November 2015 \ Diaspora News \ Anti-Bullying
White House Toughens up

By Arun Kumar

The White House has teamed up with a Sikh and an Asia Pacific community group to launch a public awareness campaign to address bullying in six languages including Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu. The resources for the "Act To Change" campaign are also available in Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese as one out of three in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community does not speak English fluently.

The initiative launched, in partnership with The Sikh Coalition and the Coalition Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE) will also feature video testimonials of AAPI celebrity athletes, artists, and entertainers. "Growing up, sometimes people made me feel like an outsider; I was the perfect storm of nerdy, gay, and Indian American," wrote Mr Maulik Pancholy, a member of the President's Advisory Commission on AAPI discussing the campaign. "But now, I've come to find that those very things that were sometimes used as fodder against me are the things I love the most about myself," he wrote in a White House blog post.

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