The recent surge in racist and misogynistic violence against Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders, of which the latest manifestation is the massacre in Atlanta, has been acutely painful for members of our community. For many it has heightened a sense of vulnerability that was felt even before the pandemic and the rampant racism that grew around it. As Director of CESTA, I write to express unequivocal support for our Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander students and community members, with a deep sense of appreciation for your presence in the program. Please know that you are loved and that your feelings of fear, grief, and rage are recognized.
In our current circumstances, which have created distance between us and strained our experience of community, we must work all the harder to create safe, supportive, and caring environments predicated on sympathy and respect for one another. This is our goal at CESTA, and we are especially committed to those who feel alone and unrecognized in this moment.
I wish you all peacefulness in these trying times. Please don't hesitate to reach out if there is something that I and the CESTA staff can do to help.
Associate Professor of Classics and, by courtesy, of History
Omar and Althea Dwyer Hoskins Faculty Scholar
Director, CESTA (Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis)
Director, The Grand Tour Project at Stanford