In Solidarity & Support of Our AAPI Family

Friday, March 19, 2021

Dear PiA Alumni, Family, and Friends, 
 
We are writing to you today in response to the deeply disturbing increase in hate crimes, discrimination, and harassment against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community during the COVID-19 crisis, and the horrific shootings in Atlanta earlier this week. We mourn the deaths of the eight victims in Atlanta, six of whom were Asian women. We condemn each and every one of the 3800 hate incidents against AAPI individuals reported over the past year and all those that have gone unreported. Today and every day, we stand in solidarity with the AAPI members of the PiA family, staff, Trustees, Fellows, and alumni, and all of the AAPI community at large. 
 
Princeton in Asia condemns discrimination, violence, and hate crimes against Asians, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Racism against the AAPI community has been historically invisible, and we must fight back against the injustice the AAPI community continues to endure.
 
We recognize the feelings of pain and fear these unspeakable crimes have amplified in the AAPI community. We sincerely hope that the AAPI members of our community are finding space and time for processing, grieving, and self- and community care. PiA will be offering listening and processing sessions to our AAPI Alumni through Konterra in the coming weeks and will communicate details as soon as they are confirmed. We are also including links to resources for self- and community care below.
 
As an organization that works to foster goodwill and understanding between the US and Asia through person-to-person exchange, we call on our community to carry forward this important mission here in the US by fighting anti-Asian racism, xenophobia, and discrimination in all its forms. These recent events highlight the importance and heighten the urgency of our work at PiA to overcome this injustice, and to fight racism in all its forms, through education and action. We include links below to resources and information about organizations fighting anti-Asian racism to learn from and support, and we will continue to update you on PiA’s ongoing anti-racism work. As always, we are grateful for the feedback and involvement of our community in these important efforts, and we invite you to connect with us and share feedback (including anonymously) through this form.
 
The Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander community at PiA has always been, and will continue to be, an essential source of leadership and strength at our institution. We recognize and celebrate their leadership and contributions, and we express our wholehearted love, care, and support through solidarity and continued learning and action.
 
Yours sincerely,
Maggie Dillon, Executive Director
Sharon Lyu Volckhausen, Chair of the Board of Trustees
Elizabeth Rodriguez Chandler, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees



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