Asian Refugees United

A nonprofit organization

We are raising funds May 2024 as part of Give OUT Day to the QTViet Cafe Collective, one of the projects of Asian Refugees United.  The QTViet Cafe Collective is an LGBTQIA+ project and cultural healing hub by and for Queer and Trans Viet-identified people in the diaspora dedicated to our liberation through ancestral lyfeways, art, and intergenerational connection.  Please donate here!

Our Story:

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. 

Our Mission:

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. 

Our Vision:

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. 

Our Focus:

Our work primarily focuses on three areas: Leadership Development, Arts and Healing, and Civic Engagement. These three areas are the 3 pillars of Asian Refugees United. 

Learn more about our past, current, and future projects/programs here: 

ARU's Bhutanese youths featured in KQED video here

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Organization name

Asian Refugees United


17 Walter U. Lum Place
San Francisco, CA 94108