We are reaching out to provide support and to acknowledge the recent and horrible murders in Atlanta of Daoyou Feng, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, Soon Chung Park, Xiaojie Tan, Yong Ae Yue, Delaina Ashley Yaun, and Paul Andre Michels. Of those killed in Atlanta, there were six Asian women. We vehemently condemn these acts and other xenophobic attacks targeting members of the Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Below are some statements that have been published by different associations in Psychology and Educations also providing support. Also below are some resources from the Asian American Psychological Association, which were adapted and dispersed by the Division 17 Section for the Advancement of Women (SAW).
Asian American Psychological Association
Asian American Psychological Association Statement
"The Asian American Psychological Association firmly opposes the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announcement threatening deportation of international students who do not participate in in-person programming."
American Counseling Association
ACA Responds to Violence and Bullying Against Asian American Community
"The recent mass shooting of eight people in Atlanta, six of whom were Asian American women, has underscored a disturbing surge in racist-driven violence against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community."
National Association of School Psychologists
NASP Condemns Violence Against AAPI Communities, Urges Schools to Reinforce Students’ Safety, Well-Being
"Acts of violence against members of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities across the country—punctuated by yesterday’s shootings in Atlanta, GA—have escalated dramatically over the past year."
American Psychological Association
Statement of APA president in response to Atlanta-area spa shootings
"The American Psychological Association is horrified by these senseless shootings, which have struck at the heart of the Asian American/Pacific Islander community in the United States."
American Educational Research Association
Statement by AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine
"The shooting deaths of eight people, including six women of Asian descent, in Atlanta yesterday is a horrendous tragedy, and just the latest incident in an ever growing wave of mass violence in our country. We extend our deepest sympathy to the loved ones of the victims and to communities in Atlanta and across the United States that have been deeply affected by this senseless assault."
Resources dispersed by the Division 17 Section for the Advancement of Women (SAW)
Healing Resources for AAPI folks:
- Asian American Feminist Antibodies (care in the time of coronavirus)
- Report AAPI Hate and access resources
- Blog post on self-care tips for Asian Americans during COVID pandemic
- Liberate Meditation (meditation app by and for BIPOC)
- Psychology Today blog post: Radical healing in times of fear and uncertainty
- Understanding Racism and Its Related Stress Can Help People of Color Cope with Negative Effects by past AAPA President Dr. Karen Suyemoto and colleagues
- Surviving Racism Amidst COVID-19 - by Yin J. Li
- Guide to responding to microaggressions - by Dr. Kevin Nadal
- Dr. Sherry Wang featured on May Lee Show to explain how Asians can protect themselves during the coronavirus crisis
- Dr. Alicia del Prado’s blog post: Stay Proud: Being Asian American Is a Good Thing
- Tips on helping children cope with COVID-related stigma and racism from school psychologists
- Card game to promote intergenerational communication and story-telling (great for shelter in place!)
- Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Chinese and Spanish versions available)
Consciousness Raising Resources:
- Asian American Feminist Collective Resources
- Racism and Sexism must be considered in the Atlanta killing of 6 Asian women
- New Yorker article, Confronting Anti-Asian Discrimination During the Coronavirus Crisis
- NPR Code Switch Podcast: When Xenophobia Spreads Like A Virus
- Dr. Miguel Gallardo’s Cultural Humility Podcast with Dr. Doris Chang “COVID-19 and Asian Communities: Where Racism and Bigotry Are Also a Health Hazard”
- Take a 1-hour bystander intervention training to stop Anti-Asian/American and xenophobic harassment, offered by Hollaback and Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ)