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Time to see and listen to Asian Americans

  • Indah Setiawati

    The Jakarta Post

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Columbia, Missouri   /   Mon, March 29, 2021   /  03:53 am
Time to see and listen to Asian Americans Placards showing the names of victims of the Atlanta shooting are displayed during a 'peace vigil' for victims of Asian attacks, at Union square in New York City, New York, United States, on March 19. (AFP/Ed Jones)

Soon Chung Park, Hyun Jung Grant, Sooncha Kim, Young Ae Yue, Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Delaina Ashley Yaun and Paul Andre Michels. These are the names of eight victims who were brutally killed during a shooting spree in three spas in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 16. Six of them were women of Asian descent. The suspect, a 21-year-old white man, killed them and blamed the victims and their workplace for his sex addiction. There was a hollow feeling in my heart when I learned about the shooting the next day. A police statement about the suspect saying that the attack was not racially motivated kept echoing in my head. Let’s rewind his actions. He targeted Asian-American owned businesses, gunned down six Asian women and two other victims and later rationalized his attack by blaming them for his sex addiction. I am an Asian woman. When I saw the victims’ names and their ...