Tracey Wong. Photo courtesy of Tracey Wong

Thank you, community, for speaking up about the Anti-Asian assaults, violence, and murders that have been rising since the beginning of our pandemic.

Thank you community for also shedding light to the complexities of how increased policing in our neighborhoods and how the anti-Black rhetoric in our communities is NOT the answer as we are all fighting white supremacy together.

I noticed this pattern in me in silencing my stories of the Asian American experience and I am working towards breaking this cycle of silencing myself and still this idea of ‘not enough’.

To hear stories of how before 1886, Tacoma, WA used to have a vibrant Chinatown that was burned down and our people assaulted, dozens murdered or driven out by white people is painful — but I never gave that space. And today, to see so many Asian elders be assaulted, murdered in broad daylight makes me so fucking angry, but I noticed how there was apart of me that didn’t want to center Anti-Asian violence.

But something I am starting to realize that there is space.

To be able to show up and stand against this system of white supremacy is necessary. White supremacy shows up as anti-Blackness in our Asian communities. It shows up as horizontal oppression when Black and Asians are pitted against one another. It shows up when we are scapegoated. It shows up when the model minority myth that tries to divide us. It shows up in racism, transphobia, misogyny, homophobia, anti-Indigeneity, and other forms of systemic oppression.

It’s everywhere, but so are we. So are our hearts’ desire to continue to grow, to learn, and to see a world that is aligned in community care & accountability, solidarity, real equity, restorative justice, and really seeing people.

My heart goes out to the people who have been harmed & to families who have lost their loved ones to violence — Breonna Taylor, Vicha Ratanapakdee, Nina Pop, and many named and unnamed.

So my ask for myself and my community is for us to continue to show up. And showing up looks so different for all of us; there isn’t just one way.

You can support Asian-owned businesses or volunteer to support any Asian elders that live alone to accompany them to the grocery stores safely. I think many of the Chinatowns are organizing volunteers for different community care actions (like CID Neighborhood Watch!) You can have conversations with loved ones, you can amplify messages, or you can create your own to speak up about the Anti-Asian violence. You can donate to the victim’s families, you can show love to your Asian loved ones by making offerings that you think they would appreciate.

As it is Black history month, you can take time to learn about Black history, to support Black-owned businesses, to learn and honor how Black communities have paved the way for many of our communities of color to work towards liberation. You can donate to the victim’s families and to Black-led organizations. You can show love to your Black loved ones by making offerings that you think they would appreciate.

All year-round we can continue showing up; finding ways of living and being that are in alignment with what we believe in authentically. You know you’re doing it best.
Let’s continue to show up.

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