Asian American Program

Statement on the Atlanta Murders

On March 16, 2021, a White gunman shot and killed eight human beings in Atlanta, Georgia. Six were women of Asian descent. We honor their lives by naming them: Daoyou Feng, 44; Hyun Jung Grant, 51; Sun Cha Kim, 69; Soon Chung Park, 74; Xiaojie Tan, 49; Yong Ae Yue, 63. This mass shooting comes after a year-long assault against the Asian American community in which racist political rhetoric during the pandemic has put a bulls-eye on the backs of many Asian Americans. Asian American women have borne the brunt of this racialized marginalization and violence partly because of a long history of the objectification and sexualization of Asian women. These recent events and this past year tap into a history going back to the nineteenth century of anti-Asian racism, exclusion, mass incarceration, and hate.

We lament the destruction and marginalization of God’s image bearers. We remember the prophets of old who proclaimed, “Learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow” (Isaiah 1:17). As followers of Jesus Christ, who taught that the kingdom of God is a kingdom of righteousness, we believe that justice is central to the gospel and to God.

During the pandemic, the 3800 reported hate incidents against Asian Americans have taken an emotional and psychic toll upon the Asian American community. From the students of Asian descent at Princeton Theological Seminary, we have heard many stories of sleeplessness, nightmares, panic attacks, emotional breakdown, existential hollowness, terror in leaving the apartment (for mundane tasks), and above all, anger.

Many Asian Americans are angry that it takes a mass shooting to make visible the plight of Asians in America. We unequivocally condemn all acts of hate and violence against Asian Americans. We call upon Christian churches of all kinds to speak out against racism and misogyny in all its forms, especially against the Asian American community during these fraught times. We urge Asian American pastors to address the issue of racial justice for Asian Americans from the pulpit. We encourage Asian Americans to seek help and emotional support from their communities during this period of prolonged social isolation and racial violence.

Come Holy Spirit, we ask for your healing and reconciling power!

Steering Committee of the 2021 Asian American Theology Conference
Princeton Theological Seminary

Resources

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Honoring the Lives of Women Who Refuse to Be Scrubbed Away

When the deceased women are framed around the killer’s addiction, such speculation painfully flattens their stories.

Asian Americans

Excellent five-hour PBS docu-series on Asian American history, now available for free streaming.

Dr. Melissa Borja: Finding Strength to Carry on During #StopAAPIHate

Virulent Hate: Stories of Anti-Asian Racism and Asian American Resistance During Covid-19

AAPI Racial Trauma & Mental Health

This guide compiles resources and words that discuss the intersection of AAPI racial trauma and mental health.

#StopAAPIHate

Our communities stand united against racism. Hate against Asian American Pacific Islander communities has risen during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Asian American Religious Institutions Are Targets of Racist Attacks – And Also Sites of Resistance

The past year has seen a surge of hate and violence directed toward Asian Americans.

PTS Statement on Commitment to Asians and Asian Americans

Official Princeton Theological Seminary's Statement and Commitment to Asians and Asian Americans.

Statement on Anti-Asian Racism in the Time of COVID-19

#AACCStatement denounces the current rise in overt anti-Asian racism throughout our country.

A Call to Healing Asian Racialized Trauma

Asians don’t understand our racialized trauma.

Time To Say Goodbye: Interpreting the Atlanta massacre

March 23 podcast on Atlanta Massacre with Jay Caspian Kang, E. Tammy Kim, and Andy Liu.

Asians for Mental Health

Instagram Resource

Rolling Stone: Atlanta Spa Shootings: What Korean-Language Media Told Us That the Mainstream Media Didn’t

Korean American communities in Georgia and across the U.S. have been outraged at the differences between Korean-language and English-language coverage of the mass shootings.

#StopAsianHate Rally & Vigil

Sat, March 27, 2021, 1-3PM, Hinds Plaza, Princeton, NJ.

Look Again: Subverting the Model Minority Myth

An interactive online curriculum exposes the Model Minority Myth as a tool of White supremacy that projects certain images onto Asian Americans while erasing our actual experiences, struggles, and diversity.

Learning To Grieve Anti-Asian Racism As An Asian American

Why aren’t I angrier? Sadder? Why aren’t I speaking out? Compelled to action for my own people?

Asian American Christian Collaborative

The Asian American Christian Collaborative (AACC) seeks to encourage, equip, and empower Asian American Christians and friends of our community to follow Christ holistically.