American life, but their stories have often been lost in general U.S. discourse. “Short Waves: Stories Shaping Our Community,” hopes to bring light to these stories through locally made, community driven short films about the Asian American experience and community.

Writers' Group

Started in the fall of 2006, AARW's Writers' Group has steadily developed into a hub for both accomplished writers as well as budding writers alike as a safe space to refine their craft. Members come together on a regular basis to share and discuss writings & ideas, get and provide support, and practice exercises to keep writing skills fresh.

In the fall of 2012, AARW's Writers' Group published their first book, entitled Asian Voices in Beantown. Unique in their particularities, universal in their resonance, these stories reveal experiences of Asia America that call historical Boston their home. The resilient voices move through the challenges of justice deferred and celebrate the complexities of family, love, memory, and imagination.

For more information or to order a copy of the book, please email info@aarw.org.

Political Education

Sticky Rice Project

The Sticky Rice Project (SRP) is a series of anti-oppression trainings with an Asian American lens. Our aim is to create a community of Asian/Asian American social justice educators who are supported in building curriculum development and facilitation skills. We have four current working groups: Model Minority Myth/Mutiny, Health Equity, Fighting Anti-Muslim Violence, and Fighting Anti-Black Racism. Each of these groups meet to develop curriculum and to facilitate workshops at schools, community centers, and conferences throughout the Boston area. We welcome any new members who are interested in being part of this process!

If you have any questions or would like to be involved with a working group, please email: janhavi@aarw.org.

Organizing & Activism

Dorchester Organizing and Training Initiative

The Dorchester Organizing and Training Initiative (DOT-I) seeks to develop community leadership for Vietnamese-identified people in Dorchester.  Our focus is to build capacity and a nurturing safe space for young adult Vietnamese-Americans with the desire to create social change in the community by engaging in social issues such as civic engagement, housing, healthcare and workers’ wages.  We believe in winning with the collective power of the Vietnamese community in Dorchester.

The DOT-I Fellowship Program provides a great opportunity for young adults hoping to develop leadership skills and competencies through various trainings on community organizing and activism.  Though there are many programs and services within the Vietnamese community, there is a lack of opportunities for young adults to stay connected and be leaders in their communities of Dorchester.  The program is looking for Vietnamese-identified residents, students, and local workers who desire to transform their own ideas, share a passion in community networking, AND aspire to democratically build the collective voice of the Vietnamese community.

For more information about DOT-I, email kevin@aarw.org