Friday, March 26, 2021
Dear ASA Community:
On March 16, 2021, Robert Aaron Long targeted three Atlanta-area spas and ultimately claimed the lives of eight people: Delania Ashley Yuan, Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Paul Andre Michels, Hyun Jung Grant, Soon Chung Park, Suncha Kim, and Yong Ae Yue. A ninth victim—Elcias R. Hernandez-Ortiz—is presently in intensive care recovering from significant gunshot wounds. Despite Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Jay Baker's repetition of the suspect's claim that the shooting was not racially motivated, while adding the galling characterization that Long was having a “really bad day," the Atlanta shootings represent—to varying degrees and divergent ends—a reckoning with the nation’s past (via a longstanding history of anti-Asian racism) and its present (a spike of anti-Asian violence in the midst of a global pandemic and intensified movement against antiblack police violence)...
In this spirit, we are writing to invite you (and others you may know beyond the extended ASA community) to contribute to a living, open access collection of critical work on anti-Asian violence. We emphasize abolitionist, feminist, queer, trans, migrant, refugee, disability justice and sex worker justice centered approaches. Included thus far are a modest number of works contributed by the current ASA leadership, including short videos, interviews, articles in popular venues, and scholarly essays. The link to this open access collection appears at the end of this communication, alongside simple instructions if you wish to make a contribution to it. We hope you and others will make use of this archive during and beyond this moment of vulnerability, grief, and crisis.