The Department of Religious Studies stands in solidarity with people of Asian descent who are experiencing and have long experienced the continued legacies of racism, heinous acts of terror, and murder. We acknowledge the added layers of pain, trauma, and grief upon communities already impacted by Covid-19. We also recognize the recent increase in hate crimes and discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. In light of the 3,795 incidents received by Stop AAPI Hate (https://stopaapihate.org/), in addition to the numbers of anti-Asian hate crimes unreported, we recognize the shared trauma of systemic racism and inequity in AAPI communities as well as other minority groups. 

The Department of Religious Studies cares about, and for, our AAPI community and wants to support our students, faculty, and staff as they process the pain of these events. We also recognize the larger work of advocacy in confronting and dismantling racism in all of its forms. We hope as allies to be a resource to confront and dismantle the products of hate. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” 

Tune in to Dr. Alex Kaloyanides' discussion of the 19th century American Baptist mission to Burma and its impact on Burmese history on the podcast "Myanmar Musings." Alex is a professor in the Religious Studies' department at UNC Charlotte. (Link to podcast opens in a new browser window).

"Myanmar Musings is the world's leading podcast with researchers and thinkers on issues relating to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar."

Also available on Spotify. (Link opens in new browser window)