Four days after six women of Asian descent were murdered by a white supremacist in Atlanta, the mainstream media is barely releasing the women’s names. Few details about the women are available, yet people are bombarded with details about the murderer, his “bad day” and “addiction” issues — information that his lawyers will be sure to bring up in his defense.
Coverage of the rise of white supremacy and hate incidents against Asians is scant despite reports such as the one released by Stop AAPI Hate that reported more than 3,700 hate incidents over the past year. Forty-four percent of the incidents were in California.
For now, we can remember the women whose lives were lost:
Daoyou Feng, 44: Worked at Young’s Massage. (New York Times, 3/19/2021)
Xiaojie “Emily” Tan, 49: Owner of Young’s Massage, who immigrated from China” and made her patrons feel at home,” was killed two days before her fiftieth birthday. She leaves behind a daughter who had recently graduated from college. (Washington Post, 3/18/2021)
Hyun J. Grant, 51: An employee at Gold Spa, Hyun Grant was a single mother who had raised two sons. “She spent most of her time working, rising early and returning late at night,” according to her son. Grant was a schoolteacher in South Korea before immigrating to the US. (Washington Post 3/18/2021)
Yong A. Yue, 63: no details available as of 3/19/2021.
Suncha Kim, 69: no details available as of 3/19/2021.
Soon C. Park, 74: no details available as of 3/19/2021.
Two other lives were lost:
Delaina Yaun, 33: mother of two children, one who was born just eight months ago, was at the spa with her husband. (New York Times, 3/19/2021)
Paul Andre Michels, 54: A former army infantryman. (New York Times, 3/19/2021)
A Washington Post story, “Why we don’t know more about the Atlanta shooting victims,” offers some of the details listed above, but information remains scant; this link was shared with me by Minal.