Like most of you I was horrified by the racist, let’s call it what it is a hate crime, of which six of the eight victims were women of Asian descent in Georgia. There is a lot to unpack from shootings from the way the police officer described the shooter and shooting, to the violence against women, to the rise of hate crimes against Asian-Americans over the past year.
Things I learned over the summer with the re-emergence (though Black activist have been doing the work for decades) of the Black Matter Movement in the awake of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd’s murders can be applied here. Acknowledging the experience of Black Americans and the history of their experience helps us understand how we can be better ally and help in the fight against oppression and for social justice.
Acknowledging the experience of Asian-Americans, sadly I have to admit I just learned about the Chinese Exclusion Act. I recently watched the Netflix series Amend: The Fight for America, where I learned about the Chinese Exclusion Act. Below are resources I hope you find helpful as I did.
Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning By Cathy Park Hong
If They Come for Us by By Fatimah Asghar
Interior Chinatown By Charles Yu
The Women Warrior – Memoirs of a Girlhood Ghosts By Maxine Hong Kingston
In memory of HyunJungKim to support my brother & I
Support the Cause Against Anti-Asian Violence
Stop Asian Hate: Together, We Can Make a Difference
Call out racist behavior and actions; and support the Asian-American communities around you. This includes supporting Asian own small businesses. If you have other recommendations, drop them in the comments.