PEN America, Asian America Writers Workshop spearhead statement from more than 100 writers from around the worldFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE(New York, NY) – PEN America and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop today released a joint statement from well over 100 writers, artists, actors, and creative professionals calling for an end to anti-Asian and Asian-American sentiment amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We realize that this anti-Asian sentiment comes alongside an equally troubling uptick in xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and anti-Black violence,” said writer and PEN America Trustee Min Jin Lee.
“This is a clarion call that all forms of racist hatred, especially at this moment, are unwelcome, unacceptable, and intolerable.
“The AAWW is proud to partner with PEN America in taking a stand against this dangerous rise in bigotry.
The alarming rise in xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and anti-Black violence during this pandemic demands a robust civic response.