Jeannie Mai And Jeezy Lend Support To AAPI Community Through Wedding Registry
Jeannie Mai and her new husband Jeezy are using their wedding registry to support Asian communities. Horrific hate crimes against Asians are on the rise in America and the couple is working with The Knot to provide funds for the advocacy organization, Stop AAPI Hate.
Stop AAPI Hate is a reporting center that “tracks and responds to incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning and child bullying against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.”
Jeannie Mai And Jeezy Are Supporting AAPI Communities
Jeannie and Jeezy just had a very intimate wedding ceremony at their Atlanta home. The pair were engaged for a year after meeting on the set of The Real years earlier. While they did have to make some modifications to their wedding amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the couple realized life is too short to wait any longer. They also decided to do something to support Asian communities, after honoring Asian customs at the wedding.
Jeannie is a Vietnamese and Chinese-American whose parents immigrated to the United States from Vietnam. “It’s not just the recent events that make me mindful about our distinct cultures,” she told The Knot. “For Jeezy, everything—from his upbringing, experiences, struggles and his position in this white-centric country—is a learning curve for me; and, vice versa. Part of the foundation of our love is constantly discovering our respective identities and gaining an understanding from our experiences.”
“Horrific and heartbreaking surges in violence against the AAPI community have increased 150% in the US since 2020—68% of these incidents specifically involving Asian women,” the wedding charity registry page says. “Together, it is our responsibility to condemn hate and create lasting social change.”
They asked their wedding guests to donate money to the cause that will be distributed to fundraisers for families and businesses in the AAPI community.
Jeannie Has Been Very Vocal On Social Media About Asian Hate Crimes
Jeannie has been using her social media platforms to raise awareness for activist groups and to spread the hashtag #StopAsianHate. Her 2.4 million Instagram followers have been very supportive on her posts.
“It’s no longer enough to say, ‘I’m not racist.’ We need to be anti-racist, and that’s harder,” the Dancing With The Stars alum said. “To be anti-racist, we must look at our everyday routines, our communities and our own families; eliminating even some of the things that brought us joy as children, so that the next generation can be healthier, stronger and not racist.”
“I’m sickened to my stomach and filled with so much anger and pain, just when we’re already aware of racist attacks and our systemic racism that spawns across the world and especially in our country for our Black brothers and sisters,” Jeannie said in an interview. “What have we not learned from 2020? And now why are we attacking our most vulnerable that are already trying every day just to survive COVID?”
To learn more about the effort to #StopAsianHate, click here.