Mass shootings in Atlanta and Boulder leave us numb. We grieve with family and friends of the innocent victims.

One seemingly random. The other specific. Both tragedies.

And it continues on. Just this week, a gunman in Orange, Calif., killed four people including a 9-year-old boy.

In Atlanta, killings of six Asian American women, among the eight victims of that tragedy, has heightened the awareness of increased discrimination in our country aimed at Asian and Pacific Island Americans. The “China virus” rhetoric has incited hateful incidents and uncovered some of the deep bruises from the experiences of Asian-Pacific Island people.

When my husband, Mel Sather, was alive, he would talk about growing up in post-World War II Seward, Alaska, and being taunted by other children for looking Japanese.

Our children must learn from us that any kind of prejudice is unacceptable. That everyone in our community, in our state, in our country, has an equal right to prosper. And that we are more alike than we are different.

The Korean American Community of Anchorage, Inc. is calling for partners to work together, for good. We must all be in this together. This week, we gathered with a group to talk through ideas and have concrete action items in our efforts to be a good community partner.

Thank you, Korean American community. What a strong, needed message.

Learn more:

You can read the statement published on Facebook here and on the organization’s website in Korean and English here.

Listen to a special KTOO program by Rhonda McBride here.

Read The Foraker Group’s statement here.

Rasmuson Foundation hosted a convening with Korean American leaders from around Alaska on April 1, 2021.