• Melissa Tan

Addressing the Recent Asian American Attacks

In a past article post, we addressed the early hate crimes targeted towards the Asian American community. More recently we witnessed the Atlanta shooting where 8 innocent lives were tragically taken.

As an Asian American myself, I feel the heartache and anger that many of my fellow other peers feel. Although the attack was “not racially motivated”, many can come to see that this is still considered domestic terrorism. A 21 year old man willingly went into a gun shop, bought a gun, and then proceeded to travel to two different salons where he opened fire and killed 8 people, 6 of those who were Asian American women.

“He had a bad day” was what the sheriff of the town where the salons were located said on live television. How can someone who simply had a bad day decide to come and attack so many lives? How is it that someone who had a “bad day” just decided to make the lives of those who were affected a permanent bad day.

As a result of the shooting, many Asian American creatives and others have come to social media once again to help educate non-Asian Americans on the situation and on ways that they are able to help and support one another. For Instagram posts, many are using the hashtag #STOPASIANHATE as a way to boost posts and direct many to the GoFundMe links provided for the families who lost a loved one. On TikTok, videos are being boosted where people are explaining why we must all come together as one and unite with each other. But most importantly, we must remember the names of those who passed from the shooting.

Their names are as follows:

  • Delaina Ashley Yaun, 33

  • Paul Andre Michels, 54

  • Xiaojie Tan, 49

  • Daoyou Feng, 44

  • Soon Chung Park, 74

  • Hyun JungGrant, 51

  • Sun Cha Kim, 69

  • Yong Ae Yue

If you love Asian food, listen to KPOP, watch anime, and use Korean Skincare products, then you should be helping the Asian community right now. There are many ways that you can help support.

  1. Post on social media using the PC hashtags available: #STOPASIANHATE, #HATEISAVIRUS, #STOPAAPIHATE

  2. Boost videos and posts regarding Asian American support

  3. Donate to GoFundMe for those who lost a loved one (links will be provided below)

  4. Continue educating yourself on the matter and remind others that hate is a virus

Links to verified GoFundMe accounts:

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