The Department of History strongly condemns racist violence, intimidation, and discrimination in all forms, including those against Asians and Americans of Asian descent, with whom we stand in solidarity. On March 16, 2021, a white gunman killed eight people—six of them women of Asian descent—at an Asian American-owned business outside of Atlanta. The United States has a long history of racism, xenophobia, hatred, and violence toward Asians and Asian Americans. We condemn anti-Asian actions, words, and ideologies in all forms and stand with our friends and colleagues in the UNC Asian American Center, Carolina Asia Center, and the wider Asian and Asian American community.
Below are some useful resources from our Asian and Asian American studies colleagues to help Carolina students, faculty, and staff in this difficult moment.
Lisa Lindsay, Chair
Events and Statements
“Asian Americans and the Movement for Black Lives” (Workshop). March 31, 2021 7 p.m.
“Yellow Peril and Anti-Asian Prejudice in the Shadow of Coronavirus” (Seminar Recording, Carolina Asia Center)
Message from University Leadership in Support of Our Asian American Community,
Asian and Asian-American Community Organizations and Campus Centers
Asian American Center. Asian American Center (unc.edu)
Carolina Asia Center, https://carolinaasiacenter.unc.edu/
Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (unc.edu)
North Carolina Asian Americans Together. North Carolina Asian Americans Together (ncaatogether.org)
Resources for Counseling and Psychological Services and Reporting Hate Crimes (Asian American Center)
Readings and Teaching Resources
Brockel, Gillian. “The Long, Ugly History of Anti-Asian Racism and Violence in the U.S.” The Washington Post, March 18, 2021. https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/03/18/history-anti-asian-violence-racism/
Ho, Jennifer. “Anti-Asian Racism, Black Lives Matter, and COVID-19.” Japan Forum, DOI 10.1080/09555803.2020.1821749. https://doi.org/10.1080/09555803.2020.1821749.
Ho, Jennifer. “To Be An Asian Woman in America.” CNN, March 17, 2021. https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/17/opinions/to-be-an-asian-woman-in-america-ho/index.html
Hsu, Madeline. Asian American History: A Very Short Introduction.2nd ed. Oxford University Press, 2016.
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 2009.
Ngai, Mae. Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America. Princeton University Press 2014.