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Anti-Asian/Asian American history in the United States: TCC Campus activity, statements, and events

This is a guide in response to current and past instances of anti-Asian activity in the United States. This guide is a work in progress.

TCC Campus activity, statements, and events

This page includes a compilation of statements previously published from across the TCC campus community regarding anti-AAPI activity, as well as information about recent, and current events intended to inform and empower.

TCC and WACTC statements, resolutions

Dear Campus Community,

The shootings in Atlanta that killed eight people, of which six were Asian women, has once again raised alarms about the increased number of targeted attacks against Asians. Although the incident is still in its early stages of investigation, the fact that six of the eight people were Asian can’t be ignored.

Since the pandemic started, Stop AAPI Hate, a coalition that tracks incidents of violence and harassment against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S., reported nearly 3,800 instances of discrimination against Asians in the past year. The actual number is believed to be much higher. These incidents have targeted our most vulnerable community members, including the elderly and women.

I’ve written statements over the past year that condemn these incidents, and the TCC Board of TrusteesGov. Jay Inslee and WACTC all have written similar statements that support our Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. We must not only say these words, but act these words.

Our commitment and participation in normalizing anti-racism requires everyone’s participation every day, not just after horrible massacres that grab national media attention. I urge all of you to act on these values on and off campus. Our Significant Other affinity group leads and the Asian Pacific Islander Committee are considering how to take action as well, and when ready, they ask you to join their efforts.

We wish to assure our Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander members in our TCC family that you are not alone. You have an entire community standing with you. We will be strong for you when you feel sad, alone or frightened. We will speak up with you and not be silent. We are your family, and together we will defeat this.

Thank you,


July 10, 2020
The Board of Trustees of Tacoma Community College is committed to our core values of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. We are very troubled by what is happening to Asian Pacific Islanders in our community and country. Asian/Pacific Islander communities are suffering acts of discrimination, hate crimes, and
microaggressions due to fears of COVID-19. Some national leaders have used divisive and inflammatory rhetoric, referring at times to the COVID-19 virus as the "Chinese virus," and "Kung-Flu".
Such rhetoric is inaccurate and stigmatizing, tends to incite fear, promote xenophobic discrimination and violence, and puts Asians/Pacific Islanders at risk of harm and retaliation. As the COVID-19 virus has spread, numerous Asians/Pacific Islanders have reported experiencing microaggressions, racial profiling, harassment, and hate violence. Since mid-March, STOP AAPI HATE, has received more than 1,800 reports of pandemic-fueled harassment or violence in 45 states and Washington, D.C.
The Tacoma Community College Board of Trustees affirms our commitment to stand up against
discrimination and racism and intentionally create an environment that honors the well-being and safety
of Asian/Pacific Islander students, employees, and community members. We stand with them so they know they are not alone and that they can speak out to help stop the spread of bigotry and hatred.
President Ivan Harrell issued a strong statement to the campus community on this subject, including resources. Read his statement here:
The Board of Trustees of Tacoma Community College denounces anti-Asian racism and xenophobia. We condemn the rhetoric and racist remarks and actions of some national leaders regarding the COVID-19 virus. Tacoma Community College joins fellow community colleges, cities, counties, and states across the country in affirming its commitment to the safety and well-being of Asian/Pacific Islanders and in combating harassment, discrimination and hate crimes targeting Asians and Pacific Islanders.
Lois Bernstein Bob Ryan
Liz Dunbar Pat Shuman
Dona Ponepinto

Washington Association of Community and Technical Colleges Board of Presidents

Resolution Denouncing Anti-Asian Discrimination Caused by COVID-19 Pandemic in support of Asian American and
Pacific Islander Students, Faculty, Staff, and Communities

