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Statement on Anti-Asian Violence

 As members of the UNC Chapel Hill community, we are deeply saddened by the tragic events that occurred last week in Atlanta, resulting in the death of eight people, including six women of Asian descent. This is just the latest manifestation of a dramatic increase in anti-Asian violence throughout the country and a long legacy of anti-Asian violence in the United States that must be vigorously countered.

 

We in the Curriculum in Global Studies condemn in the strongest terms these hate crimes promoted by the anti-Asian and misogynist rhetoric of white supremacy. Unfortunately, in addition to over 3800 hate crimes targeting the Asian American community in the past year alone, these ideologies have a long and violent history in the United States. As members of a scholarly community committed to honoring cultural difference, global interconnectedness and our rich diversity, we are particularly troubled by these acts, and want to affirm our commitment to helping disseminate critical, historical and accurate understandings of the diverse communities that constitute and enrich our state and country, as well as dispelling the ignorance and misinformation that continues to fuel acts of white supremacy, misogyny and hate. We also want to extend our solidarity and support to all members of our community experiencing heightened fears and burdens due to the current climate.

 

In addition to Counseling and Psychological Services for students, and the Employee Assistance Program for faculty and staff, the UNC Asian American Center has a resources page of hate crime reporting mechanisms and student-curated mental health resources, should you need them.

 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need any additional support!

 

Finally, we believe it important to acknowledge and say the names of the victims: Daoyou Feng, 44; Paul Andre Michels, 54; Xiaojie Tan; Delaina Ashley Yaun, 33; Hyun J. Grant, 51; Suncha Kim, 69; Soon C. Park, 74; Yong A. Yue, 63 and the sole survivor Elcias Hernandez-Ortiz, 30.

 

In solidarity,

The faculty and staff of the Curriculum in Global Studies