Between March and October of last year
, más que 2,800 reports of anti-Asian hate were logged on StopAAPIhate.org
, a website that tracks and responds to incidents of hate and violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States
. What’s worse
, it’s frequently our elderly and grandparents who are under attack
But we don’t have to suffer in silence.
Just in the past few weeks
, there’s been more awareness around anti-Asian racism because we’ve been getting louder
, incluso Daniel Dae Kim
y Daniel Wu and activists like Amanda Nguyen are using their megaphones
, while Asian-American media such as NextShark are reporting on these crimes and tribulations daily
. I view this moment as an incredible inflection point
, and we need to keep the momentum going
. We need to come together and own our collective strength
The business community also has an important role to play in building on this momentum
. Since March
, a staggering
38% de hate incidents toward the Asian American Pacific Islander
) community have taken place at businesses
Brands should do more than upload a generic “we stand in solidarity” post to their social media accounts — this feels like performative messaging at a time when we need real, lasting change. Invest in organizations that advocate for Asian Americans. Take measurable actions to boost Asian representation across ranks, and provide clear paths to opportunities and promotions. Train employees on racial bias and the vast differences between races — we are not a monolith. Create safe spaces for employees to unpack their feelings, and take a few minutes to ask your Asian colleagues, “How are you doing in all this?”
To my AAPI brothers and sisters: Your voice is powerful. Use it. Start a dialogue with a non-Asian, because no one’s going to fight our fight for us. Speak your truth. Talk about what it’s like to be you, especially the parts that are hidden from view. Share a photo of your family, your grandparents. Report on the injustices you’ve witnessed or see in real time, and hold people accountable.
When I gave birth to bi-racial twins almost one year ago, something instinctual happened: I sang to them in Chinese, I fed them congee, I celebrated Lunar New Year by parading them around our neighborhood in red and gold garb. pensé, if I can’t learn to be proud of all the parts of me, how could they?
I now talk openly about the very things I had tried to brush off for most of my life. I’ve had direct conversations with leaders at my own company to bring the issue of microaggressions to light and how we can better advocate for AAPI employees. On social media, I’ve started to call out influencers in the fashion industry for cultural appropriation and offenses against the Asian community — most recently, when I spotted a designer celebrating a T-shirt that featured a racist caricature.
It’s time to stop politely waiting our turn to speak. As a culture that values filial piety, the deep respect and care for elderly, we must protect them. As a culture that nurtures the next generation, we must give them a better future. And we need to do it in solidarity. Because when other people hear our stories, we no longer become invisible. We start to take up space and, en turno, reshape our place in the world.