Asian Immigrant Women Advocates (AIWA)

Asian Immigrant Women Advocates (AIWA) Asian Immigrant Women Advocates (AIWA) was founded in 1983 in recognition of the needs of low-income Asian immigrant women. AIWA works with women workers employed in the garment, hotel, restaurant, electronics assembly and other low-wage industries in Oakland, San Francisco, and Santa Clara County’s “Silicon Valley”.

AIWA seeks to empower women through education, leadership development and collective action, so that they can fight for dignity and justice in their working and living conditions. We developed a leadership program that empowers immigrant women and youth to develop and take their leadership skills and knowledge to scale. The Community Transformational Organizing Strategy provides immigrant women an

AIWA seeks to empower women through education, leadership development and collective action, so that they can fight for dignity and justice in their working and living conditions. We developed a leadership program that empowers immigrant women and youth to develop and take their leadership skills and knowledge to scale. The Community Transformational Organizing Strategy provides immigrant women an

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Women leaders at AIWA condemn the racist and sexist killing of our Asian sisters at Asian spas in Atlanta. #stopasiansha...
03/27/2021

Women leaders at AIWA condemn the racist and sexist killing of our Asian sisters at Asian spas in Atlanta. #stopasianshate

The volunteer positions are still open to those who are interested! Please join us if you have a passion for helping and...
02/04/2021

The volunteer positions are still open to those who are interested! Please join us if you have a passion for helping and teaching immigrant women! We are looking forward to seeing you soon!

More information on Literacy Teacher volunteering! Please share this with those around you. And join us if you are inter...
01/15/2021

More information on Literacy Teacher volunteering! Please share this with those around you. And join us if you are interested!

Congratulations to our YBIP high school grads!
06/29/2020

Congratulations to our YBIP high school grads!

My name is Li Xia. In this unprecedented pandemic crisis, many home care workers who are moms like me will be observing ...
05/01/2020

My name is Li Xia. In this unprecedented pandemic crisis, many home care workers who are moms like me will be observing Mother’s day by risking their lives to help their clients with their daily activities. To protect ourselves and our seniors, we have to make and buy our own masks, gloves and sanitizers.

To our employers, we are essential, but our lives are not valued. The working conditions of these jobs have hazards that put mothers like us at a higher risk of getting and spreading the illness to people we care for.

This Mother’s Day, please #GiveInMay and support AIWA’s work with immigrant moms who are essential and often undervalued workers like me. Your contribution helps us continue to advocate for our rights, our health and our safety. Thank you!

What is important about AIWA’s work in the community?“At AIWA we come together to help build a stronger society that val...
12/20/2019

What is important about AIWA’s work in the community?
“At AIWA we come together to help build a stronger society that values immigrants, women, youth and workers.” “It is important to lift up our voices to improve our health, safety, wages and working conditions.” “Together we must continue advancing and training more leaders to keep our voices strong.”
Thank you for sharing our vision and values. Please also share your generosity with AIWA this year end!
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Thanks for supporting AIWA! Here are some highlights and memories from 2019:• We offered weekly English classes and seve...
12/17/2019

Thanks for supporting AIWA! Here are some highlights and memories from 2019:
• We offered weekly English classes and several current event themed workshops for over 100 immigrant women and youth on workers rights, immigrant rights, women’s movement and the importance of community organizing!

• We have trained over 200 immigrant women workers on ways to protect themselves from exposure to toxic chemicals both in their workplaces and at home.

• We developed the core leadership of over 70 women and youth to advocate for themselves and the community.

• AIWA home care worker committee successfully campaigned to increase their wages on the par with the Oakland minimum wage.

• AIWA youth and women leaders mobilized for marches and rallies to promote immigrant, women’s and workers’ rights. AIWA leaders also conducted outreach and collected community petitions in solidarity with other groups.
Please continue to support our work and boost our reach in the coming year!
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AIWA Workplace Literacy (WPL) classes are currently looking for volunteer to teach English to immigrant women. If you're...
10/31/2019
Volunteer

AIWA Workplace Literacy (WPL) classes are currently looking for volunteer to teach English to immigrant women. If you're interested, please email us at [email protected]

or visit our website: http://www.aiwa.org/volunteer/

Asian Immigrant Women Advocates (AIWA) is a non-profit, community-based organization that has been providing resources to low-income Asian immigrant women workers for over 30 years. AIWA works with women workers employed in the home care, beauty, garment, hotel, assembly, restaurant and other low-wa...

