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“Honoring our Health Heroes/ Cycle of Hardships” Poster

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On March 25, 2020, Green Card Voices launched #LoveYourAsianNeighbors, a social media campaign to combat the harm being inflicted on Asian American communities by sharing important anti-xenophobic messaging related to COVID-19, and to build solidarity with all of our neighbors. As a part of the #LoveYourAsianNeighbors campaign, Green Card Voices collaborated with three immigrant illustrators to create illustrations fueled by recent xenophobic cases. 

This 11×11 poster, a part of our #LoveYourAsianNeighbors Illustrator series, features local Minneapolis-based artist, Sunshine Gao, and their piece we’ve entitled: “Honoring our Health Heroes/ Cycle of Hardships” which displays a variation of a traditional Hmong story cloth.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to reveal how quickly and painfully fear can drive action and beliefs, Sunshines shares what the impact of the pandemic means to them:

“But we immigrants are facing down the virus together with every other American–whether as doctors, nurses, researchers, service workers, or just neighbors. We all came to America for different reasons — refuge, wealth, freedom — but it is our home, now.”

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to reveal how quickly and painfully fear can drive action and beliefs, Sunshines shares what the impact of the pandemic means to them:

“But we immigrants are facing down the virus together with every other American–whether as doctors, nurses, researchers, service workers, or just neighbors. We all came to America for different reasons — refuge, wealth, freedom — but it is our home, now.”

After working all day, Alvin Moua received an anonymous letter taped to their door: “We’re watching you [expletives]. take the chinese virus back to china. We don’t want you … infecting us with your diseases!!!!!!!!!!” 

Another act of discrimination happened when Kathy Thao’s son who was home at the time, told her they scoped out the laundry room. But when they came back upstairs, one of the workers asked him if he was sick. “My son told him that he wasn’t sick, and he asked if my son was lying,” Thao said, “And he actually told my son that, ‘We can’t do this.’” 

Gao Fitch, a Hmong American woman who lives in Albertville, Minnesota said, “we are painted as model minorities — people with high-paying occupations and are in positions of power — to justify the narrative that Asians don’t experience discrimination or harassment in this country. Yet, placing all Asians under one umbrella is why we’re arguing for people to see our humanity. We’re simply asking for the dignity and respect that we deserve as fellow Americans and Minnesotans.

Minnesota is home to the largest urban concentration of 80,000 Hmong American, an Asian ethnic group from China, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam who fought alongside America in the Vietnam War or also known as the Secret War that ended in 1975.  

John Yang who studied health and wellness at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and is an interpreter for Community University Health Care Center said, “I have seen many Asians being targeted around the globe and I just got added to the list. But CUHCC has been a real support for their staff and I am happy to be working here.” 

At the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, the Discrimination Helpline launched to ensure your experiences counted from the fear and backlash during COVID-19. Bo Thao-Urabe, executive and network director of the Coalition of Asian-American Leaders said, “by collecting stories from victims and bystanders, and by working together with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights to understand that information, we are letting people know that what is happening to them is not OK, and we are serious about strengthening communities to ensure everyone’s safety.”

During this unprecedented time, we must extend kindness and generosity to those who are experiencing hateful acts of xenophobia and racism. This is especially true for Asian health workers, who put themselves at risk and under extensive mental, physical, and emotional pressure every day to ensure that their neighbors, our neighbors, can make it through this fearsome time alive and among their loved ones.

Additional Articles:

https://www.sunshine-gao.com/

https://www.mprnews.org/story/2020/03/25/asian-americans-in-minnesota-confront-a-covid19-backlash?fbclid=IwAR3TmtpNm51dfawqVjrMDw3sR3eLce4fjoM3Fsg_qEL8PqjoaAI4IKEPax8

https://m.startribune.com/local-asian-americans-face-insults-hostility/569178982/?fbclid=IwAR1yaVcreAKZsZiFTVM4QsG66QLP2NW3H1WcOVGXKLNSlX-Yxb8xoEfpzkw

https://www.sahanjournal.com/commentary/im-asian-american-in-rural-minnesota-and-have-felt-the-sting-of-pandemic-fueled-racism/

https://www.startribune.com/these-minn-health-care-heroes-are-fighting-on-the-front-lines-against-covid-19/569735921/?fbclid=IwAR3N5qrWjEt788nANEkJ8XLN8Zk8STk9Cd8Ar86gueXDPl8QIDUEqNZZ9lo

https://mn.gov/capm/assets/2019%20Report%20-%20Council%20on%20Asian%20Pacific%20Minnesotans_MedRes_tcm1051-418427.pdf

https://mn.gov/mdhr/intake/discrimination-helpline.jsp

https://www.startribune.com/amid-anti-asian-bias-because-of-covid-19-minnesota-launches-discrimination-helpline/569410032/

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