Statement Against Asian/Asian American Hate Crimes

May 23, 2012

Statement Against Asian/Asian American Hate Crimes

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"Dear The Ohio State University Community,

We the undersigned issue this public statement to strongly condemn the recent hate crimes and speech on and near the OSU campus. As members and allies of the Asian and Asian/Pacific Islander American community, we firmly believe the use of racial epithets and deployment of racist stereotypes to characterize a community are acts of intimidation and violence. We stand in solidarity with those committed to racial and social justice and inclusion at the University.

As part of our efforts to cultivate an inclusive campus that allows Asian international and Asian American members of the OSU community to feel welcome and at home at the University, we propose the following concrete steps:

  • Empower Asian/Asian American students to advocate on behalf of themselves and their friends when witnessing a microaggression, hate speech, or hate crime against Asian/Asian Americans and other marginalized groups;
  • Foster a broader dialogue connecting these incidents of racial violence with other hate crimes that occurred earlier this Spring on campus; and
  • Further dialogue concerning racism that impacts the Asian/Asian American community by working collaboratively across organizations, departments and programs at the University.

As an institution of higher learning invested in expanding its presence globally and attracting students from diverse backgrounds, The Ohio State University must foster mutual understanding, respect, and inclusion for members of our campus regardless of nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, and other categories of difference. We believe the University must lead by example through promoting and cultivating a sustained conversation across institutions, departments and organizations operating on campus.

If you would like to sign this statement, please contact Kimberly McKee, PhD Candidate, Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at mckee.517@osu.edu."

Sincerely,


Professors, Lecturers

  • Leslie M. Alexander, Associate Professor, Department of African American and African Studies
  • Morris Beja, Professor Emeritus, Department of English
  • Mollie Blackburn, Associate Professor, School of Teaching and Learning, College of Education and Human Ecology and Co-Director Sexuality Studies Program
  • Cynthia Callahan, Associate Professor, Department of English
  • Marjorie Chan, Director, Institute for Chinese Studies, and Associate Professor, Department of East Asian Language and Literatures
  • Jian Chen, Assistant Professor, Department of English
  • Kirk Denton, Professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
  • Simone Drake, Assistant Professor, Department of African American and African Studies
  • Nancy Ettlinger, Associate Professor, Department of Geography
  • Molly Farrell, Assistant Professor, Department of English
  • Francisco-Xavier Gómez-Bellengé, Associate to the Dean, Fisher College of Business
  • Harvey J. Graff, Ohio Eminent Scholar in Literacy Studies & Professor of English and History, Department of English
  • Lynn Itagaki, Assistant Professor, Departments of English and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Pranav Jani, Associate Professor, Department of English
  • Mitch Lerner, Director of the Institute for Korean Studies and Associate Professor, Department of History
  • Debra Moddelmog, Professor, Department of English and Co-Director Sexuality Studies Program
  • Lucy E. Murphy, Associate Professor, Department of History
  • Mineharu Nakayama, Professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
  • Jim Phelan, Distinguished University Professor and Editor, Narrative, Department of English
  • Joe Ponce, Associate Professor, Department of English
  • Patricia Sieber, Director of the East Asian Studies Center and Associate Professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
  • Mytheli Sreenivas, Associate Professor, Departments of History and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Maurice Stevens, Associate Professor, Department of Comparative Studies
  • Binaya Subedi, Associate Professor, Department of Education
  • H. Lewis Ulman, Associate Professor, Department of English
  • James M. Unger, Professor of Japanese, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
  • Robyn Warhol, Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English and Vice Chair, Department of English
  • Shannon Winnubst, Associate Professor, Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Judy Wu, Associate Professor, Departments of History and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Zhiguo Xie, Assistant Professor of Chinese in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
  • Laura Younger, Senior Lecturer in English at Ohio State University—Newark

Administrative Staff

  • Dr. Patricia Cunningham II, Director of Student Engagement, IPSC, Student Life
  • Cyndi Freeman, Director, Graduate Student Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives
  • Enjie Hall, Counselor, Office for Disability Services, Office of Student Life
  • Garett R. Heysel, PhD, Assistant Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Kashif Khan, Intercultural Specialist for Asian American Student Initiatives, Multicultural Center
  • Rebecca Nelson, Student Life

Alumni

  • Amie Kim, Alumna, 2001
  • Mitsu Narui, Alumna, BS 2000, PhD 2010
  • Deborah Gnann

Graduate Students

  • Sierra Austin, MA student, Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Andrea M. Breau, PhD Student, Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Sarah Carnahan, PhD Candidate, Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Camille Dantzler, MA student, Department of African American and African Studies
  • Sarah Dunlap, PhD Student, Department of English
  • Nicole Engel, PhD Candidate, Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Annabelle Estera, MA student, Higher Education and Student Affairs
  • Denise Fuller, PhD Student, Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Amanda Gerber, PhD, Department of English
  • N. Michael Goecke, PhD Candidate, Department of African American and African Studies
  • Hyeseon Jeong, PhD Student, Department of Geography
  • Elizabeth Lemons, MA Student, Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Kimberly McKee, PhD Candidate, Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Danielle Olden, PhD Candidate, Department of History
  • Tiffany Salter, PhD Student, Department of English
  • Brena Tai, PhD Student, Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • David To, PhD Student, Social Studies and Global Education
  • Adrienne Winans, PhD Student, Department of History
  • Shelley Wong, MFA Student, Department of English

Undergraduate Students

  • Christian Aldana, Undergraduate, 2014
  • Jaysen Arzadon, Undergraduate, 2014
  • Franchesca Brown, Undergraduate, 2015
  • Joseph Butso, Undergraduate, 2016
  • Merissa Chiu, Undergraduate, 2015
  • Wing (Katie) Chow, Undergraduate, 2013
  • Andrea Chu, Undergraduate, 2013
  • Yuri Doolan, Undergraduate, 2012
  • J'von Hicks, Undergraduate
  • Alan Keep, Undergraduate
  • John Kim, Undergraduate, 2014
  • Soohyun Kim, Undergraduate, 2013
  • Meera Kothari, Undergraduate 2013
  • Vigor Lam, Undergraduate, 2012
  • Genevieve Lee, Undergraduate, 2015
  • Juwon Lee, Undergraduate 2012
  • Steven Lim, Undergraduate, 2012
  • Stephen Meng, Undergraduate 2015
  • Andrew Philip, Undergraduate, 2014
  • Rebecca Ratnasingham, Undergraduate 2012
  • Spurthi Reddy, Undergraduate, 2014
  • Mutian Rui, Undergraduate, 2014
  • Deepa Singh, Undergraduate, 2014
  • David Tan, Undergraduate, 2011
  • Oanh Vu, Undergraduate, 2014
  • Hall Wang, Undergraduate, 2015
  • Christine Wu, Undergraduate, 2013
  • Shirley Wu, Undergraduate, 2015
  • Natalie Yoon, Undergraduate, 2013
  • David Young, Undergraduate, 2014
  • Justin Yu, Undergraduate, 2013

Institutions

  • East Asian Studies Center
  • Institute for Korean Studies
  • Asian American Association
  • Asian American InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
  • Hindi Club
  • InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Undergraduate Chapter
  • OSUStandYourGround
  • Taiwanese American Student Association
  • United Students Against Sweatshops