Response to Anti-Asian Violence


Hand wearing latex glove reaches out against a black background with a red envelope tucked in and the words I AM NOT A VIRUS written in black marker on the palm.
I AM NOT A VIRUS (RED ENVELOPE) by Jacob Li Rosenberg, part of VIRUS (2020), a larger photographic work in response to anti-Asian sentiment and violence during the COVID-19 era. Proceeds from print sales will be donated to organizations supporting the APIDA community.

Our hearts are heavy with the news of the mass shooting in Atlanta that led to the killing of eight people, including six Asian women. While still under investigation, this attack occurs at a time when documented hate crimes against the Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi American (APIDA) community has seen a dramatic increase.

The Division of the Arts condemns acts of violence borne out of hate and racism. We will not ignore the presence and deadly impacts of white supremacy. As we mourn the losses, we also recommit ourselves to amplifying the voices, stories, and activism of the APIDA community.

We thank the UW–Madison APIDA Student Center Advisory Committee and Asian American Studies Program for providing a list of support resources. In addition, the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, the Immigrant History Initiative, and the Asian Art Museum bring the history and diverse cultures of Asia to life.

If you are struggling with the impact of the attack, some support options include:

The Multicultural Student Center and APIDA Student Center will share processing space opportunities soon. Let’s work together to #stopasianhate.


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Susan Zaeske, Interim Director of the Division of the Arts
and the members of the IDEA Committee