We Stand With the AAPI Community
Our Asian American friends, families, colleagues, and teammates are all under attack. Have all been attacked. Are afraid for their lives. We cannot be silent.
As a predominantly white studio, we are behind in our initial response to acknowledge and address these horrors. We are working with and thankful for the collaboration of our Asian American employees to right that.
Many of our teammates have been forced to think, “that could have been me.” For many of our teammates, it has been them. This impacts our Asian American colleagues directly, every day, and we refuse to tolerate it.
There has been a 150% increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in our nation since the pandemic started—1,900% in New York alone. And our own state is ranked 3rd in reported incidents of anti-Asian harassment since the start of COVID.
But this violence is not new. It has deep historical and systemic roots that cannot go unaddressed.
Words will never be enough to end the rhetoric, prejudice, hatred, and violence that has been inflicted on the AAPI community, perpetuated by the white supremacist society and systems we operate within.
So this is more than a statement that we stand in solidarity. There are specific actions we—as a predominantly white studio and as individuals—can take to support our colleagues and the greater AAPI community.
A non-exhaustive list of resources
- Articles by Michelle Kim (CEO of diversity training provider, Awaken)
- Breaking down Asian Pacific American bias
- How to vocalize support for AAPI
- How to support Asian American colleagues amid the recent wave of anti-Asian violence
- How to be an ally and help Asian Americans fight anti-Asian racism
- Resources for allyship and fighting anti-Asian discrimination
- Stop AAPI Hate National Report (March 2020 - February 2021)
- Bystander Intervention Training
- Consulting services by Kim Tran Ph.D., Consultant and Author
- Report a hate incident
- Diversity training provider, Awaken
Research, read, reflect, share, and act. Do not disengage. We will continue to share resources through The Weekly and our News Page.
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