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Young People at a Workshop

Boldly Speaking.


Updated: Apr 24

Since the start of the pandemic, incidents of anti-Asian hate have been increasing in frequency and severity.  Violent acts of racism and xenophobia on the bus, while grocery shopping, while walking down the street, while sitting in a walker, and recently and devastatingly, while working, have become almost commonplace.  Their public nature demonstrates the vulnerability of our brothers and sisters in the Asian community to harm and trauma – and we know this is especially true for women and seniors.

Although light has been shone on this issue within the context of COVID-19 and white nationalism, it is important to note that anti-Asian racism has existed for as long as Asian immigration has existed in the United States and Canada.  What we are seeing today is a snapshot in a long history of otherness, exclusion and the denial of citizenship. 

The conversation has started, but the work has just begun.

After this month’s Atlanta spa shootings, I have struggled to find words that capture the depth of my empathy and sorrow at their pain.  Instead, I am yielding this space to share the story of Mary Zhu, who reflects on her identity, sense of safety and trauma in the aftermath of a racist attack.  Her narrative shows the everyday effects of racism and its destabilizing nature.  Since Boldly Inclusive often works with story to build understanding and promote anti-racism, hearing Mary’s experience in her own words is particularly powerful.

At Boldly Inclusive, we stand with East/Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander communities.  We condemn racism and xenophobia, and we will continue striving for allyship.  #StopAsianHate.

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