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ASF and FACS March 2021 Statement to our Community

Dear Colleagues,  

On Tuesday, March 16, 2021, an assailant traveled to three Asian-owned massage parlors in Atlanta and senselessly ended the lives of eight people, six of whom were women of Asian descent. The Asian Staff Forum and the Filipino American Community at Stanford express our sorrow and alarm at this tragedy, and our hearts and thoughts go out to the families of the victims. 

Although the suspect has allegedly claimed that his attacks were not motivated by anti-Asian animosity, law enforcement are still investigating if these attacks were racially motivated. We know that gendered and racial stereotypes contribute to the hypersexualization and dehumanization of Asian women, leading to alarming rates of violence against them. We also know that this condemnable act of violence is only the most recent in over a year of increasing attacks and incidents of hate directed against the AAPI community. 

StopAAPIHate recently released their 2020-2021 National Report from nearly 3,800 reported incidents of hate and violence against Asians over the past year. During our recent conversation with ABC7’s Dion Lim and Fremont Mayor Lily Mei on March 2, 2021, we learned that not every incident is reported, so the actual number of anti-Asian incidents is likely much higher.

We recognize that Stanford’s Asian American community and their allies are distressed by these acts of violence, and we are providing specific resources and action steps below. These resources should not be considered exclusive to the AAPI community, and we encourage you to share them broadly. The A3C also provides a comprehensive list of resources that staff and students can access.

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A major goal of Stanford’s Asian Staff Forum and the Filipino American Community at Stanford is to build a more inclusive and supportive community in which we all share a sense of belonging. We hope this message brings us closer to this goal. Please feel empowered to forward this message to anyone who needs to hear this message and to share the resources, and invite Stanford staff to join our mailing lists if they are interested in joining our groups.

Please let us know if you have any further ideas or questions about how we can take additional action in this direction. We welcome your feedback, and thank you for your allyship.

In community,

Cindy Cho and Serena Rao, on behalf of Asian Staff Forum

Diane Abundabar, Jerald Adamos, Imee Diego DuBose, Gretchen Fuentes, Mary Beth Cebedo Lefebvre, Ernesto Moya, Jennifer Roxas, Curie Sevilla, on behalf of Filipino American Community at Stanford