March 23, 2021

A History of Hate

In light of the targeted violence against the Asian community last week in Georgia, Maria and Julio unpack the root causes that led to this tragedy, including a history of racism toward AAPI communities and racialized misogyny against Asian women. They speak with Sung Yeon Choimorrow, executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, and Kristine Villaneuva, a journalist and project editor at Resolve Philly’s “Equally Informed” initiative. They also hear from Leng Leng Chancey, executive director of 9 to 5, who spoke about what's needed for the path toward liberation for communities of color. ITT Staff Picks: - Karissa Chen wrote for NBC Think on the history and issues with the "massage parlor" stereotype: “That is the state of being an Asian woman in America: Your existence is constantly dehumanized, sexualized and objectified; for many, you are merely a colonizer’s fantasy.” - Self Evident, a podcast that centers Asian American stories, shared via Twitter how the show began covering anti-Asian violence last April, in addition to thoughts about how the burden of this work largely falls on Asian American journalists, educators and activists. Check out their latest episodes here. - "The social media conversations to #StopAsianHate and #StopAAPIHate arose from a collective breaking point in Asian America. Asian American experiences, histories, pain and joy have been disproportionately invisible in our textbooks, and in mass media, keeping most of us from understanding our own struggles," writes Jezz Chung in this piece for The Lily, which also includes a list of resources to continue learning and supporting. Photo credit: AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes  

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