As you may have seen on the news, heard from friends or family members, or experienced yourself, a string of burglaries, hate crimes, and murders have targeted Asian and Asian Americans. From the murder of an 84-year-old Thai elder here in the Bay Area to the slashing of a Filipino man’s face in New York to the murder of 6 Asian women working in massage parlors in Atlanta, these violent attacks have left Asian communities in mourning, terrified of further harm, and left exposed without protection. This has prompted communities to take protection into their own hands, from instituting night and neighborhood patrols to an increase in firearms to larger calls for mutual aid and community care.
These horrific attacks build upon the open wounds of the harassment and hate crimes towards Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) that have risen drastically during the COVID-19 crisis. Due to the use of terms like “China Virus” and continued blame of COVID-19 spread on China, AAPI individuals have been targeted. Organizations tracking these crimes have recorded 3000 and counting different crimes, a number likely to be underreported. While this may be the most recent manifestation of a long history of anti-Asian and anti-immigrant sentiment within the United States, these hate crimes lay bare the long-standing institutional and societal racism that systematically targets AAPI communities and individuals.
Part of Stanford’s vision includes “integrating an understanding of attitudes, values, behaviors, cultures, histories, and our capacity for cooperation. It fervently underscores the need to provide strong support for the people in our community, and to advance our mission with integrity and values.” As such, Stanford commits to supporting its Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities within the wake of this new wave of hate and xenophobia. As a small step in ensuring this support, Stanford has created a page of materials and suggestions to help you feel resourced, empowered, and heard. While this is not an exhaustive list, we will be continually updating it with vetted resources.
Though created in response to a current global wave of prejudice, this site will not only act as a reminder of the specific historical context of anti-Asian prejudice, but a call to our community members and our university systems to continue to fight against oppression and to work towards an inclusive Stanford for all.