Recommended Readings on Violence Against AAPI Women

In response to the mass shooting targeting Asian and Asian American women in the Atlanta region, WGS faculty have compiled a list of recommended reading (and viewing), on the intersections of gender and anti-Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) violence. We hope that these resources will support students, scholars, the media, and the wider public in critically analyzing the role of constructs of women, gender, and sexuality in this horrifying act of violence, and in ongoing violence targeting AAPI individuals and communities.


Public statements and media commentary

Statement on the importance of intersectionality for understanding the Atlanta shootings by Kimberlé Crenshaw

Unlearning Scarcity, Cultivating Solidarity: A Toolkit for the Asian American Community by Jenny Dorsey, Sarah Hong, Emily Chen, and Sarah Koof of Studio ATAO

The Atlanta Shooting and the Dehumanizing of Asian Women by Jiayang Fan

Intersectionality and Incommensurability: Third World Feminism and Asian Decolonization by Grace Kyungwon Hong in Asian American Feminisms and Women of Color PoliticsLynn Fujiwara and Shireen Roshanravan, eds.

The Story Does Not Begin in Georgia: A Letter to Students About the Recent Shootings by Ju Yon Kim

Critical Race Theory is not Anti-Asian by Mari Matsuda

It's Time to Reckon with the History of Asian Women in America by Durba Mitra, Genevieve Clutario, and Sara Kang

Why this Wave of Asian-American Violence Feels Different (interview with Cathy Park Hong) by Morgan Ome

Don’t forget — the Georgia shootings are a hate crime against sex workers by Tracy Quan

Red Canary Song Response to Shootings at Gold Massage Spa, Young's Asian Massage, & Aroma Therapy Spa by Red Canary Song

A Sociologist's View On The Hyper-Sexualization Of Asian Women In American Society by Nancy Wang Yuen


Academic readings

Ornamentalism by Anne Cheng

Racial Melancholia, Racial Dissociation; On the Social and Psychic Lives of Asian Americans by David Eng and Shinhee Hong

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Kathy Park Hong

Traffic in Asian Women by Laura Hyun Yi Kang

The Managed Hand: Race, Gender and the Body in Beauty Service Work by Miliann Kang

The Making of Asia America by Erika Lee

Heterogeneity, Hybridity, Multiplicity: Asian American Differences by Lisa Lowe, chapter 3 in Lowe's Immigrant Acts: On Asian American Cultural Politics

This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color edited by Cherrie Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa

Sinister Wisdom 120: Asian Lesbians, edited by Vi Khi Nao

The history of fetishizing Asian women (interview with Celine Parreñas Shimizu) by Rachel Ramirez


Additional resources

Research Report and Resources for Disentangling Anti-Asian Violence by The AAPI-Covid 19 Research Project

Asian American Feminist Antibodies {care in the time of coronovirus}, by the Asian American Feminist Collective (PDF)

Educate Yourself and Get Involved by Kelsey Ichikawa, Kelsey Chen, Cynthia Chang, and Alice Cheng from the Building AAPI Collective Power website

Asian Americans (television series) by PBS