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One way to support the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities during American Pacific Heritage Month (and all the time) is to amplify their voices. This could mean buying products from Asian brands, patronizing local Asian restaurants, or tracking AAPI content creators and influencers. There are many AAPI leaders in the vegan community as well – and at a time when anti-Asian racism and violence is on the rise, it is more important than ever to support their work. Animal activism is a social justice movement that goes hand in hand with other similar movements, including anti-racism – we cannot remain silent in the face of injustice, so we must support the AAPI communities.
Here are some vegan influencers, brands, and AAPI restaurants to consider supporting.
Asian food brands
You won’t find eggs, dairy, honey, or other ingredients that are harmful to animals on the list of these Asian brands. Instead, you’ll find delicious vegan cheeses, fish-free tuna, wholesome frozen desserts, delicious snacks, and other delicious treats. Try these foods and you will be as happy as the cows, chickens, fish and other animals that you will save if you choose to eat vegan food.
Chi Kitchen Kimchi
Fly by jing
Jinka Vegan Tuna Spread
Miyoko Cheese Factory
Yvonne’s Vegan Cuisine
Asian restaurants and pop-ups
These Asian restaurants serve creative vegan food. Many of them are influenced by the cultures of the Asian and Pacific islands, with all tastes and traditions and no animal ingredients.
Au Lac (Los Angeles, California)
Biellmann (Los Angeles, California)
Beleaf Better Burgers (Chino, California)
Chef queen (San Francisco, California)
Cocobella creamery (Los Angeles, California)
Donatsu (Los Angeles, California)
Gokoku (Studio City, California)
Hangawi Restaurant (New York, New York)
Kumare (Portland, Oregon)
Cartoon (Los Angeles, California)
Vegan Diner (Santa Ana, California)
Onion maiden (Pittsburgh, PA)
Plant alchemy (Long Beach, California)
shojin (Los Angeles, California)
Land (Whakatane, New Zealand)
If you’re looking for real-life vegan inspiration, including recipes, restaurant recommendations, and what I eat of the day vlogs, these influencers are here to help.
Cool vegan (R.G. Henriquez-Diez)
Cheap lazy vegan (Rose Lee)
@ chez.jorge (George Lee)
Cruelty-Free Sausage (Kat Magsaysay)
hot for food (Lauren Toyota)
Korean Vegan Esq. (Joan L. Molinaro)
Collect limes (Sadia Baday)
@plantbasedartist (Sheil Shukla)
Factory based on budget (Tony Okamoto Shapiro)
@rainbowplantlife (Niche Thief)
Sweet simple vegan (Jasmine Briones)
Prosperity on Plants (Cheri Tu)
@veganeatsnyc (Crystal pain)
Vegan Rich (Rich Hingle)
Viet Vegan (Lisa May)
Wok (Ted Lai)
Asian beauty, fashion and lifestyle brands
Going vegan also means choosing animal-free beauty products, clothing, and other items that you could use in your daily life. The following brands offer unrelenting cosmetics, skin care and personal care products; bags and shoes without leather; and even some items for your companion animals.
Bandit & Co.
Cykochick Custom Bags
Meow Meow Tweet
As a consumer, you can make a difference when you shop, including when choosing products that are made with animal welfare in mind. Learn more about the impact of going vegan and how you can do it:
Here’s How You Can Go Vegan