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Intergenerational Participatory Action Research

14 Reseachers   |  11 Organizations

Coming to you

AAPI Women Lead tours California hosting the Movement Building Series to partner up with and learn from amazing AAPI women leaders. We receive feedback and ideas for our movement. Most importantly, we hear you. We hear your stories, your hardships and your victories. We build a voice together.


Thank you for Perch Coffee House in Oakland and Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) in San Jose for co-presenting and opening your doors to us.


Intergenerational Participatory Action Research

14 Reseachers   |  11 Organizations

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Researching Gender Violence in Asian and Pacific Islander Communities

This is AAPI Women Lead’s 1st national intergenerational participatory action research (IPAR) project on the intersections of race + gender violence against Asian + Pacific Islander communities.

Long ago, we noticed that there was very limited research about our experiences, especially on racial and gender violence against Asian and Pacific Islander communities. We knew that there was a HUGE need to collect our stories and we were TIRED of others telling our stories for us. We were also tired of the limited research coming from traditional institutions SO we decided to take matters into our own hands. 


With your help and the help of other funders, we were able to fundraise for and provide resources for our AAPI Women Lead community-powered and community-driven research project on racial and gender violence. This is the FIRST research project of its kind - where the COMMUNITY leads and conducts the research on violence in our  lives. 


We are finding out how OUR communities define violence; how WE have experienced violence through the centuries, decades, and years; and how we have been working and want to end violence from our communities’ perspectives. It’s a research project on violence created and powered by our communities. While we love numbers in research, this is about so much more than numbers. This is about our lives and our worlds. 

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The Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence is a national resource center on domestic violence, sexual violence, trafficking, and other forms of gender-based violence in Asian/Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.  

Their mission is to disrupt gender-based violence, which causes physical, sexual, emotional, spiritual and economic harm within AAPI communities throughout the U.S. and its territories.

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The National Organization of Asians and Pacific Islanders Ending Sexual Violence (NAPIESV) is a program under Monsoon Asians & Pacific Islanders in Solidarity, with a mission to support local and international community-based programs and governmental organizations in enhancing their services to victims of sexual violence from the Asian and Pacific Islander communities in the U.S., U.S. Territories in the Pacific, and Asia.


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SOIL provides transformative justice capacity building through education and skills building trainings.

In addition, they collaborate with strategic partners on transformative justice organizing, strategy, projects, facilitation, infrastructure creation (and/or strengthening) and resource development.

SOIL is led by educator and trainer Mia Mingus

We are incredibly grateful and honored to be able to work with API GBV, NAPIESV, and SOIL for providing support and trainings to our research team. Thank you to our volunteers and our funders, and thank you to the Anti-Racist Research & Policy Center for doing this work with us. 

IPAR Researcher Teams 

We have partnered with FOURTEEN community-driven researchers from ELEVEN different organizations across the United States and U.S. affiliated islands to work on this research project. All of our researchers are women, femme, and gender-expansive identified. Our researchers are representing New York, Iowa, Wisconsin, Georgia, American Samoa, Hawai’i, California, Massachusetts, and more! WE will be the ones to conduct research on our communities. And WE will be the ones to offer solutions (that are more than likely already happening) to the problem of violence.


This is an UNPRECEDENTED COLLABORATIVE research project that is rooted in the reclamation of our communities’ stories- collected by us, for us, and for systemic change.

This IPAR project has been 5 years in the making (along with 10 years of research training)!!! Through the support of our community, donors and funders we were able to fundraise to provide paid trainings, support, and materials for our researchers. We will continue to fundraise to support our community-driven research program. We could not have done this without you all. Please continue to donate to AAPI Women Lead so that we can continue this work: 


We're SO happy to share this project and the brilliance of our partner organizations with you all. If you have any questions related to the IPAR project, please direct your inquiries to


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