Crowd of people gathered in an urban area for a candlelight vigil

Latinx Talk and Latina/o Studies Association Joint Statement Condemning Anti-Asian Violence

As the Advisory and Editorial Boards of Latinx Talk and the Executive Committee of the Latina/o Studies Association we condemn ongoing and recent acts of anti-Asian and misogynist violence, particularly the murders of eight individuals, six of whom were Asian immigrant women, in the Atlanta area on March 16, 2021.

We grieve alongside our Asian community members the deaths of Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Soon Chung Park, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, Yong Yue, Delaina Ashley Yaun, and Paul Andre Michaels. These killings reveal the ways that Asian immigrant women’s lived experiences are located at the intersection of U.S. imperialism in Asia, xenophobic immigration laws rooted in a history of Asian exclusion, and the exotification and hyper-sexualization of Asian women. This violent event also highlights the inequities that poor and working immigrant women endure on a daily basis.

Latinx Talk developed from its root-founding as Mujeres Talk, a woman-run and woman-centered online platform foregrounding the intellectual and political perspectives of Chicana, Latina, and Native women within and outside academia. These connections make it even more urgent that we speak out collectively against the anti-Asian violence and misogyny exhibited in the attacks on March 16th. The Latina/o Studies Association, which promotes and cultivates the many aspects of Latino/a/x Studies, recognizes the continued danger to the Asian American community and our own Latino-Asian members in this climate of anti-Asian antagonism.

We stand in solidarity with members of the Asian American community, including those within the Latinx community who identify as Asian and Asian American. In this moment it is imperative that we recognize the relational nature of racism as it is deployed against Asian American community members and how contemporary manifestations of anti-Asian racism and misogyny are inextricably linked to racism against other communities of color in the United States. As an online publishing platform and a scholarly association, we call for institutions to recognize the importance of Asian Americans Studies scholarship alongside that of other Ethnic Studies disciplines by providing greater support to the faculty, students, staff, and community members engaging in this work. We also reiterate the importance of centering, learning from, and taking the lead from community members directly impacted during these difficult times.

Image: “Hong Kong June 4 candlelight vigil 2009” by Lok Cheung is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

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