Amanda Chu (SFS’22), Creative Writing Minor, Reflects on Asian American Lives Lost in Atlanta Shooting in Baltimore Sun Article

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Earlier this week, Amanda Chu, a junior creative writing minor and SFS student, shared her deeply personal reflection to the Asian American lives lost in the recent Atlanta shooting in an article published by The Baltimore Sun. Here is the opening paragraph:

When I found out about the shootings in Atlanta, the massacre of six women of Asian descent and two others by a white man, I started crying so hard I couldn’t stop. I thought about my Asian American friends, my parents who work in small Chinese businesses, all the Asian women I know who raised me, who taught me, whose immigrant blood runs through mine. I thought about myself, how I grew up wanting to be American, not realizing I already was by my birthright, because as the extreme violence in Atlanta showed, the country does not recognize Asian people as part of the American identity.

As the article continues, she also provides some historic context for the rise in anti-Asian sentiment—noting that “it’s important to remember that this is not the first wave.”

Read Amanda’s full thought-provoking response to this hate crime here (new window).