Statement on Recent AAPI Hate Crimes

Stephanie Kang, Board Member

17 March 2021

Yesterday, our community experienced the devastating loss of Soon Chung Park (74), Hyun Jung Grant (51), Sun Cha Kim (69), Yong Ae Yue (63), Delaina Ashley Yaun (33), Paul Andre Michels (54), Xiaojie Tan (49), and Daoyou Feng (44). This horrifying shooting that resulted in the death of so many of our Asian American sisters in Atlanta is devastating, disturbing, but sadly unsurprising. These are not isolated incidents but a result of growing resentment, hate, and racism towards the API community. The soaring rise in hate crimes has been directly linked to Sinophobia and the use of harmful and inflammatory terms during COVID-19. When our elected politicians promote and weaponize anti-Asian rhetoric, they endanger the lives of API Tennesseans.

But beyond the pandemic, the API community has often been made foreign and invisible, despite the fact that we are a core fabric of the U.S. tapestry. Therefore, let’s be clear in how we discuss these events. These acts of violence converge at the intersections of white supremacy, misogyny, xenophobia, fetishization, and racism which are interwoven throughout the history of the U.S. API Middle TN will continue to move forward in solidarity and provide healing spaces for members of API communities and allies to process the fear and pain we hold, as we rise to put in the transformative work necessary to ensure all communities are safe and API voices are uplifted.

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