The past 12 months have been a difficult year for all and without a doubt, the recent rise in Anti-Asian violence and hate crimes is weighing heavily on us. It has been especially painful to see our elders and women targeted. It seems that now there are daily incidents being reported. It feels sadly familiar. It feels overwhelming. We need time to process. We grieve for the victims. We fear for ourselves and our loved ones. We may want to retreat. We might want to yell and scream because we are pissed.
It is important to acknowledge all these feelings, take care of each other, and ourselves. At the same time, TACT members are more determined than ever to work on multiple fronts to fight racism and hatred of all forms. We are doing it with our friends and family, with our colleagues and allies. We are doing it at home, at school, and across communities.
We are inspired by the countless individuals and organizations who have stepped up to denounce all these acts of violence and are doing their part, everyone from the brave volunteers who have taken upon themselves to organize neighborhood watches to protect our elderly in Oakland and SF Chinatowns to those who are working at the state and federal levels to advocate for change.
We are inspired by our educators who work tirelessly to educate and support students as they try to make sense of all this and to understand the history and underlying factors behind hate.
We are inspired by youngsters like Ashlyn So, a 13-year-old seventh grader at Burlingame Intermediate School, who organized a “Stand For Asians” Rally.
Indeed, none of us are sitting still. We stand with our community. We stand with you.
TACT Executive Board
We hope that the following information and resources will help support you in some way.
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We hope that you have had an opportunity to see the film, “Chinatown Rising,” either through the TACT-sponsored screening on November 2, 2019, or one of the other screenings in the community. This film has proven to be an invaluable documentary that charts the history of the Asian American civil rights movement of the 1960s through the 1980s.
TACT will be collaborating with the creators of the film, Harry Chuck and Josh Chuck, to create a Study Guide so that the film can be used as a resource for educators. We hope that the guide will be used for professional learning and to assist teachers with using the film in their classrooms to build cultural understanding and facilitate thought-provoking conversations.
As an educator or community supporter, we are asking for your input and assistance as we develop this Study Guide. We will be holding a special screening of the 84-minute film, followed by a discussion and brainstorming session with the filmmakers and fellow educators in the coming months.
If you are interested in working on this project with us or would like more information, please contact Christie Kitsuda at firstname.lastname@example.org by February 12th.
TACT is a non-profit operating under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3). We are entirely volunteer-run. Our tax ID is #94-2325845.