My great grandparents lived at Pt. Alones (now Hopkins Marine Station) for almost forty years before Stanford evicted them and a fire destroyed the entire Chinese fishing village in 1906. They had to move to San Francisco Chinatown as the only place of refuge from racism. A century later, my 94 year old mother is afraid to walk in San Francisco, except in Chinese neighborhoods, because of the surge in COVID-19 anti-Asian hate. Stanford students need to know this history of exclusion, displacement, segregation, and racial violence that Asian Americans share with other communities of color. They need AAS at Stanford so that they can be informed critical thinkers who can make the changes needed in our society.
Russell Jeung, PhD
Professor, Asian American Studies San Francisco State University
Co-Founder, Stop AAPI Hate