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Simon Fraser大学传播学院声明:针对亚裔的种族主义和暴力根源在于殖民主义、军事占领、战争、种族灭绝政策和剥削劳工的资本主义体系

来源:Simon Fraser大学   更新:2021-04-07 15:07:35   作者:Simon Fraser大学

The School of Communication Statement on Anti-Asian Racism

 

"The School of Communication decries the mass shooting of the eight women and men killed on March 16, 2021, in Atlanta, Georgia. We are greatly saddened by the loss of each person and recognize the devastating impact of this tragedy on their loved ones and communities, as well as on all racialized communities.

 

  • Soon Chung Park, age 74
  • Suncha Kim, age 69
  • Yong Ae Yue, age 63
  • Paul Andre Michels, age 54
  • Hyun Jung Grant, age 51
  • Xiaojie Tan, age 49
  • Daoyou Feng, age 44
  • Delaina Ashley Yaun, age 33

These individuals were targeted because of the killer’s and Western society’s racism and misogyny against women of Asian heritage and im/migrant communities, exacerbated by the hateful rhetoric around the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

While this atrocity took place in the United States, anti-Asian racism crosses borders with popular media and digital platforms intensifying the circulation of hate and violence. Racist attacks are on the rise today in Canada: the Vancouver Police Department reported a staggering 717% rise in anti-Asian hate crimes from 2019 to 2020. The School of Communication recognizes that anti-Asian racism extends beyond attitudes and media representations. Anti-Asian racism and violence are rooted in the legacy of colonialism, military occupation, war, and genocidal policies, as well as systemic dependencies on hyper-exploited populations whose labour provides everything from food and electronics, to domestic labour in an environmentally destructive capitalist system.

 

Historically, Canada was a settler colony that depended on Asian migrants—especially here in British Columbia—to build the infrastructure necessary for an economy based on resource extraction in the unceded territories of hundreds of sovereign First Nations. Canada saw Asian migrants, along with Indigenous peoples and Black communities, as a threat to an imagined white settler nation that depended on the land, labour, and enslavement of these communities. In the early 20th century, for instance, the federal government designed laws to stop the immigration of Chinese Canadians and South Asians and restricted the rights of those who managed to secure citizenship status, while it used the War Measures Act in the 1940s in an attempt to remove “all people of Japanese racial origin” from Canada. Discourses about “the yellow peril” that were historically deployed to incite hate and fear continue today, as do exclusionary laws, institutions and programs like the Temporary Foreign Workers Program.

 

All of this strikes at the heart of SFU as an institution, whose classroom and programs rely on the experiences and expertise of Asian-identifying students, staff and faculty. We are committed to the empowerment of Asian-identifying members of our communities and solidarity with Indigenous, Black, Muslim and other communities of colour who have been targets of invasive surveillance, police violence, incarceration, mass shooting, murder, and genocidal policies. Amid the momentum of online activism and street protests galvanized by efforts against anti-Asian violence and discrimination, we urge recognition of difference—of how racism, Islamophobia and colonialism articulate across our intersectional differences. The School of Communication is planning a forum for our community to discuss anti-Asian racism in the coming weeks. We are also planning events and conversations in Fall 2021 to continue the work of intersectional forms of solidarity and allyship in support of ongoing activism, research and teaching towards social justice, anti-racism and decolonization.

 

Resources on Anti-Asian Racism


SFU Public Square on Anti-Asian Racism during the Pandemic

CBC News report on Anti-Asian Violence in Canada

Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice

 

SFU’s Digital Democracies Institute, SFU’s School of Communication and the Canadian Association of Cultural Studies have generously offered to support the anti-racist and decolonizing programming.

 

This statement is written by Asian-identifying faculty members in Simon Fraser University’s School of Communication and supported by the following signatories (names will be added as we receive them):

 

Daniel Ahadi
Brenda Baldwin
Ellen Balka
Alison Beale
Davina Bhandar
Aleena Leng An Chia
Peter Chow-White
Wendy Hui Kyong Chun
Karrmen Crey
Milena Droumeva
Zoë Druick
Emma Keeler-Dugas
Andrew Feenberg
Manjeet Gill
Michael Griffith
Shane Gunster
Sun-ha Hong
Adel Iskandar
Christopher Jeschelnik
Dal Yong Jin
Sami Lee
Frederik Lesage
Kirsten Emiko McAllister
Cait McKinney
Alberto Toscano
Siyuan Yin
Enda Brophy
Yuezhi  Zhao
Stuart Poyntz"

 

(Source: The School of Communication Statement on Anti-Asian Racism )

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