[Libs-Or] Statement condemning anti-Asian hate crimes/solidarity with Asian American library workers

ACRL Oregon acrlor at olaweb.org
Fri Mar 19 12:08:00 PDT 2021

The ACRL Oregon Board stands with all Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
against acts of white supremacy targeting Asians and Pacific Islander
Americans. We are utterly heartbroken by the murder of eight people in the
Atlanta area, six of whom were Asian and immigrant women. We stand in grief
and solidarity with those who have experienced

“gendered racial violence and racialized sexual violence
We stand in community with APANO <https://www.apano.org/>, APALA
<https://www.apalaweb.org/>, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance
<https://www.apalanet.org/>, Chinese American Library Association
<http://www.cala-web.org/>, and the many other affinity groups of AAPI
workers in libraries and beyond.

>From 2020-2021, there have been more than 3,800 incidents
<https://stopaapihate.org/reportsreleases/> reported to the Stop AAPI Hate
reporting center. As hate crimes targeting Asian American communities are
on the rise
we also recognize that this is not an isolated moment in time. From the
Chinese Exclusion Act and the incarceration of Japanese Americans during
World War II, to outrageous stereotypes in the media ridiculing and
dehumanizing Asian Americans, the United States has a long history of
anti-Asian violence. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Asian
American Studies and Gender and Women’s studies departments articulated
this history

“The recent rise in anti-Asian violence against all ages and genders in the
context of the COVID-19 pandemic has a deep-seated history in U.S. culture,
white supremacy, and harmful stereotypes of Asian migrants as carriers of
disease and contagion. The former president fueled this hatred by
repeatedly calling the coronavirus the “China virus,” and “kung flu,” and
his words are echoed by millions of Americans even as reported anti-Asian
violence rose 150% in 2020. But this latest incident of violence demands
that we account for the specific vulnerabilities of Asian migrants who are
targeted while working at massage parlors and spas, Asian migrants who are
often poor and sometimes undocumented, Asian migrants who are subject to
sexualized violence whether or not they traded sex because of an enduring
animus toward sex workers, Asian women, and immigrants. After all, it is
the fantasized figure of the migrant Asian sex worker who is the foundation
of U.S. anti-immigration law. The first immigration restriction
legislation, the Page Act of 1875, prohibited the migration of all Chinese
women, described as “lewd” and “immoral,” on the assumption that all
Chinese women engaged in sex work. A century of U.S. military operations in
Asia and the Pacific oversaw the expansion of sex trades around bases, and
reinforced the non-accountability for U.S. soldiers’ racialized sexual
violence toward all Asian women, from Okinawa to Saigon to Manila. Asian
and Asian immigrant women have been particularly vulnerable to multiple
forms of violence within these longer histories of U.S. militarism and law.”

There is no room for hate in libraries. Racism, misogyny, xenophobia,
sinophobia, systematic, intentional and intersectional violence and other
forms of white supremacy will not be tolerated in our communities or in our
libraries. We encourage and support all academic libraries and academic
library workers in their efforts to eliminate white supremacy in their
How can academic libraries and library workers in Oregon respond?


   Educate yourself on the history of anti-Asian bias and atrocities in
   Oregon, including but not limited to the Hells Canyon Massacre
   and Oregon’s Japanese incarceration camps during WWII

Other resources include:


   History is in the Interpretation: Asian Americans in Portland

   The Racist History of Portland, the Whitest City in America


   Oregon Historical Quarterly - White Supremacy and Resistance

   What if heroes were not welcome home?


   Check in with your community of coworkers and patrons. In the middle of
   a pandemic, state-sanctioned murder of BIPOC, the grief of COVID-related
   losses, environmental disaster upon environmental disaster, the stresses of
   systemic racism we already endure, and now these murders, our community
   members need each others’ care, solidarity, and support more than ever.


   Interrupt macro and micro aggressions. Commit to speaking up anytime you
   witness anti-Asian sentiments or other types of racism—in your family,
   among your friends, with your colleagues and patrons, and out in public.


   Support the organizing work of AAPI-led groups and community-based
   solutions. Engage with racial equity work and build community solidarity by
   donating and volunteering at:


   Red Canary Song <https://www.redcanarysong.net/>, a grassroots
   collective of Asian and Migrant Sex workers, organizing transnationally.


   Asian Americans Advancing Justice- Atlanta
   <https://www.advancingjustice-atlanta.org/>, first and only nonprofit
   legal advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the civil rights of
   Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) in
   Georgia and the Southeast.

   Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon <https://www.apano.org/>, a
   statewide, grassroots organization, uniting Asians and Pacific Islanders to
   achieve social justice, using collective strengths to advance equity
   through empowering, organizing and advocating with API communities.

   The National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF)
   <https://www.napawf.org/> mission is to build collective power with AAPI
   women and girls to gain full agency over our lives, our families, and our
   communities. Using a reproductive justice framework, NAPAWF elevates AAPI
   women and girls to impact policy and drive systemic change in the United

   18 Million Rising (18MR) <https://18millionrising.org/> brings Asian
   American communities together to reimagine Asian American identity with
   nuance, specificity, and power.


   Distribute materials against hate in your library and to your patrons.


   Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance’s Anti-Asian Violence Resources

   APANO’s Resources Guide for Anti-hate Activists

   5 Things to Consider When Experiencing Hate/ 5 Ways to Help When You are
   Witnessing Hate <https://stopaapihate.org/together/>

In solidarity,

The ACRL Oregon Board
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