The roots of injustice, racism and violence directed against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in the United States took hold long before the horrific March 16 killings in Atlanta — and long before the novel coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, China. Speaking to the moment, several Princeton faculty members and alumni have shared their expertise, historical research, and personal perspectives on racism against Asians and Asian Americans through appearances in online events and across news platforms and social media, as well in the virtual classroom.
Editor's note: This story has been continually updated with additional statements, story links and social media posts since it was first published on March 18.
In addition, Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber wrote a March 17 post expressing solidarity with the AAPI community at the University and around the world. Statements from other campus leaders include:Nolan McCarty, interim dean of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs (read here) Andrea Goldsmith, dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science (read here) Pablo Debenedetti, dean for research (read here) Maggie Dillon, executive director, Sharon Lyu Volckhausen, chair of the Board of Trustees, and Elizabeth Rodriguez Chandler, vice chair of the Board of Trustees, on behalf of Princeton in Asia (read here) Anna Shields, the Gordon S. Wu ’58 Professor of Chinese Studies and chair of Department of East Asian Studies, and Stephen Teiser, the D. T. Suzuki Professor in Buddhist Studies and director of the Program in East Asian Studies, on behalf of the department and program, respectively (read here).
Below, you can read, watch and listen to some of the Princeton faculty and alumni contributions to this vital national dialogue.