Yesterday, Wednesday March 17thth, 2021, Gene Luen Yang posted a serious and important comic on InstagramAccompanied by the hashtags #AsiansAreHuman, #StopAsianHate and #StopAAPIHate, the post shared an essential and timely message about the increasing violence against Asian communities in the United States.
Gene Luen Yang
Earlier this year, Yang was named The Beat Comics Industry Person of the Year for 2020. It is the second time he has received the honor, as he was previously recorded when The Beat Comics Industry was awarded to him and the creative team. awarded. behind March Representative John Lewis Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell) in 2016.
Yang is a Macarthur Fellow, and he has been behind several of The Beat’s Best Comics of 2020, with both Dragon Hoops and Superman saves the Klan (with Gurihiru and Janice Chiang) making the Top 10.
An important message
The comic posted Yang on Instagram on March 17th2021 is in response to a topic that was trending on Twitter yesterday morning: #AsiansAreHuman. As Yang’s cartoon avatar explains, it’s a sadly familiar sentiment, and a sentiment he’s been fighting throughout his life through his work.
– Gene Luen Yang (@geneluenyang) March 17, 2021
The comic is a response to increasing violence in the United States against Asian-American communities, including the murder of eight people in Atlanta earlier this week a number with six Asian women.
While many of the comics we feature in the A Year of Free Comics feature offer levity, it’s important to remember that comics can also be used to facilitate essential conversations that may be difficult or impossible on other media. The Beat exhorts readers click through to Yang’s Instagram page and read the comic in its entirety, taking the time to consider its contents.
The Beat is part of the Asian-American community. Asian hatred must stop.
Please read Yang’s comic and think about how you can help make your community safer for everyone.
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