LIVINGSTON, NJ — In response to the recent spate of Asian hate crimes, the Livingston High School (LHS) Chinese Culture Club, Chinese Honor Society and Filipino Club have been fundraising for Stop AAPI Hate, a non-profit organization that tracks and reports hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
As part of their collaborative fundraising efforts, the three clubs are currently selling crewneck sweatshirts featuring a dragon logo that LHS Chinese Culture Club Vice President Angelina Cheung said is intended to “represent the extraordinary strength” of the Livingston community “during these difficult times of struggle and pain.” The group has already raised nearly $400 and will continue to sell the sweatshirts through Friday, April 23.
“The widespread support we have received has been amazing,” said Cheung. “I would say the majority of orders are from students, [but] we have orders from communities as far as North Carolina. We also have some orders from LHS faculty...It demonstrates unity and is a sign of solidarity from the LHS community for this important issue.”
The clubs are also currently hosting a raffle that people can enter when they patronize Livingston’s Asian-owned businesses like Mosi 55, Asian Delite and Ani Ramen as well as student-run organizations such as Milk-Box Company, Boutique Koi, Art Socked and Clay by Shenpaii.
Raffle prizes include gift cards to the Asian-owned businesses, and the student-run businesses have agreed to donate a percentage of their sales from this fundraiser to Stop AAPI Hate.
“Livingston has many wonderful Asian-owned businesses,” said Cheung. “One business I would love to shout out is Mosi 55, a bubble tea shop that also sells poke bowls and rolled ice cream. Mosi 55 has continually supported the Asian community in Livingston. They were so kind to donate two gift cards for our Stop Asian Hate fundraiser raffle.”
Cheung expressed gratitude toward LHS Filpino Club advisor Dr. Michael Sunga for helping to facilitate the collaboration between the Chinese Culture Club and Filpino Club for the fundraiser and also credited LHS Chinese Culture Club advisor Xin Cai for the success of the fundraisers thus far.
“Without [Cai’s] support, we wouldn't even be able to host this fundraiser,” she said. “Ultimately, through this fundraiser, we hope to strengthen the Asian community through support of Asian-owned businesses and AAPI organizations.”
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