Official Response to the Flyer Mailed to APASS

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Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Last Updated: 2/13/14 at 4:42pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

On Thursday, February 6th, students were notified of an anonymous flyer mailed to the USC Asian Pacific American Student Services, the same one sent to the UCLA Asian American Studies Center. The document contained highly offensive language and imagery directed toward Asian Pacific Americans and, more specifically, Asian Pacific American (APA) women at USC. It was a racist and misogynistic attack with clear intentions not only to target the collective APA community but also to pit people of color against one another.

The flyer utilizes images and slurs deeply rooted in America’s history of racism. APA women have long been the victims of discrimination. Legislature such as the Page Act of 1875 denied APA women entry into the United States by institutionally labeling them as prostitutes. More recently, the movement #NotYourAsianSidekick brought to public attention the struggles of APA women, even in progressive spaces. Though the United States has made institutional strides to promote equality, prejudices against APA women are alive and well.

This kind of language simply cannot and should not be tolerated. Racial and culturally derogatory epithets do not have a place in conversations under any circumstance. At a university that claims to be highly diverse and fully inclusive of all its students, we must foster mutual understanding and respect for members of our community regardless of nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, and other differences. Together, we can work toward deconstructing the causes for such abhorrent actions and establishing a more welcoming and safer environment for all.

We stand with UCLA in solidarity against this hate incident. We call upon USC administration and staff to bring attention to these matters involving all students of color—not just APAs. Making steps to ensure culturally relevant representations on all levels of faculty, staff, and administration; transforming our educational programs to include promotion of racial awareness; and increasing institutional support for the APA community are among the first steps toward a more accepting campus culture. We also call upon other student of color communities at USC and beyond to join us as we create a more inclusive campus environment.

Moving forward, we look to our Trojan family and beyond to support us in this endeavor. Issues of diversity are too often overlooked, and we must continue to mobilize and push students toward awareness and education. As a united community, we must, we can, and we will continue to fight against all discrimination and ignorance.

Signed,

Asian Pacific American Student Assembly, University of Southern California

Student Coalition for Asian Pacific Empowerment, University of Southern California

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PDF Version: USC_APASA_SCAPE_Hate_Flyer_Press_Release

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We have intentionally decided not to include the image of the flyer in this press release. If you would like to view this image, please refer to UCLA APC’s official press release.

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The undersigned communities are in solidarity with us.

 

Asian American Business Association, University of Southern California

Asian American Tutorial Project, University of Southern California

Asian American Student Association, University of Utah

Asian Greek Council, University of Southern California

Asian Pacific American Coalition, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association, University of Southern California

Asian Pacific American Student Alliance, Rice University

Asian Pacific Student Association, University of California, Irvine

Asian Pacific American Student Development, University of California, Berkeley

Asian Pacific American Students for Leadership, De Anza College

Asian Pacific Coalition, University of California, Los Angeles

Asian Pacific Student Coalition, University of Pennsylvania

Academic Culture Assembly, University of Southern California

Black Student Assembly, University of Southern California

Cal Students for Equal Rights and a Valid Education, University of California, Berkeley

Chinese American Student Association, University of Southern California

Concerts Committee, University of Southern California

Delta Phi Kappa, University of Southern California

Diversity Affairs Committee, University of Southern California

East Coast Asian American Student Union

Environmental Student Assembly, University of Southern California

Hawaii Club, University of Southern California

Hmong Students at Berkeley (HSAB), University of California, Berkeley

Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Student Association

International Student Assembly, University of Southern California

Kazan Taiko, University of Southern California

Korean Student Association, University of Southern California

Latino/a Student Assembly, University of Southern California

Nikkei Association, University of Southern California

Performing Arts Committee, University of Southern California

Political Student Assembly, University of Southern California

Queer and Ally Student Assembly, University of Southern California

REACH! (Asian Pacific Islander Recruitment & Retention Center), University of California, Berkeley

Senator Sevly Snguon, Associated Students of the University of California, University of California, Berkeley

Senator Sean Tan, Associated Students of the University of California, University of California, Berkeley

Sigma Omicron Pi, University of California, Berkeley

Sigma Phi Omega, University of California, Berkeley

Society of Physics Students, University of Southern California

South Asian Rural Student Aid, University of Southern California

Speakers Committee, University of Southern California

Special Events Committee, University of Southern California
Taiwanese American Organization, University of Southern California

Taiwanese American Students Club, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Trojan Pride, University of Southern California

Troy Philippines, University of Southern California

Vietnamese Student Association, University of Southern California

Vietnamese Student Union, University of California, Los Angeles

West Coast Asian Pacific Islander Student Union

Women’s Student Assembly, University of Southern California

Zeta Phi Rho, University of Southern California

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