Dear KoreanAmericanStory.org Community,
Like many Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) across the country, we at KoreanAmericanStory.org are left shaken and mourning as there continues to be an uptick in anti-AAPI violence and hate. We mourn together over the recent tragedy in Atlanta where 8 people were killed—six of whom were Asian, including four women of Korean origin.
In the last year alone there has been nearly a 150 percent increase in anti-Asian hate crimes, primarily in New York City and Los Angeles. We know this number is likely much higher given our community’s reluctance to report for many reasons (cultural, linguistic and societal barriers). Many of us are fearful for ourselves, our grandparents, parents and children.
KoreanAmericanStory.org was founded to document the Korean American experience through personal stories. We believe that by capturing and sharing our authentic stories, we enable others to see our shared humanity. For too long, the injustices and discrimination faced by AAPIs have often been dismissed or ignored.
To our Korean American community: What can we do? Share our stories. Oftentimes people outside of our community do not know what we are experiencing. By sharing our stories, we help others see what we all have in common as people, regardless of race. Now, more than ever, we need to lift up our voices as a community to amplify our stories in support of one another.
Share with us your experience or how you are feeling about the continued surge in anti-Asian violence and hate at submit@KoreanAmericanStory.org.
Please consider these other resources for support and more information about reporting: