Statement and Resources for the Asian community

Statement and Resources for the Asian community
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Statement and Resources for the Asian community

The month of May marks Asian Heritage Month and is a time for us to come together and celebrate the history and contributions that people from the Asian community have made. The Asian student population at the University of Ottawa has made a positive impact on the academic, advocacy, social and cultural fabric of our campus.

However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have witnessed the rise of anti-Asian racism and violence against the Asian community. The University of Ottawa is not exempt from the anti-Asian sentiment either. Recently, the professor of a management course at the University of Ottawa “jokingly” accused Asian students in the class of “writing to their Chinese minister” and that all Chinese students in her class are “spies”. Saying “it’s a joke” is not a defence for racism, and we want to condemn any form of discrimination and violence against the Asian community. 

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We believe that the solution to systemic racism against Asian and other racialized communities must include solidarity across racial and ethnic lines. Thus, we have compiled a list of resources for the Asian community and allies to report hate crimes, get involved and educate. Our Racialized and Indigenous Student Centre (RISE) is also posting features and infographics about Asian history and anti-Asian racism throughout the month of May. 

It is not enough to simply condemn racism; we need to join forces and stand in solidarity with the Asian-Canadian community to be actively anti-racist.

How to help

If you are a victim or witness of a hate crime, you can report the incident at Canadian Anti-racism network (you may choose to remain anonymous). If English or French is not your first language, you can report a hate crime in your mother tongue at: 

Organizations and Resources

Media

Letter to the editor: We must denounce anti-Asian racism: https://thefulcrum.ca/opinions/letter-to-the-editor-we-must-denounce-anti-asian-racism/