Harassment & Hate Towards Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders during COVID-19
Resource & Support Page
“As we join together as a community to respond to COVID-19, we lead with the same values that shape who we are at all times at Stanford, including support for our international and Asian and Asian American community members. Hateful speech expressed against any group based on their race, ethnicity or national origin has no place on our campus at any time. Should you witness or experience an Act of Intolerance, please report this conduct.”
Vice Provost for Graduate Education & Postdoctoral Affairs
& Susie Brubaker-Cole
Vice Provost for Student Affairs
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.
"Our Asian and Asian American students and scholars are an important part of our Stanford family and I am concerned that they may be feeling increased pressure or scrutiny at this time. I want to reaffirm that we stand in support of them, and all members of our community. The strength of our community comes from embracing our diversity and all that our varied perspectives and backgrounds bring to the table. The coronavirus affects us all — and it is more important than ever that we stand together to tackle the threat it poses to our world."
President Marc Tessier-Lavigne
While this page focuses on anti-Asian sentiment and harassment, these issues do not exist in a vacuum. Here are some other examples of how the COVID-19 pandemic has a disproportionate impact on specific communities:
- Communities of color, especially Black, African American, Latinx, and indigenous communities, are disproportionately affected by COVID-19 in terms of infection/fatality and access to testing and care.
- Low-income communities have also been disproportionately impacted due to disparities in access to resources and difficulties in being able to social distance in work and living spaces.
- Those with disabilities and medical conditions are also at increased risk, not only for disparate health outcomes, but are being cut off from care due to limited resources and social distancing.
Of course, all of these communities intersect with each other and others. It is imperative to recognize that our efforts to support our AAPI community goes hand in hand with supporting all who are impacted by unjust systems. To learn more about how COVID-19 is affecting our many communities, check out this Stanford resource page for COVID-19 related resources.
While there remains much to be done in combating COVID-19 prejudice, our AAPI communities have survived racism before and will continue to persevere through hardship and struggle. Together as a Stanford community, we will continue to stand in the face of prejudice, bettering our campus and community for all.