By Yuxin Waitkus-Tsang
Gabriela Bhaskar/The New York Times
“Are you okay?” is a question that I have heard many times over the course of the last couple of weeks. I’ve replied that I am fine, but honestly, I’m not. In the wake of the shooting in Atlanta that took eight lives, six of them Asian, the more important question to ask is “how can I help?”
The first thing you should do is to check in on your Asian friends. Chances are they feel scared. Scared for their friends and family, and scared for themselves. Make sure they know that you are there for them, and are available if they need to talk. The Asian community is hurt, and we need the support of others.
The second thing you should do (but equally as important as the first one) is to not engage or enable racist behavior. Call people out on their mistakes, check your insensitive jokes at the door, and try to understand and learn about what we are going through. If you do see a case of AAPI (Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders) discrimination or experience it, you can report it to Stop AAPI Hate, Stand Against Hatred, as well as NAPABA, if you want to take legal action.
Finally, while not mandatory, it is greatly appreciated if you can volunteer or donate to help protect Asians and put a stop to this violence. Donations can be made to #StopAsianHate on GoFundMe, Hate is a Virus, Stop AAPI Hate, and to support Asian businesses in NYC, you can donate here. To volunteer, you can join Main Street Patrol, which helps to keep the predominantly Asian community of Flushing, Queens safe.
The Asian community does not deserve the hate we’ve been experiencing over the past year, and we would really love to have the support of others during this time.