Honoring the victims and supporting your AAPI friends by Marinel Perez
To respect the wishes of their families, Zenerations will not be publishing the names of the victims. Instead, we urge you to donate to their families and other impacted community members, and Asians Americans Advancing Justice.
As we honor and say their names, many state governors in America, including Joe Biden have ordered all flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of the eight people who were killed in Atlanta during a series of shootings at local spas. Flags at all public buildings and grounds, military posts and naval stations will remain at half-staff until sunset on March 22, according to the order.
With the support of the United States President, we also can’t forget about the athletes and celebrities who have defended the AAPI community and have held a moment of silence for the 8 victims of the shooting. On Thursday night, March 18, The Los Angeles Lakers held a moment of silence before their matchup with the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday night at the Staples Center in honor of the eight people who were killed in a series of Atlanta massage parlor shootings on Tuesday.
With the many Asian Americans that have been affected by these horrendous acts, many people all over the country have held vigils for the eight fallen victims, from UPenn students attending a candlelight vigil to Oakland, California raising their voices about Anti Asian Hate crimes.
Our AAPI friends need your help and support. In order to help out the Asian community from violence against Asian Americans. Zenerations has set up a section on our carrd where you can help donate and educate yourself with resources.https://zenerations.carrd.co/#stopasianhate We have included Go Fund Me links to the victims family and friends who need your help! Please always look over your AAPI friends.
How to Go Past the Hashtag #StopAsianHate by Nicholas Lloyd
Posting on social media can be an important tool to show solidarity and speak up. However, it is important to go beyond that in order to not be a performative ally. What does that mean?
Do you stop caring about an issue when it’s no longer “trending” or do you not rest until you fix the issue at hand? Its important that your focus is on supporting people and enacting change rather than simply signally virtue.
The objective of justice work isn’t to make yourself feel comfortable or virtuous in the presence of injustice, it’s to fight injustice. If your activism stops when the hashtag stops trending, it’s not real activism. Look for what you can do to create change, not what you can do to make it appear like you care whenever a tragedy happens.
Attending protests, vigils, and memorials is an excellent and tangible way of showing support and pursuing change. However, there is a pandemic occurring and if attending a protest is not something you feel safe doing there are many other ways to support the AAPI Community. Read on to find out.
If you do go to a protest, be sure to follow all covid precautions. Covid precautions can be found on cdc.gov
As always, practice safe protesting methods. Here are some tips when it comes to securing phones and personal tech at a protest:
Encrypt your phone. Don’t use biometrics (face recognition, fingerprint scanner, Iris/retina scans, voice detection, etc) and encrypt with a memorized pin or passcode. This will help protect your data.
Be sure that notifications have their content hidden on your lock screen.
It’s a good idea to make sure you can still easily and quickly access camera and phone features on your phone.
Check in on your AAPI friends, make sure they feel safe and supported. Always consider how you may make this support felt and what you can do to help somebody you know. It’s crucial not to make someone more stressed or burdened even if your intentions are good. Respect people’s feelings and boundaries as always, but give your love, support, and friendship.
How should you confront racism when you see it in public? Give support and attention to the target, allowing them to get out of the situation rather than escalating the situation by confronting the attacker (Roy).
Remember, you are not trying to be a savior or hero, you’re trying to be a friend helping another person (Roy).
- Roy, Jessica. “How to be an ally: What you can do as a bystander to race-based harassment or violence.” Los Angeles Times, 19 March 2021, https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-03-19/how-to-help-after-racist-attacks.
Find resources but do not demand AAPI people do the work for you, as plenty of resources are available.
Also always credit AAPI authors and creators when sharing their work, words, or resources on a topic.
Hate and racism at Asian Americans has skyrocketed due to racist rhetoric perpetuated by countless people, including
top national leadership. Your help in standing up against this and not being a bystander is crucial in this moment.
You may also support Asian Americans by supporting these organizations in whatever way is feasible for you:
Always look out for how you can support local communities impacted by a tragedy, as well as looking out and supporting your own community.
Many Asian businesses have been targeted with horrendous hate recently. See how you can support them, including ones in your own community.
Supporting local Asian small businesses by Fiona Bernardin, Allyson Tham, and Jeslyn Goh
- Keep yourself and your peers accountable by wearing masks and social distancing when visiting restaurants and other small businesses.
