The date coincides with the birthday of Vincent Chin, whose brutal murder in 1982 sparked national outrage and led to the pan-ethnic AAPI movement that exists today. Following are statements from members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus:
Rep. Judy Chu (D-Pasadena), CAPAC chair: “On this inaugural AAPI Day Against Bullying and Hate, I join my colleagues in the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus to denounce xenophobia and hate in our country. Nearly four decades ago, Vincent Chin was brutally murdered by two auto workers who mistakenly believed he was Japanese and blamed him for the loss of American manufacturing jobs. His death, and the subsequent denial of justice for his family, brought together a diverse coalition that forged the pan-ethnic AAPI movement we have today. Decades later, his story reminds us of the continued need to speak out against hate and injustice whenever they occur.
“Unfortunately, there has been an alarming rise in bullying, discrimination, and violence targeting the AAPI community over the past few years. For instance, half of Asian American students, two-thirds of Sikh American students, and half of Muslim American students report being bullied because of their identity. There has also been a surge in hate violence impacting the South Asian, Muslim, and Sikh communities that have led many to feel unsafe in their own schools, neighborhoods, and houses of worship.
“So as we commemorate the first AAPI Day Against Bullying and Hate, let us recommit ourselves to denouncing hate and working together to build a more inclusive society.”
Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.), CAPAC firs