Solidarity Statement in Support of the Asian and Asian American Pacific Islander Communities
The Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CEETL) condemns the anti-Asian rhetoric and violence toward Asian individuals that has dramatically increased since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, when the former president of the United States unjustly blamed this racial group for the virus and emboldened these aggressors.
Together, in unity, we are devastated and heartbroken at the racist, deadly violence that transpired in the Atlanta area on March 16, 2021. On that day, a Tuesday, a white man targeted Asian businesses where he shot and killed eight people, critically injuring a ninth person. Six of the eight people killed were women of Asian descent.
We acknowledge that the Atlanta area attack did not happen in a vacuum, but was a racist hate crime that specifically targeted Asian and Asian American women. This violence is rooted in images and ideas about Asian and Asian American women.
As educators, as colleagues, and as a community, CEETL stands in solidarity with our Asian and AAPI communities.
- We support our colleagues in the Department of Asian American Studies, who on March 17, 2021, a day after the Atlanta area attack, received an email expressing hatred toward Asian Americans and blamed them for their own victimization.
- We support members of the Asian and AAPI communities who are scared of speaking up, who face language barriers, or are struggling to find their voice out of fear of societal retribution or worry of increasing anti-Asian hate.
- We support our Asian and AAPI faculty, staff, and students who regularly experience microaggressions, feel “invisible” and “unseen,” and whose strengths, contributions and potential are not recognized due to damaging stereotypes fueled by white supremacist interests.
- We support the Asian and AAPI community members who provide the critical skills, services and resources across all industries, including education, healthcare, business, technology and hospitality, so that the larger community can prosper and thrive.
- We support the Asian and AAPI communities against the dangerous anti-Asian rhetoric, hate crimes and violence that have generated widespread fear for their own safety, acknowledging that when a country is unable to ensure the safety of one BIPOC community, no community is safe.
As Educators, We Need to Teach About How...
As educators, we need to teach about the structural intersectional racism that victimizes Asian and Asian American women in devastating ways.
When the then-spokesman of the Cherokee County sheriff’s office dismissed his fellow white man’s actions by saying “he had a bad day” and attributed them to a “sexual addiction,” we bore witness to the ways that fetishization, hypersexualization, sexism and racism are used to reinforce — and justify — the dehumanization of Asian women. These statements perpetuate a deeply rooted white supremacist practice that invokes damaging stereotypes to dehumanize and disempower Asian women, just as U.S. pop culture uses graphic images and messaging to sexualize and fetishize Asian women.
As educators, we need to teach about how generations of systemic racism harm and victimize not only one racial group, but society as a whole.
Anti-Asian hate and violence is deeply enmeshed in the history of the United States, where it has been carried out on a systemic level for generations through policy and practice. Anti-Asian legislation includes the passing of the the 1875 Page Act, which barred East Asian women from U.S. entry to ostensibly eliminate white men’s sexual temptation, and the 1882 Exclusion Act, which prohibited immigration of Chinese laborers and perpetuated anti-Chinese racism, leading to the creation of San Francisco's Chinatown.
As educators, we need to teach about how stereotypes are used to essentialize and diminish Asian identities to dismiss their experiences and contributions.
In U.S. history, we must realize the damage that comes from failing to acknowledge and take seriously the racism Asian and AAPI communities experience. The “model minority myth” has long been used to create a racial wedge between Asians and other BIPOC communities in order to downplay anti-Asian racism by promoting claims of white privilege, which diminishes the real hardships some members of the Asian and AAPI communities face, including unemployment, derailing mental health, and poverty. The resulting Asian American experience is one that is complicated due to the diverse community of intersectionalities and identities, but is falsely labeled by the majority of America as a monolithic community. Thus, Asians are “perpetual foreigners” who become invisible and are easily subject to vilification, fetishization, and exclusion.
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Teaching Resource Guide
CEETL, in partnership with the Department of Asian American Studies, has prepared this teaching resource guide to support you in your teaching.
Please note: This teaching guide is available as a living document and we encourage all community members to continually contribute new resources by contacting us. This webpage will be updated on an ongoing basis to reflect newly curated resources, and categories will be expanded/revised as needed.
