From a May 1, 2021, Casion Jewelry press release.
Combating the spike in attacks against Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI), the Bellevue Arts Museum has joined Casion Jewelry in Bothell and the Schack Art Center in Everett in their fundraising campaign to stop the violence against AAPI. The “Cranes for Peace” campaign will start in May which is Asian American Heritage Month.
The fundraising campaign offers Washi Origami Crane earrings in which a portion of each purchase will be donated to the Stop AAPI Hate Center.
This organization is a collaboration by the Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council, Chinese for Affirmative Action, and the Asian American Studies Department at San Francisco State University.
The center tracks and reports incidents of hate, violence, harassment, and discrimination as well as provides translation services, advocacy, and more.
“Having the Bellevue Arts Museum partner with us on this campaign is wonderful as we share the use of art to promote peace, and stop the violence against AAPI,” Casion Jewelry founder and designer Fay Lim said.
She went on to say, “With the tracked data, people can begin to understand, acknowledge, and advocate ending the attacks. This partnership with Bellevue Arts Museum hopefully will inspire more individuals to support ending the rising violence.”
The Asian tradition of 1,000 cranes represents granting a special wish, happiness, long life, and often used to symbolize peace. The Washi Origami Crane earring are available in the Bellevue Arts Museum and can be ordered online at https://shop.bellevuearts.org/.