Last Tuesday, March 16, a white man shot and killed eight people in spa and massage businesses around Atlanta. The victims’ names were Soon Chung Park, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, Yong Ae Yue, Delaina Ashley Yaun, Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, and Paul Andre Michels. Six of the eight victims were Asian women. The shooter, Robert Aaron Long, said he had a “sexual addiction” and used the shootings as a way to eradicate his “temptation.” Please read the article linked above for more information on the shootings.
For many Asian Americans, the shooting spoke to the alarming increase in violence against Asian people during the pandemic, and for many Asian American women, testified to the specific conjunction of misogyny and racism they face. Please take a few minutes to read “The Atlanta Shooting and the Dehumanizing of Asian Women” by Jiayang Fan for the New Yorker, where she writes of her own experiences with racism and misogyny targeted toward Asian women as well as the extensive history of their dehumanization in light of the recent Atlanta shooting.
“But now I can’t help but think that I was also determined to capture something else: the split second in which a smidgen of sexual interest transmutes into racist scorn... Misogyny and racism have never lived neatly in their separate categories; they ravage by mutually reinforcing a narrative of a dehumanized “other.” The bodies of Asian women, in particular, have long been objectified and abhorred, fetishized and exoticized,” she writes.
The Minnesota History Center has a new exhibit titled Extraordinary Women. According to the exhibit’s webpage, it allows you to “walk among extraordinary Minnesota women who changed their communities,” “learn how featured objects reflect pivotal moments in their lives,” “be energized by their history,” and “leave ready to make history of your own.” You can learn more and claim a ticket here.
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Jury selection concluded Tuesday in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, charged in the murder of George Floyd. There are now a total of 15 jurors seated, with the 15th juror acting as an extra alternate in case one of the 12 jurors and 2 alternates are not able to be in court when opening statements begin Monday. You can catch up on this week with these articles from the Washington Post and the Star Tribune. The Washington Post article says the jurors “include one Black woman, two multiracial women, three White men, three Black men and six White women. Four jurors are in their 20s, three are in their 30s, three are in their 40s, four are in their 50s and one is in their 60s.” While Chauvin’s attorney requested Judge Peter Cahill delay and move the trial following the city’s $27 million settlement with Floyd’s family, Cahill has said “pretrial publicity… had not harmed Chauvin’s right to a fair trial.”
“To live through this period as an Asian-American is to feel defenseless against a virus as well as a virulent strain of scapegoating. It is to feel trapped in an American tragedy while being denied the legitimacy of being an American.” — Jiayang Fan,“The Atlanta Shooting and the Dehumanizing of Asian Women”