Over the course of the pandemic, conversations about #StopAsianHate increased, as we also saw a disturbing increase in anti-Asian attacks. Vancouver police at one time reported a rise of these attacks by more than 700%. Gender factors into this discussion as well, as the majority of the victims of these attacks identify as women. The horrific act of violence, in which eight people were killed by a gunman in Georgia, six of which were Asian American women, is tied to sexism and fetishization that Asian women in particular are subjected to.
Earlier this year, we hosted A Conversation about Anti-Asian Racism. Sandra SG Wong, local award-winning author of the Lola Starke novels and National President of Sisters in Crime, moderated. Invited to the discussion was Linda Hoang, one of Alberta’s leading social media strategists and popular blogger, Wing Kar Li, a doctorate holder in Neuroscience and passionate advocate of racial justice and social equity issues, and Rajah Maggay, the Vice Chair of Research for ParityYEG and Co-Founder of Political DIVAS. You can watch a replay of the event.
We’re so grateful to Sandra, Linda, Wing, and Rajah for sharing their experiences. If you'd like to learn more about some of the resources mentioned in the video, look no further.
Resources shared during the event include:
- 12 Online Resources to Learn about Racism
- #StopAsianHate: Asian North American Stories & Voices
- Asian Gold Ribbon - Educator Resources
- Edmonton workshop to help bystanders intervene in hate-motivated incidents
- Explained: Segregationists and Assimilationists vs. Antiracists
- Nice Racism: How Progressive White People Perpetuate Racial Harm
- Fight COVID-19 Racism
- Black Lives Matter Edmonton (BLMYEG)
- This Is the Anti-Asian Hate Crime Capital of North America
- Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice