The University of Chicago Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS), as a community, is heartbroken by the recent anti-Asian hate crime in Georgia and the tragic deaths of six women of Asian descent and two others. Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the victims and the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. This horrific event is part of a disturbing rise in Anti-Asian hate crimes and violence towards the AAPI community across the United States. We at CEAS condemn all acts of racism and violence and we stand united with Asian and AAPI people on our campus and beyond.
To our University of Chicago community, we hope you are staying safe and taking care of your well-being and health. Please know there are University Resources available to help support people who have experienced acts of bias, hate, racism, or feel under threat, and to assist others to act in support of their fellow community members.
Here are some additional things you can consider right now:
This violence must stop. United we can continue to fight and overcome racism in all its forms. We remain resolute in our mission to support education to promote diverse perspectives and greater understanding about East Asia.
Susan L. Burns
Director, Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago
Professor of History, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the College