"Racism is poison. It can be an annoyance or an indignity, and sometimes, it can destroy people's careers (as in the case of Dr. Wen Ho Lee) or even destroy people's lives (as in the case of Vincent Chin). Racism can dampen the human spirit; it can dash your dreams." - Dr. Suzanne Insook Ahn
As historians, we know U.S. history is filled with examples of systemic racism and oppression that dehumanize people. Discrimination against people of Asian descent began as early as the 1800s, with the arrival of the first Chinese immigrants, and continues today.
According to StopAAPIHate.org, a total of 10,905 hate incidents against Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) persons were reported to Stop AAPI Hate between March 19, 2020 to December 31, 2021.
At the Dallas Asian American Historical Society, we condemn racism, xenophobia, misogyny, and racial and gendered violence. We also acknowledge that transformation and sustainable change require dismantling systems of oppression through a comprehensive and multi-racial approach.
We prioritize community-based responses and education/awareness to protect against anti-Asian hate incidents rather than relying on increased policing or law enforcement intervention that would perpetuate violence and trauma against fellow Black and Brown communities.
We believe cross-cultural community education and a fuller understanding of our history will promote empathy and racial healing. We strive to collaborate with others who are working to change the narrative and amplify historically-excluded voices.