Gene S. Kanamori, President & CEO, Keiro
As our nation continues to battle a pandemic, there is an ongoing increase in anti-Asian hate crimes, resulting in the tragic shooting in Atlanta two weeks ago. Throughout the past year, nearly 4,000 hate-related incidents against Asian Americans have been reported with a growing number of older adults, specifically women, being targeted (Stop AAPI Hate 2021).
With the safety and wellbeing of older adults at the forefront, Keiro is partnering with local community organizations to increase public safety and awareness. Keiro provided an emergency funding grant to the Little Tokyo Public Safety Association/Koban to ensure safety of residents and visitors of Little Tokyo, which is home to thousands of Asian American older adults. In partnership with Little Tokyo Service Center, Keiro is widely disseminating these safety tips, in multiple languages, to raise awareness and keep our community members safe. We encourage all community members to share these tips and more importantly, remain aware of your surroundings when going outside. We should not have to be fearful when going out ̶ but we do need to remain vigilant.
- Be aware of your surroundings
- Conduct errands in pairs or with others, when possible
- Limit distractions such as phone or headphone use when in public
- Prioritize your own safety while remaining vigilant
- Talk about concerns or worries with others
If you witness or experience an anti-Asian incident, report them to Stop AAPI Hate at stopaapihate.org
Keiro will host a series of online webinars, with the first one on Thursday, April 8th with Ronald Y. Ito, to share safety tips and guidelines for us to feel safer and more aware when we go out in public. Additional safety webinars are being added throughout the month of April. Registration for these free webinars is available at keiro.org.
We continue to live in extraordinary times, and as we have urged throughout this entire pandemic, everyone must remain informed and knowledgeable in order to effectively protect ourselves and our loved ones.
Page for our safety resources are available here.
For 60 years, Keiro has focused on improving the quality of life for older adults and their caregivers in the Japanese American community of Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura counties. Keiro provides a range of culturally-sensitive programs and resources, in both English and Japanese, to meet the evolving needs of our aging community. In everything we do, we advance our mission through a person-centered, innovative, and collaborative approach. To learn more, visit keiro.org.