AIWA Workplace Literacy (WPL) classes are currently looking for volunteer to teach English to immigrant women. If you're...
10/24/2019
Volunteer

AIWA Workplace Literacy (WPL) classes are currently looking for volunteer to teach English to immigrant women. If you're interested, please email us at [email protected]

or visit our website: http://www.aiwa.org/volunteer/

Asian Immigrant Women Advocates (AIWA) is a non-profit, community-based organization that has been providing resources to low-income Asian immigrant women workers for over 30 years. AIWA works with women workers employed in the home care, beauty, garment, hotel, assembly, restaurant and other low-wa...

AIWA Workplace Literacy (WPL) classes are currently looking for volunteer to teach English to immigrant women. If you're...
10/10/2019
Volunteer

AIWA Workplace Literacy (WPL) classes are currently looking for volunteer to teach English to immigrant women. If you're interested, please email us at [email protected]

or visit our website: http://www.aiwa.org/volunteer/

Asian Immigrant Women Advocates (AIWA) is a non-profit, community-based organization that has been providing resources to low-income Asian immigrant women workers for over 30 years. AIWA works with women workers employed in the home care, beauty, garment, hotel, assembly, restaurant and other low-wa...

AIWA Workplace Literacy (WPL) classes are starting September 17th, 2019 until December 10th 2019. We are currently looki...
10/02/2019

AIWA Workplace Literacy (WPL) classes are starting September 17th, 2019 until December 10th 2019. We are currently looking for volunteer to teach English to immigrant women. If you're interested, please email us at [email protected]

or visit our website: http://www.aiwa.org/volunteer/

AIWA Workplace Literacy (WPL) classes are starting September 17th, 2019 until December 10th 2019. We are currently looki...
09/25/2019
Volunteer

AIWA Workplace Literacy (WPL) classes are starting September 17th, 2019 until December 10th 2019. We are currently looking for volunteer to teach English to immigrant women. If you're interested, please email us at [email protected]

or visit our website: http://www.aiwa.org/volunteer/

Asian Immigrant Women Advocates (AIWA) is a non-profit, community-based organization that has been providing resources to low-income Asian immigrant women workers for over 30 years. AIWA works with women workers employed in the home care, beauty, garment, hotel, assembly, restaurant and other low-wa...

AIWA Workplace Literacy (WPL) classes are starting September 17th, 2019 until December 10th 2019. We are currently looki...
09/11/2019

AIWA Workplace Literacy (WPL) classes are starting September 17th, 2019 until December 10th 2019. We are currently looking for volunteer to teach English to immigrant women. If you're interested, please email us at [email protected]

or visit our website: http://www.aiwa.org/volunteer/

“It’s important to recognize the risks so we can improve our working conditions and not get injured. I'm proud of how AI...
09/02/2019
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“It’s important to recognize the risks so we can improve our working conditions and not get injured. I'm proud of how AIWA is honoring the spirit of Labor Day and I hope you are too. Thank you for your support for workers and for AIWA.”
–Lan Fong Lau
If Lan Fong’s experience speaks to you, please consider supporting her efforts with a donation this Labor Day through MightyCause!

https://givingtuesday.mightycause.com/donate/Asian-Immigrant-Women-Advocates)

