April 1, 2021
SOULPEPPER AND THE YOUNG CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE ASIAN COMMUNITY
Over the past year we have all witnessed an alarming escalation in anti-Asian hate, violence and discrimination. Most recently this was manifested in the murder of eight people, including six Asian women in Georgia, but, racism is something experienced daily in our city by members of the Asian community. We recognize that misogyny, bigotry, and discrimination against Asian-Canadians did not begin with the COVID-19 crisis, and that it has a long history in our country. We are forced to acknowledge this ugliness is a part of who we are as a society, and it must be addressed, and it must change.
We believe cultural institutions have a civic voice and a role to play in building a better society. And so, we must use that voice and the privileges our position provides to call for an end to anti-Asian racism and stand in solidarity with the Asian and Pacific Islander communities.
As a company, we are working with consultant, Dr. Christopher Taylor on creating an anti-racism framework to address inequities and oppression at our theatre and the industry at large.
As theatre makers, we commit to centering a plurality of voices and stories in our work. We believe in the transformative power of stories to unite communities, as well as mitigate ignorance, and the hate that stems from it. We invite you to consider joining us in lifting up organizations that play a role in supporting the Asian community: Fight Covid Racism, Elimin8Hate, Cecil Community Centre, and Butterfly.