In response to a series of xenophobic incidents at Columbia University, where East Asian name tags were ripped off in multiple residence halls, Chinese International students share the story of their names by creating a short video.
The video is titled “Say My Name”. It’s gone viral, short to reaching 300k views in facebook as of this moment. Watch it here:
Mashable contacted Huhe Yan, an undergraduate student who produced the video. According to the interview Huhe Yan said: “The video is a way to challenge the stereotypes about the Asian community and especially Chinese students — that they are silent and take punches without complaints.”
“No, we might have good tempers and tend to avoid conflicts, but we do have an attitude and voices to be heard.”
Columbia University’s Asian American Alliance released a statement condemning the incidents as a “racist and unacceptable attempt” to alienate the Asian community, and calling for a “rejection of acts of bigotry and intimidation.”
Over 250 people have signed the statement in solidarity.
It’s great to learn the story behind each name. Racism has no place in our society.