API COMMUNITY RESPONDS TO ASIAN BUSINESSES BEING VANDALIZED
July 2, 2016
EUGENE, OR – During the past week a number of well-known Asian-owned businesses were vandalized by rocks thrown through their windows. Yi Shen Market had it happen three times this week and multiple times over the last few months. Also vandalized were King’s Asian Market, LZ Chinese Dish, Sushi Island, Jade Palace, Lotus Garden, and Chingu Restaurant. Some owners reported that they did not report the incidents to police due to language barriers. Most of the businesses are near the West 11th area of Eugene. We believe that these businesses are targeted due to their racial or ethnic background. There is security footage that shows two individuals on foot throwing rocks at one of the businesses, but their identities are unclear.
Concerned Asian American community members met this week to discuss next steps. Tentatively calling themselves the Asian/Pacific Islander Community Action Team (APICAT) planned actions include:
• Gofundme page to assist victims
• Nightly shifts of volunteer observers to report suspicious activity.
• Installation of security systems
• Installation of Plexiglas coverings on windows
• Educational materials and outreach for vandalism prevention in Asian languages
• Contacting public officials to meet and discuss partnerships and solutions
• Emotional support from members of the community
• Contacting the media and posting on social media
What you can do:
1. Donate to the gofundme campaign
2. Volunteer to:
a. Be a part of the APICAT planning committee
b. Be a night observer. Sign up here: http://doodle.com/poll/h5vkvsfx3e4e9v5h
c. Be a handy-person to install Plexiglas or security systems
d. Translate written materials into Asian languages
e. Visit Asian businesses to discuss and handout vandalism prevention materials
3. Patronize the affected businesses and show your support
4. Share this post!
Jason Mak, Sam Roxas-Chua, David Yuen Tam, Ardyn Reyes Wolfe