Solidarity & Inclusivity: Intracultural and Intersectional Solidarity
- SFSU President’s Office
- SFSU Student Affairs & Enrollment Management
- SFSU Asian American Studies (AAS) Department
- Department of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts (BECA)
- 53 Beauty Brands Supporting AAPI
- APIENC (SF Organization dedicated to building Queer and Trans API power)
- Chinese Progressive Association - San Francisco
- CSU Fresno
- Marketers Support AAPI
- National Domestic Worker's Alliance
- Princeton University
- Stanford University
- Tech Support AAPI
- UC Berkeley
- Asian American Business Leaders Pledge $10M in letter, “ENOUGH.”
- 5 STOP AAPI HATE: 5 Ways to Help If You Witness Hate
- Allyship right now: #StandForAsians
- AntiRacist Toolkit
- Graphics in Multiple Languages #StopAAPIHate
- Racial Equity Tools
- Resources for Men Working Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
- Ten Insights Regarding Sexual Harassment (on college campuses)
- Stop Asian Hate Crimes - How to Be an Ally to the AAPI Community
- The Asian American Toolkit
- The Cross Cultural Solidarity History Education Project
- VICE Social Media Toolkit
- Black / Asian Solidarity - Historical Resources
- Black and Asian American Feminist Solidarities: A Reading List Black Lives Matter Toolkit from Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative
- Books on Black / Brown Solidarity
- Fighting Anti-Blackness in AAPI conversation guide and resource collection
- South Asians & Black Lives
- The Secret History of South Asian and African American Solidarity
- “Between the World and Me,” Ta-Nehisi Coates
- “How to be an Antiracist,” Ibram X. Kendi
- “Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor,” Layla Saad
- Resources for White Allyship
- “Understanding White Privilege: Creating Pathways to Authentic Relationships Across Race,” Frances Kendall
- What Would My White Family Think About Anti-Asian Racism? | Time
History of Anti-Asian Racism (Past to Present)
- Corky Lee, Henry Chang, and the Life of a Storied Neighborhood in “Chinatown Beat”
- Cheng, Wendy. “This contradictory but fantastic thing": Student networks and political activism in cold war Taiwanese/America,” Journal of Asian American Studies 20, vol. 2 no. 6 (2017): 161–191
- Hamilton, Peter. “Rethinking the Origins of China’s Reform Era: Hong Kong and the 1970s Revival of Sino-US Trade.” Twentieth-Century China 43.1 (Jan. 2018): 67–88.
- Chow, Rey. Not Like a Native Speaker: On Languaging As a Postcolonial Experience. Columbia, 2014, 103¬122.
- Hapa Girl: A Memoir by May-lee Chai (Temple University Press, 2007) anti-Asian violence in the US in the 1980s as experienced by one family.
- (10) Lee Helene. Between Foreign and Family: Return Migration and Identity Construction Among Korean Americans and Korean Chinese. Rutgers, 2019.
- Rhoads, Edwards. Stepping Forth into the World, HKU 2019.
- “On the Rising Tide of Anti-Asian Violence” podcast with May-lee Chai, interviewer David Chen
- Bassett, Ross Knox. The Technological Indian, MIT 2019
- Chan, Shelly. Diaspora's Homeland. Duke, 2018, ch. 1.
- Reflecting on Anti-Asian Racism During the Pandemic
- Free Speech and the Virtual Campus
- Treating Yellow Peril
- “She does have an accent but…”: Race and language ideology in students' evaluations of mathematics instructors on RateMyProfessors.com
- Lee, Erika. The Making of Asian America: A History. Simon & Schuster, 2016, ch. 16.
- Lee, Jonathan H. X. Japanese Americans: The History and Culture of a People (2018)
- Lee, Jonathan H. X. Chinese Americans: The History and Culture of a People (2016)
- Lee, Jonathan H. X. History of Asian Americans: Exploring Diverse Roots (2015)
- Sohyun An, Disrupting curriculum of violence on Asian Americans, Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies 2020, Vol. 42, NO. 2, 141-156
- Addressing Anti-Asian Racism in the University
- Asian American Media Studies | Feminist Media Histories | University of California Press
- Don’t Discount Evangelicalism as a Factor in Racist Murder of Asian Spa Workers in Georgia
- Los Angeles Times, March 17, 2021 Op-Ed by May-lee Chai: How Asian Women Are Relentlessly Objectified in American Culture
- New Yorker, March 19, 2021, “The Atlanta Shooting and the Dehumanizing of Asian Women” By Jiayang Fan
- Race Sex and Death. Society and Space. March 22, 2021. By Yutian Wong
- Vox, March 19, 2021, “The history of fetishizing Asian women” - “Author and film scholar Celine Parreñas Shimizu on how both hypersexual and docile troped of Asian women play into the Atlanta shooting.”
- 2020 Asian American Voter Data
- Asian Americans and Affirmative Action
- CCWT: Asian and Asian American College Students’ Educational and Career Dilemmas during COVID-19
- Perpetual Foreigners or Honorary Whites
- Viewing the Model Minority Myth through the Lens of Critical Race Theory
- We Need to talk About Anti-Asian Hate
- Advancing Asian American Recovery - A Diverse Community, Not a Demographic Monolith
- AMA Center for Health Equity Report: AAPI Community Data
- Dangers of the “Model Minority Myth” and Casting Asian Americans as a Monolith
- Disaggregation of Data on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
- Effects of Disaggregating Asian/Pacific Islaner Student Data by Ethnicity - REL West - Institute of Education Sciences
- Ethnicity Data and AAPIs: Resources on Data Disaggregation - AAPI Data
- How Data Disaggregation Matters for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
- Not all Asian Americans Are the Same. So Why Do School Data Treat Us That Way? (Opinion) - Education Week
- Support AAPI Data Disaggregation
- The Case for Requiring Disaggregation of Asian American and Pacific Islander Data
- A White Man’s Bad Day
- An Opinion Piece on Anti-Asian Violence
- Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence Violence Reports
- Attacks on Asian Elderly during the Pandemic
- Combating AAPI Hate in Age of COVID-19
- Hate Crimes Against Asian Americans: Activism and Social Movements on College Campuses Daus, A. (2004). Hate Crimes Against Asian Americans: Activism and Social Movements on College Campuses. (Unpublished Master's Thesis) San Francisco State University
- KAN-WIN Violence Report
- Pen Pals of the Pandemic
- Race in America: Reckoning and Restoration in Post-Trump America
- Screams And Silence, Code Switch
- Swelling Anti-Asian Violence: Who Is Being Attacked Where
- The Answer to Anti-Asian Racism is Not More Policing
- Why There Isn’t Much Data on Anti-Asian Violence
De-Stigmatize Mental Health
- APM The Color of Coronavirus
- Asian Americans Facing High COVID-19 Case Fatality
- CDC Caregivers Guide
- CDC Reducing Stigma
- Coronavirus and Racism: Asian-Americans in the Crossfire
- Hawaii COVID Data that Includes Asians
- HuffPost “Self-Care Tips for Asian Americans Dealing with Racism Amid Coronavirus”
- Learning for Justice: How to Respond to Coronavirus Racism
- Racing the Pandemic: Anti-Asian Racism amid COVID-19
- SF Chronicle High Death Rate of Asian Americans Due to COVID-19
- Acknowledge, Validate and Reframe: how Asian Americans Can Respond to COVID-19 Discrimination
- American Psychological Association
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America
- Barriers to mental health service use in Asian American and European American college students.
- Cultural and Developmental Principles for Asian American Women's Mental Health: Lessons From AWARE on College Campuses
- Community Care During COVID-19: A Message To and From AAPIs
- Let’s Talk! Supporting Asian and Asian American Students Through COVID-19
- NCBI Model Minority at Risk: Expressed Needs of Mental Health by Asian American Young Adults
- NPR Asian-American Women More Likely to Attempt Suicide
- Self-Care Tips for Asian Americans Dealing with Racism Amid Coronavirus
- Asian American + Pacific Islander Women Lead (AAPI)
- Asian American Counseling and Referral Services (ACRS)
- Asian American Health Initiative (AAHI)
- Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA)
- Asian American Women Therapy Support Group
- Asian Mental American Collective
- Asian Mental Health Project
- Asian Pride Project
- National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA)
- National Asian American Pacific National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) National Alliance on Mental Illness
- South Asian Therapists Directory
Resources from JEDI PIE Institute
- A Holistic Approach for Inclusive Librarianship: Decentering Whiteness in Our Profession
- Angela Davis on Racism
- Asian American Students and Stereotype Threat Russell Jeung (video)
- Asian Americans in San Francisco are dying at alarming rates from COVID-19: Racism is to blame
- CFA Asian American and Pacific Islander Caucus Statement
- Dismantling Racism Works web workbook
- Racelighting Webinar (1 hour and 5 minutes)
- Reviewing Diversity Training: Where We Have Been and Where We Should Go
- Stop the Hate (2:29 minutes) (warning: this video contains real images of anti-Asian violence and hate speech)
- Trauma Porn: Necropolitics, Slow Death, and Everyday Life
- THE CHARACTERISTICS OF WHITE SUPREMACY CULTURE
- "Anti-Racism & Whiteness" by Wei Ming Dariotis (video)
- Why Some Asian Accents Swap Ls and Rs in English
Asian and AAPI Allyship - Activism and Advocacy
Financial Ways to Show Support
Raise Awareness and Increase Visibility
Asian and AAPI Media:
- Man berates Asian American woman at busy OC park, bystanders fail to step in
- Asian American welcomed to neighborhood with confederate flag
- Small Bay Area town feels impact of anti-Asian hate
- ‘All the same’: Modesto communities gather for rally against anti-Asian hate (AAS major Emmy Power interviewed)
- Podcast by AAS Professor, Wei Ming Dariotis: “Framing of Asian Americans in News & Media”
- Video performance by AAS Alumni, Lea Salonganisa: Visual representations of Anti-Asian Violence.
- AAS Alumni, Lea Salonganisa; Music credits: “Movies” - Weyes Blood; Videographer credit: Lea Salonganisa; Date: 3/27/2021 Premiered at SendNoodz Party Los Angeles 3/27/2021 Lea Salonganisa
- Video by BECA Alumni, Joshua Prado, for KAPWA KOLLECTIVE: In the wake of several anti-Asian attacks, local organizations have stepped up to patrol the streets
- Video by BECA Alumni, Joshua Prado, about San MAteo County’s youth-led calls for awareness bringing forth unity and solidarity against Asian-targeted attacks
- PSA produced by BECA and AAS students, Man Kong, Juelin Luan, Preston Ng, and Jonathan Woo, about anti-Asian and anti-immigrant violence in the United States
- Youtube Video Produced by BECA Student: “No Fats, No Fems, NO ASIANS!” Exploring How Racist Stereotypes and Lack of Asian American Representation in Western Media Impact Gay Men.
- BECA Alumni, Bun Law, “The Zodiac Warriors” mural in Chinatown’s Jack Kerouac Alley. This page also features a video promoting over 100 small businesses in Chinatown.
- How to Start Educating Yourself and Others on AAPI History (interview with Wei Ming Dariotis)
- Actor Daniel Dae Kim
- Actor Daniel Wu
- Actress Jamie Chung
- Actress Magaret Cho
- Actress Olivia Munn
- Jose Antonio Vargas
- Civil Rights Activist and Founder of RISE, Amanda Nguyen
- K-Pop Singer Eric Nam
- NBA Star Jeremy Lin
- Social Justice Activist and CEO/Co-Founder of Awaken, Michelle Kim
- South Korean Actress Hye-jin Shim
- BIET (Bias Incident Education Team)
- Bystander Intervention (iHollaback)
- Harassment Training (iHollaback)
- Hate Crimes | State of California - Department of Justice - Office of the Attorney General
- Hate Crime Resources - National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (napaba.org)
- National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
- Stand Against Hatred
- Stop AAPI Hate
Support Asian and AAPI Communities
- AAPI LGBTQ+ Organizations and Resources
- AAPI Women Lead
- Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus
- Anti Police Terror Project
- API Equality Northern California
- Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association
- Asian American Recovery Resources
- Asian Health Services
- Asian Immigrant Women Advocates
- Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance
- Asian Pacific Environmental Network
- Asian Pacific Islander Council
- Asian Prisoner Support Committee
- CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities
- Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants
- Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco
- Chinese Progressive Association
- Coleman Advocates
- Communities for Restorative Youth Justice
- Compassion in Oakland
- Compassion in San Gabriel Valley
- East Bay Alliance for Sustainable Economy
- Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
- Family Bridges
- Filipino Advocates for Justice
- Filipino Community Center
- National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum
- New Breath Foundation
- Oakland Asian Cultural Center
- Red Canary Song
- Southeast Asian Community Center
- STOP AAPI HATE
- Trybe Inc.
- UCSF Asian Health Institute