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Joint Statement of Asian Studies and College of Arts & Sciences against anti-Asian Racist Violence

March 17, 2021

Dear CAS Students, Faculty and Staff,

The College of Arts and Sciences and the Asian Studies Program are saddened and appalled to learn of the horrific shootings in the Atlanta area yesterday.  The shootings apparently targeted women of Asian descent.  As Anti-Asian racist violence, hate crimes, and vandalism continue to occur across the country, in the nearby International District, and elsewhere in Seattle, we write to condemn in the strongest terms possible these acts and affirm our stand in solidarity with our Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community members. We reaffirm the Seattle University statement against anti-Asian xenophobia and racism attached here, as well as an earlier statement by our Social Work Department, and declare our solidarity with our AAPI community members, with our neighbors in the International District and beyond.  Anti-Asian racism and xenophobic violence have a long history in the United States and are problems that stem from colonialism and white supremacy. Seattle University AAPI students, faculty, staff and their families have directly experienced increasing racist incidents recently. Between March 19, 2020 (when Stop AAPI Hate began collecting reports) and February 28, 2021, Stop AAPI Hate received over 3,795 firsthand accounts of anti-Asian hate incident nationwide. We are pained by your sufferings and would like to do our part to help. 

The College of Arts & Sciences is committed to the work of equity and justice that needs to be done against racism and xenophobia in our culture and our community. We encourage everyone who is interested to review the resources mentioned in the university email as we work together to support each other. Let us be especially supportive at this time of Asian and AAPI women in our community, who are in shock and pain. 

While working against racism we also recognize and celebrate our AAPI community members. May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. We deeply value the presence and contributions of local, national, and international students of Asian origin as members of the SU and College community. 

Colleges of Arts and Sciences


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Asian Studies has become one of the most exciting programs on campus. It is a multidisciplinary program designed for students interested in careers or graduate work in fields, where the knowledge of Asia and the ability to communicate and work in a multi-cultural setting are essential. The goal of the program is to foster the understanding and awareness of Asia that are critical to leaders and citizens of the 21st century.  As the closest US continental trading and transportation hub to Asia and with its large and growing Asian-American communities, Seattle is among the nation’s top metropolitan centers that have the deepest economic, cultural, and intellectual linkages with Asia.

In our multi-disciplinary program, you will enjoy a great range of courses offered by academic departments throughout the college.

You will gain a special expertise favored by many graduate programs and professions in today's society. The program aims to prepare you to work for different sectors, as well as for advanced studies. Your major in Asian Studies will prepare you to undertake entry-level professional jobs in the realm of Asian commerce, communication, or social justice work, or continue on to advanced studies of Asian and international studies in a variety of disciplines.

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