Xue Haipei, chairman of the Chinese American Federation, said that the shooting in Atlanta had “shocked and saddened” the Asian community. He hoped that Asian Americans would unite to fight racism and racial discrimination, thereby affecting American society.
Xue Haipei, chairman of the Chinese American Association (UCA), pointed out, “We can no longer remain silent, we must stand up and speak up. Society needs everyone’s participation. The more you participate, the more it belongs to you. Social participation in all aspects.”
On the 20th local time, Xue Haipei told a reporter from China News Agency that Asians can no longer be “dumb”.
That night, UCA held candlelight memorial activities in more than 20 cities across the United States to mourn the eight victims who were shot in the Atlanta, Georgia shooting recently, including six Asian women.
The event in Washington DC that night was held in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Volunteers lit candles to commemorate the dead, surrounded by signs with slogans such as “Stop hatred against Asians”, “Hate is a virus”, and “Diversity is strength.”
Xue Haipei said that the shooting in Atlanta made Asian groups “shocked and sad.” While mourning the dead, he also hopes that Asian Americans can unite and speak up, fight racism and racial discrimination, and affect the United States. society.
In the past year or so, the number of assaults against Asians in the United States has been on the rise. According to statistics from the US anti-discrimination organization “Stop AAPI Hate”, since March 19 last year, the agency has received 3,795 cases of attacks on Asians. In January and February this year alone, there were more than 500 attacks against Asians, 68% of which were verbal attacks and 11% involved physical violence.
Qiu Xinqian, who is studying for a PhD in American Studies at the University of Maryland, told China News Agency that, as a Chinese American, the violence against Asians caused by the coronavirus epidemic made her “very scared.” As an Asian woman, she has to maintain a “high tension mode” this year even when she goes to the supermarket or walks on the street, and this fear is very common among her Asian friends, and even intensified.
Many Asian groups in the United States organize “demonstrations”
Paul Lee, who is engaged in financial work, also said that the recent violent attacks against Asians made him angry. Asian groups “can no longer continue to be silent, obedient, and not seen, and can no longer continue to be a group that is submissive in the eyes of American society.” We want to speak, and we also have the right to speak”.
In Xue Haipei’s view, the recent increase in hatred of Asians has something to do with the coronavirus epidemic. The epidemic has caused unemployment, and many people have a bad life and resentment. Former President Trump’s continuous use of terms related to China and Chinese to describe the coronavirus has also made “many people take Asians, especially Chinese, as a punching bag.”
Recently, the U.S. Congress held the first hearing in decades on violence against Asians. Many Asian parliamentarians strongly condemned hatred and violence against Asians at the hearing.
Chinese Rep. Meng Zhaowen said at the hearing, “Our group is bleeding. We have been in pain for the past year.” Chinese Rep. Zhao Meixin also said that since January last year, discrimination against Asians has escalated from verbal attacks to physical violence. “The crisis faced by Asian Americans cannot be ignored.”
In recent days, a number of Asian group organizations have held “Stop Hatred to Asians” marches across the United States, in order to arouse American society’s attention to the discrimination and violence suffered by Asian groups. Various Chinese and Asian organizations, including UCA, hope that in this way, Asians will no longer be “dumb” in American society.