This year, we have 8 Nepali and 9 Chinese Peer Trainers who are showing their co-workers how to recognize and respond to...
08/19/2019
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This year, we have 8 Nepali and 9 Chinese Peer Trainers who are showing their co-workers how to recognize and respond to common chemical hazards. We are on track to train over 200 low-wage workers this summer!
Here are some comments from this summer's worker safety training participants:
• “I enjoyed learning about chemicals’ side effects and how to dispose chemicals safely.”
• “I was amazed that simple things can affect our bodies badly.”
• “I learned about our right to trainings to prevent chemical hazard before we start to work.”
• “I got new information that could be useful for my future.”
• “Listening to the trainers talk about the situations they went through was very helpful.”
• “I learned about safe alternatives to cleaning supplies.”
• “I liked the interactive training.”
• “I got a lot of very good information that’s very helpful to me at my workplace.”
• “During the training, the trainers gave very clear, detailed, and easy-to-understand explanations.”
• “I liked the friendly environment and enjoyed hearing everybody’s thoughts.”
• “I liked learning about the different types of chemical hazards and how to protect ourselves.”
• “Learning about the hazard signs (symbols) was important.”

If these workers’ experiences speak to your heart, please consider supporting the worker safety training program with a donation this Labor Day through MightyCause!

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Since 2009, we have trained more than 130 Chinese, Korean, Mien & Nepali Peer Trainers, who then trained more than 1,500...
08/19/2019
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Since 2009, we have trained more than 130 Chinese, Korean, Mien & Nepali Peer Trainers, who then trained more than 1,500 immigrant workers to recognize and speak up about ergonomic, fall prevention, workplace violence and chemical hazards!
If you are moved by AIWA’s worker safety efforts, please consider supporting with a donation this Labor Day. Donations can be made by mail or online through MightyCause

https://givingtuesday.mightycause.com/donate/Asian-Immigrant-Women-Advocates)

My name is Lan Fong and I am a Peer Organizer at AIWA. More than 100 years after Labor Day was founded, workplace safety...
08/15/2019
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My name is Lan Fong and I am a Peer Organizer at AIWA. More than 100 years after Labor Day was founded, workplace safety is still one of the most important ways to improve working conditions for immigrant workers like me.
I work multiple jobs including as a food service and home care worker, and I know how important it is to prevent injuries and make my workplaces safer and healthier. That’s why for 10 years at AIWA we have been training our peers and co-workers to avoid injuries.

If Lan Fong’s experience speaks to you, please consider supporting her efforts with a donation this Labor Day through MightyCause!

https://givingtuesday.mightycause.com/donate/Asian-Immigrant-Women-Advocates)

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AIWA youth and women rallying, marching and chanting for better working conditions, unity, and just immigrant policies, ...
05/15/2019

AIWA youth and women rallying, marching and chanting for better working conditions, unity, and just immigrant policies, in solidarity with other immigrant groups and activists and supporters on May Day.

Please support AIWA this Mother's Day! For over 35 years, AIWA has provided hope for immigrant women workers like my mom...
05/10/2019
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Please support AIWA this Mother's Day! For over 35 years, AIWA has provided hope for immigrant women workers like my mom while also supporting the leadership of immigrant youth like me and my sister.

Your contributions to AIWA are greatly appreciated by the Asian immigrant women and youth who are currently fighting all kinds of injustices that still exist within the community. By donating, you are not just supporting AIWA the organization, but also you are acknowledging and lifting up the efforts that the immigrant women and youth put into each campaign.

-Sherry Su, AIWA Program Coordinator

If you would like to make a donation, please visit: https://www.razoo.com/story/Asian-Immigrant-Women-Advocates/

On March 15th, 2019, 8 AIWA women leaders attended a meeting of home care workers at the UCLA Labor Center located in do...
04/18/2019

On March 15th, 2019, 8 AIWA women leaders attended a meeting of home care workers at the UCLA Labor Center located in downtown LA. 34 Korean, Filipino and Chinese home care workers from LA and Oakland came together to share their challenges and their hopes. With simultaneous interpretation in four languages (Cantonese, Korean, Tagalog and English), home care workers exchanged their lived experiences about how they have been addressing workplace injustice and brainstormed together how they can work together to improve their working conditions and their client's health and well-being.

This event, sponsored by University of Toronto, SSHRC and UCLA Labor Center, marked the beginning of a much-needed grassroots dialogue among API home care workers whose work is critical to the ever-aging population we have in our society.

