A/P/A Voices: A COVID-19 Public Memory Project is an archive that responds to the simultaneous and overlapping contexts of the COVID-19 pandemic, systemic racism, and the transnational Black Lives Matter movement. Initiated by Tomie Arai and a group of Asian-American cultural workers, the archive is a virtual gathering space for Asian/Pacific Americans to share their experiences with spikes in hate crimes, disparate health outcomes, and economic losses facing their communities.
Through an open call, the project collects a variety of artifacts from Asian/Pacific Americans from across the United States. The archive consists of artwork, posters, political statements, poetry, zines, videos, podcasts, Instagram posts, and COVID-19 toolkits. Initiated by Tomie Arai, Diane Wong, Lena Sze, and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University.