I hope you are all healthy and well during this time. These past few months have been challenging for many of us. In May 2020, StarVista acknowledged the significant increase across the country in racism, stereotyping, and discrimination toward people who are of Asian descent during the COVID-19 pandemic. We reaffirm our stance against racism and xenophobia.
We are saddened and outraged by the violent attacks on Asians, including the recent attacks in Georgia, resulting in the loss of Soon Chung Park, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, Yong Ae Yue, Delaina Ashley Yaun, Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, and Paul Andre Michels – six of whom were Asian women.
In response to these events, StarVista’s Board of Directors passed this resolution condemning the violence against the AAPI community.
STOP AAPI HATE, a platform for reporting and tracking hate crimes and violence against the Asian American Pacific Islander community, shared in its National Report that their reporting center received 3,795 incidents from March 19, 2020 to February 28, 2021. In addition, it provided a breakdown of some of the types of discrimination the AAPI community faced:
Types of Discrimination
- Verbal harassment (68.1%) and shunning (20.5%) (i.e., the deliberate avoidance of Asian Americans) make up the two largest proportions of the total incidents reported.
- Physical assault (11.1%) comprises the third largest category of the total incidents.
- Civil rights violations — e.g., workplace discrimination, refusal of service, and being barred from transportation — account for 8.5% of the total incidents.
- Online harassment makes up 6.8% of the total incidents.
Source: STOP AAPI HATE NATIONAL REPORT
Wishing you continued health and safety. We are in this together.
Sara Larios Mitchell, Ph.D., MACP