During our webinar this past Wednesday we acknowledged the pain and hurt of the Asian community and read the names of the eight lives lost, six of which were women of Asian descent, in Atlanta, Georgia; Yong Ae Yue, Hyun Jung Grant, Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Suncha Kim, Soon C. Park, Delania Yuan and Paul Andre Michels.
We recognise the pain of the Asian community within our retreat centers (be they staff or guests) at this pivotal time in the work against racial injustice and hate crimes, exacerbated by the pandemic over these last 12 months.
HCN has and always will be in the spirit of collaboration, seeking to co-create a more just and loving world. We exist to bring people together and to share the benefits of inner reflection for outer action, leading towards the transformation of society. Despite the suffering that exists in the world we believe in the importance of this collective work and that it matters now more than ever. We’re grateful to be in this with you and seek to create ever greater diversity, inclusion and compassion.
The Holistic Centers Network stands unequivocally in support of all Asian communities around the world. We stand in solidarity with #StopAsianHate. Collective impact happens only when people and organizations take principled positions and stand together united. An immediately relevant way to evolve consciousness and focus on justice in our world is for our centers to connect, communicate and, where feasible, collaborate to amplify our shared values. We celebrate our members in China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines and are committed to deepening this work globally.
The rise in violence, harassment, and discrimination against Asians and Asian-Americans since the beginning of the pandemic highlights the deep structural racism and white supremacy that exists in North America and other countries. We also acknowledge the persistence of sexism and misogyny in our culture that leads to gender-based violence and exploitation of many people from many backgrounds. We must dismantle these structures with clear, persistent, and mindful action and are committed to our ongoing JEDI work of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
We value the wisdom practices at the heart of our communities, much of which is rooted in the deep heritage of Asian traditions. We are grateful for the support, nourishment and inspiration these practices bring, giving us the strength and resilience to move forward. We believe in the importance of speaking up, educating ourselves and taking action against systemic injustice.
We share with you the HCN Vision and Mission revised earlier this year as we take each new step forward.
We envision a global network of holistic centers working together for the evolution of consciousness, justice, and care for the natural world.
To deepen connection, communication and collaboration among holistic centers worldwide, by sharing innovative learning and amplifying our collective impact.
If you’re interested to learn more of the history of Asians in America we share these resources:
- Ignoring the history of anti-Asian racism is another form of violence
- An extensive toolkit for anti-Asian violence actions and resources
with our love and compassion,
Christine and the Board of HCN