The Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies categorically condemns the attacks on Asian Americans in Atlanta on March 16, 2021, and rejects the rise in anti-Asian violence and discrimination of the past year. These acts are rooted in a long American history of white supremacy, xenophobia, and anti-immigrant racism, and our department exists to oppose such bigotry and bias through education, language learning, international collaboration, and scholarly activism. We stand in solidarity with UNC’s newly established Asian American Center and our long-standing partner the Carolina Asia Center and offer our support to all Asian and Asian American students, faculty, and staff.
Some resources suggested by Professor Heidi Kim, Director of the AAC, among other friends and colleagues:
Asian American Community Organizations
UNC Asian American Center. Asian American Center (unc.edu)
North Carolina Asian Americans Together. North Carolina Asian Americans Together (ncaatogether.org)
Counseling and Psychological Services
Asian American Psychological Association COVID-19 Resources, AAPA COVID-19 Related Resources – Google Docs
Asian Americans and the Movement for Black Lives (Workshop). March 31, 2021 7 p.m.
Asian Mental Health Collective (online community for Asian mental health support). Asian Mental Health Collective (asianmhc.org)
Asian, Pacific Islander, and South Asian American Therapist Directory
24-Hour Asian LifeNet Hotline. Call 1 (877) 990-8585, Available 24/7. Languages available: Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, Fujianese.
Resources for Reporting Hate Crimes
External Reporting Resources
- Stop AAPI Hate
- North Carolina Asian Americans Together (NCAAT)
- Fair Housing NC – Know Your Rights
- NAPABA Hate Crime Resources
Readings and Teaching Resources
Ho, Jennifer. “Anti-Asian Racism, Black Lives Matter, and COVID-19.” Japan Forum, DOI
Hsu, Madeline. Asian American History: A Very Short Introduction.2nd ed. Oxford University
Lee, Erika. The Making of Asian America: A History. Simon & Schuster 2015.
Lopez, Ian Haney. White By Law: the Legal Construction of Race. 10th Anniversary edition.
NYU Press 2006.
Maeda, Daryl. Chains of Babylon: the Rise of Asian America. University of Minnesota Press
Ngai, Mae. Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America. Princeton
University Press 2014.
Schlund-Vials, Cathy, Linda Vo, Scott Wong (eds). Keywords for Asian American Studies. New
York University Press 2015.
- “Teaching Against Racism in the time of COVID-19 Resources” by Professors Anna Guevarra (firstname.lastname@example.org), Director and Associate Professor of Global Asian Studies, Michael Jin (email@example.com), Assistant Professor of Global Asian Studies and History, and Gayatri Reddy (firstname.lastname@example.org), Associate Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies and Anthropology at the University of Illinois Chicago.