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Established in 1985, Asian Americans United exists so that people of Asian ancestry in Philadelphia exercise leadership to build their communities and unite to challenge oppression. Find out more about us »


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Thank you to the funders who generously support AAU’s work: Bread and Roses Community Fund, The Philadelphia Foundation, Douty Foundation, Emergency Aid Foundation, Samuel S. Fels Fund, Greater Philadelphia Traditions Fund, Allen Hilles Fund, National Endowment for the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts,  Pennsylvania Humanities Council, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Seybert Institution, Union Benevolent Association, Wells Fargo Foundation, Henrietta Tower Wurts Memorial, Youthadelphia.




AAU Mid-Autumn Festival



Attention High School and College Students! Asian Americans United is looking for volunteers for our Mid-Autumn Festival. If you know a student who has a passion and commitment to community work, please pass this opportunity along!  Find out more »


The State of Asian Americans in Philadelphia – February 5, 2014

Thank you for coming to our February 5th event.  The event – and the publication from which it sprang – moves us away from perception and stereotype and uses data to look at Asian American communities in Philadelphia.

There is plenty to celebrate in the data, but there is also information that should give us pause and cause us to think of ways to build new alliances around common issues that too often have been framed in a divisive manner.

Read the full report: A Community of Contrasts: Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in the Northeast, 2013

If you would like hard copies of the report or explore further ways of discussing and disseminating this data, please contact us at aau@aaunited.org



No Second Casino in Philadelphia!

We are angry at the plan to put a second casino in Philadelphia. Another casino in Philadelphia – no matter the location and no matter the brand – would harm our city.

Casinos are predatory. Their business model depends on creating addiction among their customers. In fact, casinos have made a science out of getting people to “play to extinction” ­– to play until they have nothing left.

Casinos shamelessly target Asians, using Chinatown buses, Asian marketing executives, noodle bars, and Asian gaming areas.  Now Sugarhouse Casino is requesting permission to expand its casino in part to create a dedicated and expanded Asian gaming area.

Our state and city policymakers are at it again.  They are currently deliberating on where to site a second casino in Philadelphia.

In 2009 Asian Americans United played a key role in building the No Casino in the Heart of Our City Coalition. Over 40 organizations took a stand to oppose Foxwoods Casino. And by acting with unity across neighborhoods, communities, and organizations, we forced Foxwoods out of Philly.

It is time again to come together to take a stand in defense of all of our communities and all of our neighborhoods. It is time to say no to a second casino anywhere in Philadelphia.

See: Many from Chinatown protest 2d Philly Casino, Philadelphia Inquirer, May 10, 2013

To join the No Casino in Our City Coalition: Read the Coalition Beliefs Statement [may 2013]




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