The main aims of the project are to respond to the heightened racist sentiments and activities towards Chinese people in New Zealand sparked by the COVID19 pandemic by:
- helping to reduce Chinese racist behaviours by raising awareness, discussion and promoting positive behaviour (real world and online) about what people can do when they witness anti-Chinese racist behaviour to enact and reinforce the social values of Aotearoa New Zealand as a diverse and inclusive (non-racist) society.
- running a publicly profiled poster competition that helps Chinese communities by:
- fostering a sense of belonging and inclusion with increased support offered by bystanders when racist behaviour towards Chinese people is witnessed.
- signalling and promoting New Zealand's inclusive social values with respect to Chinese international students and other temporary visitors to our country.
Behaviour suggested for witnesses to consider are:
- Calling out and naming the bad behaviours (in a non-confrontational way)
- Expressing support/concern to the Chinese person being targeted
- To act and speak in ways that remove the social support the perpetrator thinks that they have
- To act and speak in ways to engage others nearby to join in and further reduce the social support the perpetrator thinks that they have.
For English poster
For Chinese poster