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The Asian American Playwright Collective is enraged and heartbroken by the murders of eight people, six of them Asian American women, in Atlanta. They were caretakers, parents, co-workers, relatives, friends, and neighbors. We grieve with their families, friends and the Atlanta Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.

 

We are incensed, yet unfortunately, not entirely surprised by the contrast between local law enforcement’s sympathetic response to the white gunman and their motivation versus the relative lack of humanity offered to describe the victims and the paucity of condolences extended to their survivors. The Atlanta shootings must be acknowledged as a hate crime rooted in white supremacy and misogyny.

 

During this pandemic, the frequency and intensity of harassment and violence against Asians have increased exponentially, spurred on by anti-Asian rhetoric from those in power. Women have accounted for more than 68% of reported incidences of anti-Asian harassment and violence. Our beloved elderly are being assaulted and killed in public spaces. 

 

Racism against AAPI communities is deeply entrenched in American history, but has been rendered invisible by white supremacy and normalized anti-Asian rhetoric. AAPI men have been scapegoated and marginalized. AAPI women have been hypersexualized, part of a larger legacy of Western imperialism and gender-based violence. AAPI trans, nonbinary, and gender non-conforming people continue to be erased and excluded. All AAPI groups have been dehumanized.

 

Enough is enough. We will not be silenced as the “Model Minority,” a divisive moniker that creates false divisions among groups of color and only serves to bolster a racist agenda. As AAPI artists, we will use our art to make our voices heard and work towards a better world, one where all of our communities can be safe from violence.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

The Asian American Playwright Collective 

 

Action Steps and Organizations to donate to:

 

Engage:

Massachusetts Town Hall on Anti-Asian Racism on Thursday, March 25th at 6PM

 

Get support:

Asian Mental Health Collective

Smithsonian APA Care Package: Cultural Nutrients for Times Like This

 

To report an AAPI Hate Crime: 

https://stopaapihate.org/

 

Donate:

 

To support the victims and their families: 

Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta

 

Local organizations:

Asian American Resource Workshop: AARW

Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence

Asian Women for Health

ASPIRE: Asian Sisters Participating in Reaching Excellence

Chinese Progressive Association

 

National:

https://polarisproject.org/

A. Rey Pamatmat In Conversation With BIPOC Playwrights

The Asian American Playwright Collective (AAPC) invites you to a conversation between playwright A. Rey Pamatmat and artists of color.

Sat, January 30, 2021

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST

Click here to register

A. Rey Pamatmat’s most recent work is part of a collaborative libretto for Desert In, premiering in 2021 at the Boston Lyric Opera/operabox.tv. His newest play is Safe, Three Queer Plays, which follows the seismic changes in Queer America through a gay man of color’s life. Plays include after all the terrible things I do (Milwaukee Rep, Huntington, AboutFace), Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them (Humana Festival, Company One), House Rules (Ma-Yi), Thunder Above, Deeps Below (Second Generation), and DEVIANT. Short works include Tilda Swinton Betrayed Us (Keen Company), This Is How It Ends (59E59), and Gratuitous Nudity… Bad Broccoli (Actors Theatre of Louisville). For television, he wrote on NOS4A2 and is developing a pilot with AMC. Rey’s plays have been translated into Spanish and Russian and performed in Moscow, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. They are published by Samuel French and Playscripts. Rey is a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab and was a Hodder, PoNY, and Princess Grace Fellow.

Reserved ticket holders will receive an invitation to the Webinar 48 hours prior to the event.

Videography by The Loop Lab

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