Alexis Peterson, Coeditor

Stop-Asian-Hate Month is in April. In collaboration with Preble’s Diversity Leadership group, we’d like to call attention to the struggles of the Asian-American experience:

One of the Asian-American student leaders at Preble provided the statement below:

Thank you for asking and wanting to bring awareness to what is happening to my community. As much as we want to be heard and “known”, we are too silent to be taken seriously. Asian hate crime happens every day but it isn’t talked about enough. We go through racism and hatred as others, some just go through it more than one another. We are taken as a joke, and racism towards us is too normalized. My community wants each and everyone to just take notice that we are in pain and tired of this hatred towards our elders and ourselves. This pandemic gives no rights to anyone to hate on us because it “came from China”. We want no harm, just peace. 
As of right now, the only way to support my community is to bring awareness, sign petitions, donate, or do anything to take notice that we are getting unnecessary hatred. But why is it that we are only “heard” when my people are dying while they are doing their everyday thing, minding their business? And that is the only time we are taken seriously is when one or more of us are dead. We want peace, and we want our elders, and family members to stay healthy, and alive while we are still going through this pandemic.”

Asian-Americans face many issues due to their ethnicity and their Asian heritage. One of the struggles is with microaggressions. Micro-aggressions are passive comments, actions, or other social interactions that attack a specific aspect of a person’s life. Common micro-aggressions include comments about how Asians “don’t have an accent” or “speak English well”. These actions make a person feel undermined, undeserving, and disrespected, despite any other qualities they have. No one should have to face such an issue. To those who may see these events occur, call the individuals out, as this will bring awareness and bring positive change to our local community. These individuals also face many openly racist encounters on a daily basis, ranging from unwarranted public attacks to high rates of sexual assault.

The same student provided a poem, to emphasize the true depth of harm that these statistics expose.

But It’s Normal


Why is it so normalized?

When are they going to realize? 

The terror in our “small little eyes.”

The silent cries. 

That we tried, but why is it that one of us has to die?


But everyone dies?

Is that right? 

Why is it so normalized?


They make fun of our eyes. 

They say that their dog died. 

Because we ate him. 

Or that they want some chicken fried rice.


My parents came here so they wouldn’t die. 

They came to a place that would never realize,

Racism towards our community 

Needs to stop being so normalized. 


We aren’t saying that we want empathy.

We just want to see that we are going to be 

taken seriously. 


But maybe the only way to see that we are going to be 

taken seriously is by dying or jokingly joked about is 

if we can see. 


But maybe it is too normal

that another community needs to die. 

For you and others to realize that we are sick and tired. 


We want change and for you to stop 

allowing the hate crime towards us 

to be so normalized. 


But it’s normal is that right? 


In the next few months, the Diversity Leadership would like to encourage students: speak up and act against these actions. The first change that will lead to a complete social transformation is simply speaking up about these issues. SPEAK UP AND ACT OUT.