Stand against Anti-Asian Bias Attacks and Racial Discrimination


We at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute unequivocally condemn racism in all its forms and are appalled by the recent violent attacks against individuals of Asian descent in our communities. As we face these challenges together, we encourage you to review the following resources.

Recommended Readings

Ashley Yung interviews the Columbia community on the Atlanta mass shootings. Eugenia Leans comments on the false perception about China in modern-day America. Lean says, “These are the things that are being levied against China as this emerging superpower in 21st-century capitalism, where manufacturing is subpar, science is questionable, and corruption permeates.” Read the full article by here.

", that shorthand source on all matters current and crude, cites the 'primary' definition of the Asian fetish as a 'strong attraction to Asians, most prevalent in Caucasian males. Although Asian girls have A’s in more than just grades: what they lack in boobs, they make up for in beauty. Usually exotic and petite, guys don’t necessarily feel superior but more masculine around them.' 

The perception of sexualized Asian women was informed by a long tradition of the Western male writing and controlling that perception, leaving the women with no agency and no control over their own representation. Asian women in the media have been few and far between; what few there were often had no choice but to take on the archetypal roles of Asian females. But the landscape is changing."

Read the full article by Patrick Park here

Kim Brandt discusses how a book titled Babysan: A Private Look at the Japanese Occupation offers insights into the critical question of how American soldiers actually behaved toward Japanese civilians including the over-sexualization of Asian women. Read the full article here.

Racial discrimination against people of Chinese and other Asian ethnicities has risen sharply in number and severity globally amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This rise has been especially rapid and severe in the United States, fueled by xenophobic political rhetoric and racist language on social media. It has endangered the lives of many Asian Americans and is likely to have long-term negative impacts on the economic, social, physical, and psychological well-being of Asian Americans. This essay reviews the prevalence and consequences of anti-Asian racial discrimination during COVID-19 and calls for actions in practice, policy, and research to stand against it.

Read the full article here.

A filmmaker, art historian, and collector, Wango Weng was influenced by his frequent travels across the Pacific Ocean. But while his works thematically bridged the United States and China, Weng’s prolific career has been largely overlooked by both Chinese and American histories.

The filmmaker, art historian, and collector was the subject of a recent online event organized by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute and the C.V. Starr East Asian Library. Learn more here.


Read the full article on the Honolulu Star-Advertiser here

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Remote Lecture Series “Asia in Action: Knowledge and Inclusion in a Time of Fear and Ignorance”

In response to troubling trends concerning anti-Asian sentiment, and a tragic rise in violence against Asians and individuals of Asian descent, the Weatherhead East Asian Institute (WEAI) will launch a remote lecture series titled Asia in Action: Knowledge and Inclusion in a Time of Fear and Ignoranceto be implemented during the remaining spring semester 2021 and throughout 2022. As part of the series, WEAI faculty and members will have the opportunity to host online lectures and panel discussions focused on discrimination and violence towards Asians and individuals of Asian descent, systemic racism, and topics of race and ethnicity in relation to Global East Asia more broadly.

Recommended Videos

Stand in Solidarity: Combating Anti-Asian Hate and Violence
Understanding Systemic Racism: Race, Caste, and Democracy
The Future Repeats Itself: Historical Sources for Anti-Chinese Animus Around the Origins of COVID
Pacific Crossings: Wango Weng and his Film Collection at Columbia
Telling Stories: Medicine and Institutional Racism with Bettina Judd and Raymond Givens


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Bystander Intervention

In response to the rise in Anti-Asian/American and xenophobic harassment, Hollaback! partnered with Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC to adapt our free bystander intervention training as well as offering a de-escalation training to meet this moment.

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NYC Human Rights

The New York City Commission on Human Rights site offers protection against discrimination and a place to file reports of discrimination. 

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Asian American Bar Association of New York

COVID 19 Resources: Anti-Asian Harassment and Violence

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National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

NAPABA has established pro bono legal resources to ensure that local communities have legal resources to address the most egregious hate-fueled attacks against our community. This includes the Hate Crimes Task Force, Stand Against Hate campaign, and Covid-19 resources

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Asian American/ Asian Research Insititute at the City University of New York

The Asian American / Asian Research Institute (AAARI) is a CUNY-wide scholarly research and resource center that focuses on policies and issues that affect Asians and Asian Americans. It covers four areas: Asian American Studies; East Asian Studies; South Asian Studies; and Trade & Technology Studies. This provides a list of coronavirus resources and anti-Asian discrimination resources. 

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Ways to Support Asian Communities

This list provides 68 organizations and funds to support the Asian community including victim memorials, community-restoration organizations, community-enrichment organizations, policy reform and social-justice organizations, legal defense organizations, and LGBTQ and gender-based organizations.

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Columbia University Safety Escorts

Morningside Campus. the Medical Center Campus and Manhattanville Public Safety provide escort services and shuttles at all times. Call 212-305-8100 for the Medical Center escort, 212-853-3301 for Manhattanville, and for additional information on shuttles and services, click here.

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SafeWalks is a community safety initiative formed during the weekend of New Year’s 2021 after multiple reports of women being violently assaulted at The Morgan L Subway Train Stop in Brooklyn. In early February, after a spike in subway assaults resulting in deaths, and xenophobic attacks on elderly Asians due to false accusations about COVID-19, SafeWalks has initiated expansion into Chinatown Manhattan and currently working towards setting up Safewalks in Harlem and Queens. To request a Safewalks or volunteer, click here


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Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action at Columbia Unversity

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) works to prevent and respond to discrimination and harassment by developing and implementing policies and procedures that address discrimination, harassment, gender-based misconduct, permitted and prohibited relationships, the duty to report and the duty to act, in accordance with relevant federal, state, and local anti-discrimination laws. For EOAA resources, learn more here.

Read Columbia's Non-Discrimination Statement and Policies here.

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Diversity and Inclusion Resources at Columbia Graduate School

At the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, diversity is an academic value — one that is a marker of institutional excellence as well as a benchmark of innovation for our research and scholarship, programming, and student experience. The Office of Academic Diversity and Inclusion is the space within GSAS in which we enact daily and intentionally our commitment to create an intellectual collective that is reflective of the disparate experiences of its constituents. For resources, click here.

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Columbia University General Concern Report

This General Concern form may be used by members and neighbors of the Columbia Community to report violations of the Columbia Community Health Compact , the Columbia University Rules of University Conduct , or other policies and to report general concerns involving Columbia University students and/or student groups, including bias. Reports regarding Discrimination, Harassment, or Gender-Based Misconduct; Academic Misconduct; and Hazing can be filed by using the appropriate form.

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Columbia Health Support Space for Asian Students

This is a virtual support space for Asian International and Asian American Columbia students to speak openly, in a safe environment, about their experiences and reactions to the recent and significant increase in anti-Asian violence. For more information, or to receive the Zoom link to join the group, please email Dr. Chung at [email protected] or Wardeh Hattab, LCSW at [email protected]  with “Asian Identity” in the subject line.