In the week that Covid began to spread in the US, one of our Asian team members was told to “go back to China." A month later, one of my Asian best friends was harassed on the street for her race, and most recently, my mom, an elderly Chinese woman, was antagonized in a parking lot. But after all of that I didn’t speak up – I just couldn’t find the right words. And culturally, as the daughter of Asian immigrants, my mental default is to “just keep quiet and work hard." After the Georgia killings though, I can’t stay quiet.
To my Thousand community: please include Asian and Asian-American experiences in your anti-racism work. Read up on the long history of anti-Asian racism in this country (like the Chinese Exclusion Act). Advocate to expand civil rights protections that would safeguard Asians and Asian-Americans (the AAPI community has experienced a 150% increase in hate crimes from 2019 to 2020). Be an ally to the Asian-American community and help #StopAsianHate