It was a deeply painful time, another violent expression of centuries-old racism against Asians and Asian Americans. From the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 to Japanese incarceration camps during WWII and the murder of Vincent Chin in 1982, the story of Asians in America has been framed by racism. Journalism has long been part of the problem, perpetuating stereotypes and manufacturing threats.
But as we received inquiries from newsrooms, corporations and community groups who were using our guidance as a starting point for coverage and internal discussions, we saw a glimmer of hope and opportunity. Maybe, just maybe, there was enough momentum to push past stereotypes and improve coverage of the AAPI community.