A3C & AAS Statement on Violence Against Asians
Once again, we are compelled to address violence against members of the Asian American community, most recently directed at our most vulnerable, our elders. There is a long history of xenophobia and islamophobia in America rooted in white supremacy. The exponential rise in anti-Asian racism in the past year, including on Stanford’s campus, has been fueled by a former President who called COVID-19 the “China virus.” Recent assaults targeted not only Chinese, but Thai, Vietnamese, and Filipinx elders. The rise in hate, violence, and harassment has left Asian Americans feeling unsafe in our own communities and worried about our parents, grandparents and other vulnerable family members.
The pandemic itself has a disproportionate impact on people of color, especially Black, Latinx and Indigenous communities. We know that anti-Asian racism and violence must be addressed in the context of dismantling structural and institutionalized systems created to maintain white supremacy. The response to anti-Asian violence cannot be perpetrating anti-Blackness. The solution lies in building solidarity with other communities of color and empowering our communities with the support and resources needed to keep our communities safe.
If you need support the following resources are available:
- Report a hate crime:
- General Resources
- Educational Resources:
- Listen to the Silence Conference: We encourage you to participate in the Asian American Students Association’s Listen to the Silence (LTS) Conference. The theme of this year’s conference is “Strengthening Solidarity: Joining Forces in a Distanced World” and will focus on addressing anti-blackness in the Asian American community. The conference will close with a workshop led by Stanford alum, Dr. Russell Jeung ’84, on anti-Asian violence in the era of COVID-19
- Asian Organizations Across the Bay Area Join Forces to Demand to Demand Action Against Violence
In Solidarity, Community, and Love,
Cindy, Jerald, Latana, A3C Staff, and Asian American Studies