WHEREAS, the Washington Association of Community Technical Colleges represent a group of Presidents and Chancellors of Washington community and technical colleges with a mission of serving a diverse student body;
WHEREAS, the State Board for Community and Technical College Board has committed to leading with racial equity and advancing racial, social and economic justice in service to our diverse communities;
WHEREAS, there have been 5 federally designated Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions in SBCTC system since the establishment of this U.S. Department of Education Minority Serving Institution designation in 2006;
WHEREAS, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities make up 12% of our students across the state and 9% of our faculty and staff;
WHEREAS, the Asian American and Pacific Islander population is more heterogeneous than any other racial group in the U.S., with more than 48 ethnicities, over 300 spoken languages, various socioeconomic statuses, immigration histories, cultures, and religions;
WHEREAS, the COVID-19 Global Pandemic has greatly magnified the many economic, health, and racial inequities in our society, and stoked increasing incidents of xenophobia and racially motivated hate crimes against Asian Americans across the United States since the outbreak began;
WHEREAS, in the harassment and overt attacks of Asian Americans in particular since the outbreak, we see signs of racist ideologies like The Yellow Peril. In the lack of condemnation of these acts, we hear the official sanction of discrimination reminiscent of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882;
WHEREAS, as Presidents we are concerned for our students and colleagues who are at risk of being targeted in this environment in our communities and in their daily lives;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Washington Association of Community and Technical Colleges denounces racism against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in any form; joins communities, cities, counties, and states across the country in affirming its commitment to the safety and well-being of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and in combating acts of aggression and hate crimes targeting these communities. We commit our system to the development of an action plan to dismantle systematic injustices against historically marginalized groups. We commit our campuses to working collectively with allies to combat and disrupt instances of racism and intolerance against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders people in our communities.


Tacoma Community College Federation of Teachers (TCCFT) Executive Council members often close our communications with the phrase "In Solidarity." This is not an empty phrase; it reflects our never-ending goal of serving our faculty union membership. Today -- and every day -- our TCCFT E-Council and faculty union join Dr. Harrell, the TCC Board of Trustees, and the Asian and Pacific Islanders (API) Committee in voicing our solidarity and reiterating our commitment to our Asian and Pacific Islander community members. Anti-Asian violence affects our entire community, including our union community. You are not alone, and we grieve and stand with you. 

In addition to the excellent support resources that Dr. Harrell, the API Committee, and our faculty counselors have shared with our campus community this week, the TCCFT E-Council also wants to share some union resources that may be of service in this difficult time. 

  • AFT, our local union's national organization, provides 24/7 trauma counseling available free-of-charge for all union members. Counseling is available via phone, video, or text. To learn more about AFT trauma counseling services and how to access them, please visit or call AFT Trauma Coverage toll-free at 1-855-631-1421.
  • The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), a fellow AFL-CIO union along with AFT, has created the #WeKeepUsSafe: APALA’s Resource Guide on Anti-Asian Violence, with pulls together resources and actions to help us work together in the face of violence.
  • APALA has also created and shared the Asian American Racial Justice Toolkit, an in-depth toolkit made for and by Asian American communities.

TCC API Committee student support video and all-student email


Dear Asian and Pacific Islander Students,

Are you okay?

If not, we are here with you and for you.  News of the spikes of anti-Asian violence around the country (and world) can be terrifying.  Going for walks or shopping at groceries may suddenly feel risky.  We understand.  Members of the Asian and Pacific Islander Committee  offer ourselves as mentors, as friends, and as a network of support to help in any way we can.  This includes pointing you to campus and community resources.  

So, if you need anything, contact me, Mary Chen-Johnson, or the other API leaders:

We won’t leave you alone.


Sent as an email to current students from the Office of Student Engagement on 3/18/2021

Events at TCC

“Let's Talk: How to support API peoples and to counter anti-API Hate? - A conversation with Michael Byun.”

Please view the Zoom session recording linked below

Questions to consider before, during and after this presentation: Questions were generated by your TCC faculty member, Stephen Johns. 

Please reflect on these questions, and discuss with friends and family:

1. What are two of the most important things you learned from this conversation?

2. According to this talk, what are reasons Anti-Asian violence and hate crimes exist?

3. Violence and discrimination against Asian Americans is not a new phenomenon. What are other historic instances noted in this talk?

4. What are some ways to be an ally and take action to fight against violence against Asians in America?

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