- Follow restaurant guidelines as some may have specific procedures for ordering/picking up food
- Suggest to your friends or family to order from Asian American-owned businesses on takeout night and post pictures on social media of the food.
- Tip whenever you can; everything helps, no matter the size of the tip.
- Order take out whenever you can to keep yourselves and the small business employees safe
- Spread the word by posting pictures of the food/menu on social media and tell friends and family to take out from them as well
- Advocate for assistance for small businesses through your local Chamber of Commerce, City Council, or Small Business Association
- Asian American owned businesses you can support online
- Asian food delivery services
- (not a small business, organizational resources) Asian American Business Development Center https://aabdc.com/ AND Asian Business Association- https://abala.org/#!event-list
Other ways to support AAPI
Organisations to support:
AAPI to follow:
- Red Canary Song (https://www.redcanarysong.net/about-us)
- Asian Pacific American Labour Alliance (https://www.apalanet.org/donate.html)
- They Can’t Burn Us All (https://www.theycantburnusall.org/pages/donate)
Books to read:
- Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning, Cathy Park Hong
- If They Come for Us: Poems, Fatimah Asghar
- Know My Name: A Memoir, Chanel Miller
- The Farm, Joanne Ramos
- The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan
- The Arrival, Shaun Tan
- Dear Girls, Ali Wong
- Interior Chinatown, Charles Yu
- In the Country: Stories, Mia Alvar
- The Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston
Calling out Asian racial microaggressions by Zeean Firmeza, Nomin, Sophie Guo
- What are “racial microaggressions?”
Racial microaggressions are short, frequent, and often casual comments about a person’s race that are usually not intended to be offensive but perpetuate harmful stereotypes and racist ideals. (2)
- Example phrases that are commonly used against Asian Americans:
“Your English is so good!” “Where are you really from?” “Why are you so quiet?” “You’re so whitewashed” “Your eyes are so small!” “Where were you born?” + Imitating Asian accents, assuming Asians do certain types of work, etc.
- Show how it manifests in everyday lives such as classrooms
teachers may ask students intrusive questions about ‘their culture’, teachers assuming students are great in math + IDK ADD ON HERE
- Why is it harmful?
Although microagressions are often less obvious than microassaults and blatant racism, they still cause people of color to be stuck in a “psychological bind” (3). Columbia University psychology Derald Wing Sue, PhD, explains that the “person may feel insulted” but isn’t exactly sure why, and “the perpetrator doesn’t acknowledge that anything has happened” (3) because they are unaware of their offensive actions. Microagressions often leave people of color feeling confused, angry, and desolate.
Microagressions not only further harmful stereotypes but also send people of color a message of not belonging in society. For Asians, this means being treated as a perpetual foreigner and never truly being ‘American’ or part of the western society in which they inhabit. In addition, microaggressions can also have real impacts on the mental health of those subjected to them. Studies have found that microaggressions about race, sexuality, and health issues are damaging. Results show that microaggressions that people who experienced microaggressions reported negative adjustment outcomes, like depression and anxiety (2).
- How can individuals prevent microagressions from forming?
Microagressions occur when individuals fear or fail to understand how someone may differ from the stereotypes ingrained into their minds. While some may acknowledge this difference and move on, others hyper-focus on it, leading to insensitive comments. The first step to preventing microagressions is to acknowledge the physical characteristics that you first notice when you look at someone.
Next, take note of the thoughts and assumptions you may be having and question where these beliefs come from. After figuring out why you make the assumptions that you do, analyze your beliefs from a broader lens. Historical events and structural racism play a large role in forming these belief systems that perpetuate harmful stereotypes on marginalized communities.
When looking at these belief systems from a historical context, you may come to realize that these belief systems were created to be used as a tool “to justify the unjust treatment of certain people” (4). Next, acknowledge and understand your privilege and actively listen to marginalized people with empathy. Don’t get defensive if people of color call you out for saying something insensitive. Instead, try to understand where they are coming from and recognize that it took probably courage for them to share their feelings with you. Lastly, put everything into practice
- Many Asian Americans go through an identity crisis
- Microaggressions create long term damages
- Speak up — don’t be silent and call it out