Mar 19, 2021
NOTE: This statement was updated on March 23, 2021 to correct previously misstated and newly announced names in light of updated information from the press.
The Kitchen stands in solidarity with the Asian American Pacific Islander community experiencing continued racial and gendered violence. The murders of Daoyou Feng, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, Soon Chung Park, Xiaojie Tan, Yong Ae Yue, Delaina Ashley Yaun, and Paul Andre Michels in the Atlanta area have followed a devastating year of exponential increases in anti-Asian hate crimes related to xenophobic scapegoating in the wake of Covid-19. Women have been the overwhelming targets of recent violence, and we believe it is important to use our platform to call out racialized misogyny.
Much of this violence has been underreported or ignored by the media. We want to amplify the work of the organizations Red Canary Song, Advancing Justice Atlanta, and AALDEF for their advocacy around civil, labor, and immigration rights for the AAPI community. Their work is part of a legacy of AAPI activism in America, and maintains their stances against over-policing in minority and vulnerable communities. We also encourage signing up for bystander training with Hollaback! to stand up to street harassment and to refuse to be silent witnesses to AAPI violence.