Statement on Anti-Asian Racism, Xenophobia, and Misogyny
Monday, March 22, 2021
Monday, March 22, 2021
The College of Humanities and Fine Arts stands in solidarity and grief with the Asian and Asian American community in the aftermath of the devastating killings of six Asian women in the Atlanta-area on March 16, 2021. We condemn these acts in the strongest possible terms, and understand that they are the latest incidents in an epidemic of anti-Asian racism, xenophobia, and gender-based violence. We affirm Chancellor Subbaswamy’s statement that "The Growing Wave of Anti-Asian Racism Must Be Confronted and Defeated."
We also support and share the UMass Amherst Asian & Asian American Studies Certificate Program's "Statement on Anti-Asian Racism, Xenophobia, and Gender-Based Violence," to which many HFA faculty, staff and students contributed, stating:
The killings of six Asian and Asian American women in Atlanta specifically highlight the misogyny, sexualization, and fetishization of Asian women and how these are fueled by toxic masculinity. Mainstream media and popular culture further racialize and sexualize Asian women, heightening their vulnerabilities to interpersonal and institutional violence. In fact, the StopAAPIHate data shows that women report hate incidents 2.3 times more than men.
Anti-Asian racism has never occurred in isolation and is always connected to other and existing forms of structural racism and inequality…Understanding the interconnections and intersections of these forms of institutional racism, we must commit to addressing the specific needs of the Asian and Asian American community as part of a broad commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion for all.
We recognize the tremendous impact of these forces on our students, faculty, staff, and community and are deeply committed to immediate and ongoing efforts to confront all forms of bias, discrimination, hate, and violence.
Dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts
Associate Dean for Research, College of Humanities and Fine Arts
Director of Diversity Advancement, College of Humanities and Fine Arts
Resources for members of our campus community who need support:
Additional links to university and community resources and statements related to anti-Asian hatred and violence:
- Bystander Intervention Training To Stop Anti-Asian/American And Xenophobic Harassment
- Perspectives on COVID-19 and Anti-Asian Bias and Xenophobia Zoom panel organized by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Sept. 2020
- Joint Statement: Solidarity With Our Asian & Asian American Community Members
- Information on campus efforts to confront the challenges of racism in our own community: https://www.umass.edu/diversity/antiracism-resources
To document and report anti-Asian hate incidents:
- For the UMass Amherst community: Report an Incident to the UMass Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
- Massachusetts Asian American Commission
- Stop AAPI Hate
- Support the UMass Amherst Asian & Asian American Studies Certificate (AAASC), the East Asian Languages & Cultures Program, and the Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies Department and help publicize AAASC courses for Fall 2021 once the list is updated and other programming.
- Support student support organizations such as CMASS, the Asian and Asian American Residential Community, the Asian American Students Association, the Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center, the Malcolm X Cultural Center, the Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center, and the Latinx American Cultural Center; the Women of Color Leadership Network, and Building Bridges
- Donate and get involved to support Asian American community-based organizations especially those that focus on Asian American women such as NAPAWF
- Read and assign articles in journals such as the Journal of Asian American Studies, Amerasia Journal, AAPI Nexus, Asian American Literary Review, Verge: Studies in Global Asias, and the Asian American Policy Review
- Support academic associations such as the Association for Asian American Studies and the Association for Asian Studies
- Educate about Asian American history and contemporary issues through websites such as Addressing Anti-Asian Bias, Asian American and Pacific Islander people’s history, Asian-Nation, NextShark, NBC News: Asian America, and HuffPost: Asian Voices, Hyphen Magazine, AsAm News, and 8Asians
- Read Asian American authors and books, such as these from the Asian American Writer’s Workshop, SocialJusticeBooks, and Vox.