We mourn with the Asian American and Asian communities the murder of eight people, six of them women of Asian heritage, in Georgia on March 16. While there is still much unknown about these killings, it is clear they take place in a larger context of increased anti-Asian violence in the United States over the past year, fueled by racism and xenophobia in politics and the media. These attacks have been disproportionately targeted at women of Asian heritage, including the victims of the Atlanta massacre, due to the deadly intersection of racist, colonialist, and sexist violence. We condemn all such violence and are in solidarity with Asian and Asian American people everywhere, including those rendered especially vulnerable by virtue of migrant status, economic precarity, or sex work. Their lives are precious and their struggle is our struggle.
CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY RESOURCES
- Dean of Students Office, 608-263-5700
- UHS Mental Health Services, 608-265-5600 (option 9)
- Employee Assistance Office, 608-263-2987
- Resources to Support Our APIDA Community
Should you or anyone you know experience an incident of hate or bias, please file a Bias Incident Report with the Dean of Students Office.
Please follow the Multicultural Student Center and APIDA Student Center social media for processing space opportunities soon.
DDEEA holds a monthly affinity group space for faculty and staff members of the campus APIDA community and welcomes all who identify with the community to join the group on April 8 at 2pm CT. Register here.
We are grateful to be able to share the following resources from the UW English Department’s Diversity and Inclusion Student Committee — Resource List for Anti-Asian Racism
Organizations to Support:
“NAPAWF is the only organization focused on building power with AAPI women and girls to influence critical decisions that affect our lives, our families and our communities. Using a reproductive justice framework, we elevate AAPI women and girls to impact policy and drive systemic change in the United States.”
“We are the only grassroots Chinese massage parlor worker coalition in the U.S. There are over 9000 workplaces like these across the country with no political representation, or access to labor rights or collective organizing. Anti-trafficking NGO’s that claim to speak for migrants in sex trades promote increased policing and immigration control, which harms rather than helps migrant sex workers.” We also organize transnationally with Asian sex workers across the diaspora in Toronto, Paris, and Hong Kong.
“In response to the alarming escalation in xenophobia and bigotry resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council (A3PCON), Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), and the Asian American Studies Department of San Francisco State University launched the Stop AAPI Hate reporting center on March 19, 2020. The center tracks and responds to incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning, and child bullying against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.”
“We engage in intersectional feminist politics grounded within our communities, including those whose backgrounds encompass East, Southeast, and South Asian, Pacific Islander, multi-ethnic and diasporic Asian identities. Through public events and resources, we seek to provide spaces for identity exploration, political education, community building, and advocacy.”
Black Women Radicals and the Asian American Feminist Collective, BLACK AND ASIAN-AMERICAN FEMINIST SOLIDARITIES: A READING LIST
Black Women Radicals and the Asian American Feminist Collective, “Sisters and Siblings in the Struggle: COVID-19 and Black and Asian-American Feminist Solidarities” (Webinar from April 2020)
“AAPI Women Lead and #ImReady Movement aims to strengthen the progressive political and social platforms of Asian and Pacific Islander communities in the US through the leadership of self-identified AAPI women and girls. Our goal is to challenge and help end the intersections of violence against and within our communities. We do this work in solidarity with other communities of color.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta
“Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta is the first and only nonprofit legal advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the civil rights of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) in Georgia and the Southeast. Through our work, we envision a social movement in which communities of color are fully empowered, active in civic life, and working together to promote equity, fair treatment, and self determination for all.”
“CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities works to build grassroots community power across diverse poor and working class Asian immigrant and refugee communities in New York City.”
Verified GoFundMe fundraisers for victims:
These resources were compiled by members from the APIDA Student Center Advisory Committee and the Asian American Studies Program in order to provide support for UW–Madison’s Asian, Pacific Islander and Desi American (APIDA) community members.
Articles from scholars in Asian American studies and ethnic studies
Interview with Cathy Park Hong, Why This Wave of Anti-Asian Racism Feels Different
Irene Cho, Asian Fetishization IS white supremacy
Jennifer Ho, To be an Asian woman in America