Our chapter has made it a priority to respond to anti-Asian racism and violence, from helping inform newsroom coverage to hosting community dialogue. When KPIX reporter Betty Yu recently got verbally attacked by a shock jock, it was another reminder to continue to be vigilant.
Shortly after a conservative YouTube and podcast host made what critics and Yu supporters have described were â€œdisgustingâ€ racist and sexist remarks toward Yu, AAJA National and our chapter met with KPIX executives to provide guidance. We each swiftly released statements condemning such behavior.
â€œThese comments, which reinforce the â€˜perpetual foreignerâ€™ stereotype â€¦ are particularly egregious at a time when the Asian American community is experiencing increased violence and xenophobia,â€ said the joint AAJA statement released Oct. 21.
The AAJA-SF Bay Area chapter added: â€œWe condemn comments that create an unsafe environment for journalists, especially women of color.â€