Overall, it was such an inspiring trip for AIWA women leaders who had fun travelling to LA together.

On March 14th, 2019, AIWA women leaders Donghua and Lixia travelled to UCLA to give a presentation about AIWA and its gr...
04/18/2019

On March 14th, 2019, AIWA women leaders Donghua and Lixia travelled to UCLA to give a presentation about AIWA and its grassroots leadership model. They shared how they have found a platform to gain leadership skills along with other Asian immigrant women, and what it is like working as an Asian immigrant home care worker in our society. They shared with the students their working conditions, their benefits, and the pay.

When asked about their experiences, Lixia responded, “I would like to say a big thank you to UCLA student Nic, and UCLA professor Jennifer. We were nervous at first but their warm welcomes gave us the courage to speak in front of the class and to share our experience. Thank you all for this amazing experience.”Donghua echoed, “Being able to talk face to face with UCLA students in a UCLA classroom was an opportunity of a lifetime. “

On February 13th, 2019 our youth leaders held a parent meeting night for AYU (Asian Youth United) members and their fami...
03/28/2019

On February 13th, 2019 our youth leaders held a parent meeting night for AYU (Asian Youth United) members and their family. Youth leaders introduced the youth programs we have and the different projects they were working on. AIWA women also came to support youth leaders with logistics and spoke about their activities as well. Through this meeting, parents were able to learn about the extracurricular activities their children are participating in, and the skills they learn through these workshops.

Parents were very happy their child is part of AYU, and through AYU they see their child becoming more confident and active outside of school. Some of the parents could not make it, but their older siblings came to show their support. It was a great success with good food and warm welcomes.

AIWA Workplace Literacy (WPL) classes are looking for  Volunteer English Teachers to teach English to Asian Immigrant Wo...
03/14/2019
Volunteer

AIWA Workplace Literacy (WPL) classes are looking for Volunteer English Teachers to teach English to Asian Immigrant Women. It will be every Tuesdays, 6:00PM-8:00PM from April 2nd, 2019 to the end of May 2019. If you are interested, please email us at [email protected]
or visit our website: http://www.aiwa.org/volunteer/

Asian Immigrant Women Advocates (AIWA) is a non-profit, community-based organization that has been providing resources to low-income Asian immigrant women workers for over 30 years. AIWA works with women workers employed in the home care, beauty, garment, hotel, assembly, restaurant and other low-wa...

On January 29th, 2019, approximately 40 Chinese speaking Home Care workers met with union representatives from SEIU Loca...
02/16/2019

On January 29th, 2019, approximately 40 Chinese speaking Home Care workers met with union representatives from SEIU Local 2015 and engaged in a constructive dialogue about hiring a Chinese bilingual organizer in the Alameda County.

On February 1st, 2019, youth leaders welcomed new members and potential members at their annual general meeting. During ...
02/11/2019

On February 1st, 2019, youth leaders welcomed new members and potential members at their annual general meeting. During the meeting, YBIP youth leaders introduced Community Action and Leadership Development Training.

If you are interested in learning more about the YBIP program, please visit: https://www.aiwa.org/youth-2/

02/10/2019

The Nepali WPL program is currently looking for volunteers to teach English to Nepali women. It will be every Tuesday 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM or Saturday 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at El Cerrito (Rainbow center, not yet confirmed).

If you are interested, please email us at [email protected] or email Yan at [email protected]

On Jan. 19th, 2019, more than 40 Chinese and Nepali immigrant women and youth marched to challenge relentless attacks on...
02/01/2019

On Jan. 19th, 2019, more than 40 Chinese and Nepali immigrant women and youth marched to challenge relentless attacks on women‘s rights, uplift the voice of limited English speaking immigrant women, and stand with women here in the United States and around the world.

Thank you to everyone who came and joined us for the March!

Lunar New Year is coming on February 5th and the Oakland Chinatown community is busy preparing to celebrate the Year of ...
01/31/2019
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Lunar New Year is coming on February 5th and the Oakland Chinatown community is busy preparing to celebrate the Year of the Earth Pig!

