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ASQ主席致全球ASQ会员的一封信

发布日期:2021-03-29 08:53:04

Dear Members,
 
I reach out to you today asking you to stand in solidarity with our fellow ASQ members and staff who are Asian or of Asian descent as well as those in our communities who are Asian or of Asian descent. This past year, around the world, Asians have been increasingly targeted in hate crimes. In the United States, where ASQ is headquartered, this culminated last week with 6 Asian women being senselessly killed in a mass shooting in Atlanta, Georgia, which killed 8 people. 


While some want to debate whether this was a hate crime, regardless of the motive of the perpetrator, the Asian community very much feels like this is an attack on their community. The combination of data showing an increase in violence and abuse towards those in the Asian community and a man specifically targeting Asian women in a killing spree indicates that those in the Asian community are a vulnerable audience and have reason to be fearful. 


And, I want to be clear that inclusion and talking about this issue is not political, nor is it a political ideology. This is a quality of life issue and a safety issue. No one should have to live with this fear. ASQ is a global association which includes a regional center in China. We have members and staff who are living this experience and we can learn from them and be sympathetic to their experiences. 


There are ways we can help and that’s what I would like to ask of you. It starts by us listening to the immediately impacted folks — the communities on the ground — and honoring what they’re asking for, and what they’re saying they need. This includes:

  • If you personally happen to find yourself witnessing something, speak out or actually intervene and defend the other person. Please remember that it can be even more hurtful to have no one stand with someone who is being targeted.

  • Ask those directly affected in your life what you can do to support them.


Workplaces, and associations like ASQ, can do better in terms of creating space for their members and employees to understand this issue. This is one reason why ASQ created the Diversity Inclusion Task Force last year. We want to use our platform to talk about these issues to better understand so that we all can work to make ASQ a place that everyone wants to be. 


ASQ has specific policies about anti-discrimination and anti-harassment that set the standard for what is expected of each of us. To make ASQ a place for everyone, we must address tough issues like diversity and inclusion and be willing to have these conversations. There is power in numbers and in unity. I thank you for being willing to stand together. 
 
Sincerely,



Janet Raddatz

ASQ Chair