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#StopAsianHate - Info & Resources

Our hearts break witnessing story after story of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders being targeted in racist attacks. It is devastating to see our peers and elders harmed and disrespected, with the pandemic being used as an excuse to carry out racial violence.

While there has been a spike of racist incidents against the AAPI community since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, xenophobic attacks against Asians is not new. Examples of anti-Asian violence and discrimination number many throughout history, including the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, Japanese Internment camps, violence against Filipino farmers in the 1930s, and racism after the SARS outbreak - yet due to the model minority myth, AAPI are often overlooked.

We stand tall with our Asian community - our friends, neighbours, family, customers and colleagues - in solidarity and condemnation of racism, violence, hate and xenophobia of any kind, and in hope for a more inclusive and compassionate future.

We ask our Vessi Family to join us in bringing visibility and justice for the AAPI community. We put together this guide to provide our community with resources to better understand, show support, and #StopAsianHate.

At A Glance

In August 2020, a UN report identified more than 1,800 racist incidents against AAPI in the US from March to May.

NYPD data showed a 1900% increase in anti-Asian hate crimes in NYC - where there were 20 incidents in the first half of 2020 alone, compared to 1 in the entirety of 2019.

Stop AAPI Hate began collecting reports anti-Asian hate in March 19th 2020 and by December 31st, received over 2,808 firsthand accounts of anti-Asian hate.

In Vancouver, the VPD reported an 878% increase in anti-Asian hate crimes - including racial slurs, physical assaults, robberies and vandalizations.

75% of Asian Americans are fearful of increased racially motivated hate and discrimination.

What's Been Happening

We gathered a collection of news articles to help you get more informed about what our AAPI community is experiencing.

First Hand Accounts

The following are just a few first hand victim and witness accounts of anti-Asian hate reported to Stop AAPI Hate.

“I am posting this on behalf of my dad, a 71-year old Korean adoptee. Yesterday, he was chased out of a rural convenience store after asking to use the restroom while traveling along I-5 through California to get to Portland, Oregon.” (71 y.o, Northern CA)

“I was waiting to enter [a pharmacy] to get my prescription when a group of construction workers (not social distancing) made fun of me by mocking me, fake coughing, spitting at me and making slant eyes gestures until I asked them to stop. No one else called these people out.” (68 y.o, Oakland, CA)

“I was standing in an aisle at [a hardware store] when suddenly I was struck from behind. Video surveillance verified the incident in which a white male used his bent elbow to strike my upper back. Subsequent verbal attacks occurred with "Shut up, you Monkey!, "F**k you Chinaman," "Go back to China.”

“My husband and I (both in our 60s) were walking home after grocery shopping and three to four people in a car shouted "Virus, go to hell!" to us while they drove by.” (68 y.o., Montclair, CA)

Source

What can we learn from the past?

This isn’t the first time that entire groups of people were wrongfully blamed for the spread of a disease. The following materials sourced from UBC’s Department of Asian Studies’ Anti-Racism Resources help us understand the scope of the crisis in context of previous events.

How To Help

Thank you for following along on our resource guide. Here are some ways to join the fight and #StopAsianHate.

  • Sign this Petition to help John Chan's grandmother, a cancer survivor who was racially attacked in San Francisco. She is suffering from two serious black eyes and has been affected physically, emotionally and mentally. She needs support for her medical bills.
  • Sign this Petition to Get Mainstream News Coverage Of National Elderly Asian American Assaults
  • Raise awareness by following and sharing the hashtags #StopAAPIHate and #StopAsianHate on social media.
  • Listen to and amplify the stories of the AAPI in your community.
  • If you witness someone using anti-AAPI language like “China virus” or other comments blaming AAPI for the pandemic, challenge it. 
  • Seek out information about the kinds of discrimination the AAPI community face. Read the links in this article or search for recent news. Be 
  • Support AAPI owned businesses, many of which have suffered due to economic loss and racial discrimination.
  • Look out for crowdfunding campaigns for individuals or businesses who are survivors of anti-Asian hate crimes.
  • Push your local elected officials to denounce xenophobic sentiments in politics.

Resources

Stop AAPI Hate is a reporting center that tracks and responds to incidents of hate, harassment and discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the US. Stop AAPI Hate compiled Safety Tips for those Experiencing or Witnessing Hate:


5 Ways To Help if You Experience Hate.

  • Take Action: Approach the targeted person, introduce yourself, and offer support.
  • Actively Listen: Ask before taking any actions and respect the targeted person’’s wishes. Monitor the situation if needed.
  • Ignore Attacker: Using your discretion, attempt to calm the situation by using your voice, body language, or distractions.
  • Accompany: If the situation escalates, invite the targeted person to join you in leaving.
  • Offer Emotional Support: Help the targeted person by asking how they’re feeling. Assist them in figuring out what they want to do next.

    Read the full list.

This interactive heat map built in collaboration of allied organizations including #HateIsAVirus, betterbrave, Uprisers, ISA, AHN, hollback!, 3AF, and the Asian American Business Development Center shows visually the reported hate crimes on the AAPI community.

Please know that  these reported incidents are just the tip of the iceberg, as many racially charged hate crimes go unreported.

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