Students discuss anti-Asian hate crimes in forum


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Protestors hold up messages against anti-Asian violence in Chinatown Square on March 27. The protest was in response to the shooting in Atlanta, Georgia killing eight people, including six women of Asian descent.

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The recent uptick in the anti-Asian hate crimes that has occurred during the past few weeks has upset and disturbed many students, of both Asian and non-Asian descent. In an attempt to let people share their thoughts and feelings, the Asian Students’ Association hosted a forum at lunch on April 7 to discuss the violence and learn ways to be supportive. 

Panelists included Karen Kim, the director of the University of Chicago Center for Asian Health Equity; Fornessa Randal, co-director of the center; and Seeba Anam, an adolescent psychiatrist.

Ms. Randal, who is Black, talked about ways in which non-Asians can be supportive. 

Kriti Sarav, a student at the forum who identifies as South Asian, said prior to the event that she felt disheartened by Lab’s lack of interest in the discrimination against Asians. 

“I am not surprised any of this is happening,” she said, “but I’m just a little upset by the response from the Lab community on what’s happening towards Asians right now.”

Several non-Asian members attended the forum, prompting student organizers to ask questions about how allies can help. 

Ms. Anam mentioned the psychological effects of feeling like an outcast, as many people of Asian descent have said they have been treated in the past few weeks. 

Most of the meeting attendees stayed the whole time and seemed engaged in what the panelists had to say.