MI nonprofit hosting virtual resource event for Asian community following Atlanta murders

Katie Ramirez
March 22, 2021

"I belong here!" is how she ended her powerful speech which comes just days after the shoot-out in Atlanta, resulting in the deaths of eight people, six of whom were of Asian descent.

There have been 955 reported incidents of anti-Asian hate crimes across Canada since March 2020, according to data from Fight COVID Racism, a federally-funded project dedicated to tracking and reporting anti-Asian racism and xenophobia in the country. He admitted to the crime and was charged with murder.

Subsequently hearing from some in her community that this was a time to stay home because "people are attacking us" was pure kerosene on her fire, she said.

"Let's join hands with our ally community and demand justice for not only these victims but for all victims of white supremacy", she said.

A recent Anti-Defamation League report indicated that the distribution of white supremacist propaganda almost doubled past year compared to 2019 - a trend that includes anti-immigrant attacks and pandemic-driven anti-China references related to the coronavirus.

Oliver pointed out that racism against Asian Americans is not an aberration, rather a part of the American life. A "Stop Asian Hate" rally was held in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood the day before Sunday's vigil, drawing crowds and including words from actress Sandra Oh - who is in town filming the Netflix series, "The Chair".

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council is in the midst of a months-long effort to reach small businesses owned by Asian immigrants, with the goal of making policy recommendations on how local governments can better serve the community. "Just stop hate in general", Tam said. The rally was one of several protests which took place this weekend in response to the horrific Atlanta spa shootings which killed 8 people and wounded several more.

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People take part in a rally against hate and confront the rising violence against Asian Americans at Columbus Park in the Chinatown section of the Manhattan borough of NY, on Sunday, March 21, 2021.

"It is our duty as Asian Americans and young people to act now", Lee said. We're exhausted of the hatred toward the people who made the country what it is today.

"It's very heartwarming to see the support online and just in real life in general; it's awesome", one rallier said.

When Raddatz asked what the government could do to confront the rise in violence towards Asian Americans, Chu said the work starts with undoing rhetoric espoused by former President Donald Trump.

"Chinese virus, China virus, Wuhan virus, or any derivative of these terms is not something we should be using", she said. "And we wanted to create a platform for the community to come together and heal". The historical fetishization of Asian women as exotic, hypersexual and submissive leads to staggering rates of physical and sexual violence.

"For the president to come and say, 'I see you, I hear you, I feel your pain, '" she said before pausing for a little bit, "and to elevate this issue, I think a lot of us - it's a cathartic moment, because the first step is to be seen and to be heard."

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