UM Humanities Institute Statement: In Solidarity and Against Racism

Soon C. Park, Hyun J. Grant, Suncha Kim, Yong A. Yue, Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Delaina Ashley Yuan, Paul Andre Michels
6 of the 8 victims of last week’s Atlanta spa shooting were Asian women. The Humanities Institute stands with the AAPI community in mourning the deaths of each of the eight victims. In the past year, Asian-Americans were targeted in nearly 3,800 hate incidents, according to Stop AAPI Hate. A legacy of violence and discrimination against Asian Americans has spiked during the pandemic. This moment calls on each of us to learn about and act against the racist systems, rhetoric, and beliefs that place Asian Americans at risk. When racism melds with sexism, gender-motivated hate crimes such as the one in Atlanta this past week create a dangerous climate for Asian-American women especially.
The Humanities Institute recognizes the ongoing reality of racism against the AAPI community. Our goal of supporting humanistic scholarship includes that of Asian American scholars. Humanities scholars provide us with an understanding of the complex realities of hate and discrimination. We are committed to creating space for continual dialogue and action.