Asian Refugees United

Graphic facilitation by Tracy Nguyen, Co-founder of ARU and AACRE Coordinator


In 2016, leaders from the Vietnamese and Bhutanese refugee community came together in solidarity to fight for fair labor rights for nail salon workers in California. Since then, Asian Refugees United was founded to continue centering the voice and leadership of Asian refugees who’ve resettled in Oakland, California and beyond.

Mission statement

Asian Refugees United is an art and healing leadership center that cultivates and restores wholeness in communities impacted by displacement. We facilitate training programs and collective power-building through storytelling, ritual and connection to land.

Vision statement

We envision a sense of home and belonging for all, where our future generations in the diasporas know their ancestral stories and are rooted in who they are.