STOP ASIAN HATE!
WCC COMMUNITY LETTER CONDEMNING ANTI-ASIAN VIOLENCE
tw: anti-Asian violence; mention of violence against women
Dearest WCC Community,
We are writing with deep sadness, outrage, concern, and care for our Asian and Asian American community members in light of the most recent mass shooting that took place in Georgia yesterday. For Asian and Asian American women and femmes there is a long painful history of fetishization, sexualization, and silencing, and for the community more broadly the ‘model minority’ myth and other tropes and stereotypes are dangerous and meant to dehumanize, degrade, and pit minoritized people against one another. The fear is real, the grief and pain are real, the anger is real, and we want you to know we see you, we are you, we are with you, and we love you.
That the majority of victims were Asian women is a stark reminder that the term intersectionality was coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw to specifically highlight the injustices that occur where the oppression of race and gender intersect. The hate crimes that have taken place nationwide in recent months are emblematic of systemic racism that has been enflamed by anti-Asian rhetoric. To be clear, anti-Asian violence by the United States has had a long history that is largely omitted in our K-12 education (like many other marginalized histories). The impact of American wars in Vietnam and Korea, the colonization of the Philippines, Hawaii, and Pacific Islands and stolen lands, as well as the violence that was normalized against women in Japan, Korea and the Philippines under the guise of comfort women - who in reality were survivors of sexual violence are all examples of narratives that are to a great extent left out of our foundational education. Anti-Asian policies were enacted throughout American history, and are illustrated by the numerous acts of internment, exclusion, the sanctioning of travel bans, and more.
This violence is rooted in white supremacy and patriarchy, and this pain is connected to that of BIPOC people broadly. The insidiousness of white supremacy thrives on division and fear, and creates systems of oppression that are embedded in so much of our society. We support and appreciate the activists and organizations like @aapiwomenlead, @dearasianyouth, and stopasianhate who explicitly denounce anti-Blackness and a rush to increase police presence as a result of these crimes. It is important that we try to envision the answer to anti-Asian hate, anti-immigrant hate, or any other oppressive forces against BIPOC folks in a collective way. There are many community-based organizations and approaches that are working in solidarity with one another on this and we encourage you to do your own research in your local communities. We cannot remain silent. We must identify and stand up against white supremacy, together. We must also find ways to be in community with one another and build solidarity like the work of 4 organizations who are collaborating on the free Women of Color Conference that will take place this weekend (March 20-21).
And finally, we want to uplift and highlight the important work of the Asian American Activities Center, also known as A3C (“A cubed C”) and share their on-going list of resources HERE - https://a3c.stanford.edu/#antiasian
We sincerely hope that you are able to find ways to prioritize your well-being and take care of yourselves and one another, and please know that we are with you.
Faith, Alicia, and Dejah
Wellness Resources for the Asian and Asian American Community
- Stanford Asian American Activities Center: Visit this page to learn more about the reporting and wellness resources available for the Asian and Asian American community at Stanford.
- Asians for Mental Health: Visit this page for a comprehensive list of wellness resources for the Asian and Asian American Community outside of Stanford.
- Asian Mental Health Collective: Visit this page to access mental health resources and the APISAA Therapist Directory.
- Mental Health Resources on Social Media: Visit this page for a list of mental health advocates and resources to access on social media.
- Each Mind Matters: Visit this page to access a list of additional mental health resources for the community.
Ways to support the Asian and Asian American Community
- Anti-Asian Violence Resources: Visit this page for a comprehensive list of resources to learn more about this issue and how to support the community.
- How to Show Up for the Asian and Asian American Community?: Visit this page to learn more about how to show up for friends, colleagues, and peers in the Asian and Asian American community.
- History of Anti-Asian Racism: Visit this page to learn more about the history of anti-Asian Racism and Violence.