According to astrologists, 2019 will be a generous year grounded in feminine (Yin) energy that encourages stability, determination, and a steady increase in wealth, opportunities and growth.

If you’d like to send AIWA a “lucky money” donation to grow and fertilize our work in the coming year, please visit: https://www.razoo.com/story/Asian-Immigrant-Women-Advocates/

Thanks and Happy New Year!

AIWA Workplace Literacy (WPL) classes are starting February 12th, 2019 until May 28th 2019. We are currently looking for...
01/24/2019
Volunteer

AIWA Workplace Literacy (WPL) classes are starting February 12th, 2019 until May 28th 2019. We are currently looking for voluneers to teach English to immigrant women. If you're interested, please email us at [email protected]

or visit our website: http://www.aiwa.org/volunteer/

Asian Immigrant Women Advocates (AIWA) is a non-profit, community-based organization that has been providing resources to low-income Asian immigrant women workers for over 30 years. AIWA works with women workers employed in the home care, beauty, garment, hotel, assembly, restaurant and other low-wa...

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Asian Immigrant Women Advocates (AIWA) is a community-based organization primarily concerned with developing the collective leadership of low-income immigrant women and youth to organize for positive changes in their living and working conditions. AIWA develops the skills, experiences and leadership opportunities for limited English speaking immigrant women and youth to transform their lives, working conditions and their communities.

“The American Dream that I had envisioned when I was 12, was so different from the tiny basement apartment down a dark alleyway in Oakland where I lived with 8-10 other relatives. All the relatives were working 2-3 jobs each, so they were always tired, stressed out and fighting with each other. I hardly saw my mom. I think this is so common in immigrant families. There were really no opportunities for me to get involved in any group due to the language barrier, so I was pretty excited when I heard about AIWA. After my first semester of leadership training, I was able to see things in a different perspective. I remember when I first understood that it wasn’t just the individual problem of my mom’s boss, who was always screaming at and insulting the women workers, but that he was actually part of a larger problem of patriarchy. I didn’t know before going to AIWA that we had the right to speak up and be equal with other people. I appreciated my experiences at AIWA so much that I returned to volunteer several times. Now, I am a teacher at my old high school! In some ways, I am continuing what I started at AIWA: teaching and training others, working with immigrant youth, and making a difference.”

Since 1983, AIWA has developed the leadership ability of low-income Asian immigrant women and youth like this youth program alumnus and his mother, so that they can voice, participate and advocate to improve their living and working conditions.


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Hello, my name is Kylie Cherin. I am carrying out a survey for an interdisciplinary studies course on research methods. The survey is on the subject of mental health disparities among Asian American women. I would appreciate it if you would consent to participate. It should take less than 10 minutes to complete the survey. Your participation is totally voluntary and you may stop the survey at any time. Neither your name nor any other identifying information will be recorded on the survey, and your responses will be kept completely confidential. In order to keep the information completely confidential, I will not put your name on the survey. My instructor is Professor Fang Xu of the Interdisciplinary Studies Field program of the College of Letters and Science at UC Berkeley. She can be reached at 510-642-0660 or room 269 Evans Hall on the UC Berkeley Campus if you have any questions. This is the link to my survey:
Survey on Mental Health Attitudes Among Asian Immigrant Women Survey Link: https://goo.gl/forms/tz47Ees1K9Z73fk93 Hello, my name is Kylie Cherin. I am carrying out a survey for an interdisciplinary studies course on research methods. The survey is on the subject of mental health disparities among Asian American women. I would appreciate it if you would consent to participate. It should take less than 10 minutes to complete the survey. Your participation is totally voluntary and you may stop the survey at any time. Neither your name nor any other identifying information will be recorded on the survey, and your responses will be kept completely confidential. In order to keep the information completely confidential, I will not put your name on the survey. My instructor is Professor Fang Xu of the Interdisciplinary Studies Field program of the College of Letters and Science at UC Berkeley. She can be reached at 510-642-0660 or room 269 Evans Hall on the UC Berkeley Campus if you have any questions.