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Asian American Studies

Protesting Stop AAPI Hate

Solidarity Statement

The Asian American Studies (ASAM) Program denounces the Anti-Asian violence in the United States and around the globe. There are over 24 million Asian Pacific Desi Americans (APIDA) identified individuals in the US. Asian Americans are not  a virus;  ignorance and racism are. Of the Fresno State Student Body, 14-15% are of APIDA descent. They are valuable members of our community and deserve to feel safe.

Unfortunately our Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) population has been targeted before with such racist legislation as the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act,  Gentlemen’s Agreement but there has also always been resistance.  Again APIDA groups are being discriminated against and disproportionately affected in business closings and bankruptcies.  We encourage the community to support our local Asian businesses such as grocers, restaurants, and neighborhood stores. Many Asian American groups are coming together to protect our communities.

See list of support services:

Standing Up Against Anti-Asian Hate

Asian American Advancing Justice has been working to raise awareness about the increased racism and discrimination against Asian Americans

Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA), Statement

U of Michigan APID/A Staff Association – Tips for Conversations Around Anti-Asian Violence

Resources on bystander training from Hollaback to learn how to assist in confrontational circumstances 

Association of Asian American Studies—a site for reporting bias incidents and AAPI studies—has released multiple reports of anti-Asian events 

LibraryStatement in Solidarity with AAPI Communities.


Mental Health Resources

Asian Mental Health Collective

Support for students: Student Health and Counseling Center

Support for faculty and staff: Employee Assistance Program


Central Valley Asian American Organizations

Central California Asian Pacific Women: Empowering generations of API women in the Central Valley since 1980

Hmong Innovating Politics in Fresno

Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries: FIRM

The Fresno Center


President Biden Signs Anti- Asian Hate Crime Bill.

Trees Peace For All

Image created by Pei-Chun Ho

Fresno State Stop Asian Hate Statements

Statement from interim President Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval, Ph.D.

Asian Faculty Staff Association (AFSA) statement addressing anti-Asian violence and related resources

California State University Statement: Racism and Xenophobia in the Age of Covid-19

Professor Gena Gong television appearance about the Asian American violence.

Op-Ed Opinion: We are three Asian American women living in fear. Don’t feel sorry for us. Do something By Virginia Loh-Hagan, Congcong Zheng and Nellie Tran  


News & Photo Analysis

Viral images show people of color as anti-Asian perpetrators. That misses the big picture.

Janelle Wong, a professor of American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, released her analysis of Anti-Asian Violence

‘I Have Never Seen the Asian American Community Galvanized Like This’

Good APIDA Books

10 Essential Books About the Asian American Experience

New Books on Asian and Pacific American History and Life

Add to the Crowd Sourced Document

AAPI Anti-Hate Community Resources

We are stronger together and we invite you to take more Asian Americans courses, and to consider a major or minor in Asian American and Asian Studies. If you think we need to do more to Stop Asian Hate and have more ASAM classes, please email Professor Jenny Banh (