As a PTA, we see and acknowledge the pain and anger that so many of our Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) families and community members are feeling after the murder of Soon Chung Park, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, Yong Ae Yue, Delaina Ashley Yaun, Paul Andre Michels, Xiaojie Tan, and Daoyou Feng in Atlanta and the increasing anti-Asian racism and violence that people of Asian descent are experiencing.
We stand in solidarity with our AAPI families and community members. We stand against racism, xenophobia, bias, and prejudice in all forms and are deeply committed to equity and social and racial justice.
Please click here to read a letter written by Dr. Mia Charlene White, a local Black woman of African American and Korean descent who organizes with SOMA Justice, in association with our local community and co-signed by many local groups and residents including South Orange Village President Sheena Collum and Maplewood Mayor Frank McGehee. It contains valuable resources for working in solidarity to dismantle white supremacy and stop AAPI hate.
To read the South Orange Maplewood School District’s Statement on Violence Against AAPI Community, click here.
For advice and resources for how to talk to children about anti-Asian violence, click here.
For resources from Stop AAPI Hate, click here.
For books featuring AAPI children and other BIPOC representation, please visit AsianLitforKids’ Bookshop by clicking here.