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Statement of Solidarity

In this time of urgency and crisis, we at the Department of Transnational Asian Studies and the Chao Center for Asian Studies denounce and condemn the recent horrifying rise in racist attacks against Asian/Asian-American/API communities. We wish to extend our support and solidarity to students, faculty, and staff, some of whom have themselves experienced stereotyping, intimidation, and the threat of violence. We encourage members of the Rice community to report any and all acts of bias and harassment, to act as allies, and to affirm and embrace our shared humanity.

On-campus resources include the Office of Multicultural Affairs, in the RMC Cloisters, and the Office of Access, Equity and Equal Opportunity.

The Rice Student Association (SA) and the Asian Pacific American Student Alliance (APASA) have composed a statement in response to the shootings which took place in Atlanta on March 16, killing 8 people, 6 of them women of Asian descent. The Chao Center for Asian Studies and the Department of Transnational Asian Studies join with Rice SA and APASA in condemning those violent attacks. Here is a link to their statement.


India's COVID-19 Crisis: How to Help

In response to the Covid crisis in India, our colleagues at the Institute for South Asia Studies at UC Berkeley have created a list of active relief organizations deserving of support. We are linking that list here and ask that you please consider donating to the life-saving work of these organizations if you can: https://southasia.berkeley.edu/indias-covid-19-crisis-how-help.

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