What six Asian Americans are doing to fight hate in their communities

Top row, left to right: Madeline Park, Rohan Zhou-Lee and Bianca Mabute-Louie. Bottom row, left to right: Jackson Chiu, Eugene Lee Yang and Teresa Ting.

(CNN)Asian Americans have had enough.

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, they've seen friends, relatives and community members be harassed, threatened and violently assaulted.
Congress is now on track to pass legislation that would denounce discrimination against Asian Americans and expedite reviews of potential Covid-19-related hate crimes.
      But some Asian Americans haven't waited for lawmakers to act, countering hate and racism against their communities in ways big and small.
        A Chicago restauranteur shows love for his elders by making them delicious meals every week. A Bay Area educator creates online zines to help Asian Americans better understand their histories. A New York food blogger uses her platform to help vulnerable Asians pay for cab rides in the city.
          CNN spoke to six people around the US who are playing a part in protecting and uplifting Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.
          Here are their stories.

          A restaurant owner prepares special meals for seniors

          Jackson Chiu at his Chicago restaurant, 312 Fish Market.
          After seeing his grandparents cooped up in their home all day eating the same food, Jackson Chiu figured other seniors in Chicago's Chinatown were in the same situation.
          So he decided to support the seniors in his neighborhood by providing them with fresh meals from his restaurant 312 Fish Market, a sushi bar he recently opened in the area.
          For the past three months, Chiu has been making weekly food deliveries to two senior buildings. He plans to continue doing so for the entire year.
          "I think that they deserve it," he says. "I love my seniors a lot."
          Taking into consideration their dietary habits, Chiu curated a selection of dishes for the elderly in his community that are easy to chew and digest.
          On the menu: Unagi don (charbroiled eel topped with oshinko and pickled shallots), tamago (Japanese rolled omelet) and a California roll.
          Other local businesses have joined Chiu's efforts to serve community elders, too.
          88 Market Place, Chicago's largest Chinese supermarket, has been providing fruits and vegetables, while Chiu's childhood friends from Chiu Quon Bakery have been supplying bread.
          Despite the hundreds of calls and messages he's received from people asking how they can donate to the cause, though, Chiu isn't accepting any money.
          "If I'm going to accept donations, it's just gonna ruin the point of me giving back to seniors," he says. "I want to help out the seniors on my own, at my own cost and from my own pocket."

          An educator makes zines to help Asian Americans understand racism

          Bianca Mabute-Louie: "It's really important to understand the bigger context of why and how this is happening."
          For years, researcher and educator Bianca Mabute-Louie had been conducting workshops to help Asian Americans in the Bay Area understand their racial identities.
          But around the time George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer last year, she began widening her reach.
          She noticed that Asian Americans across the country wanted to engage in the movement for racial justice, but that some had trouble understanding where they fit in. All the online literature around being an ally, meanwhile, seemed to cater mostly to White people.
          Mabute-Louie had already been posting shareable zines -- small, handcrafted magazines -- to her 17,000-plus Instagram followers on topics ranging from farmworkers' rights to soup dumplings.
          Soon, she was creating and sharing graphics on the history of Black and Asian solidarity and on how Asian Americans could combat anti-Blackness in their friends and families. Those posts racked up thousands of likes, and her Instagram following grew and grew.
          "I felt like it was really important for Asian Americans to see examples and get an analysis of how us engaging with a movement like Black Lives Matter is allyship and (how) we also have to get free from White supremacy," said Mabute-Louie, who is currently pursuing a PhD in sociology at Rice University.
          Recently, a string of high-profile attacks against Asian Americans prompted some in the community to respond with anti-Black sentiments because a few suspects were Black.
          For Mabute-Louie, it was a reminder of just how vital it was for Asian Americans to understand the systemic forces behind incidents of racism and hate.
          She reacted as she often does: By creating another educational zine.
          "There's lots of ways that these mainstream narratives like to pit us against each other," she said. "Of course, there has been violence between our communities. But it's really important to understand the bigger context of why and how this is happening."

          A food blogger funds rides for those who feel unsafe

          Madeline Park: "Not everyone is a bystander turning a blind eye to what's happening."
          Even the simple act of taking the subway to work in New York made Madeline Park fear for her life.
          Every day, it seemed there was a new, disturbing headline.
          Asian Americans were being harassed, beaten outside in broad daylight and killed at work. After a woman around the same age as Park had her backpack lit on fire while standing on a subway platform, it hit Park: She could be a target, too.
          Park began avoiding public transit and started commuting to work by cab. In talking to her friends, she realized others were feeling just as terrified to take the train.
          Then Park, a dentist who runs the popular food blog Cafe Maddy, recalled the days when she was a broke college student and couldn't pay for regular cab rides.
          "I thought about all the other people who were forced to do this because they can't afford to take a cab," she said. "So I said, 'You know what, if you're a student or you can't afford your cab ride, just Venmo charge me.'"
          And Cafe Maddy Cab was born.
          Park and two of her friends launched the Instagram account in early April, offering to personally reimburse rides for Asian New Yorkers who felt unsafe riding public transportation. Within two days, she says they raised about $100,000 to help fund rides.
          As of Thursday, Cafe Maddy Cab had reimbursed more than 2,000 ride requests.
          While the effort has garnered a lot of support, Park says demand for rides has been even higher. She estimates her funds may only last through the end of the month.
          Still, Park is encouraged by the solidarity she's seen from others.
          "Not everyone is a bystander turning a blind eye to what's happening," she says. "There are people who want to stand by us and there are people who want us to be safe."

          A Queens native patrols a majority-Asian neighborhood