'Say their names' honors victims of violence against Asian/Asian Americans.
At a March 27 vigil on our town column, Stoneham residents gathered to remember the victims of hate crimes against Asians and Asian Americans.
The first eight, seven of them women, were killed on March 16, 2021, when a gunman opened fire in attacks at three spas in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Six of the women were Asian Americans, four of Korean background.
Xiaojie Tan, 49--Originally from China, Ms. Tan was a licensed massage therapist and owner of Youngs Asian Massage. A customer said, “She was the sweetest person you’d ever meet.” She was killed two days before her 50th birthday.
Daoyou Feng, 44--Ms. Feng had only recently started work at Youngs Asian Massage. A friend said. “She was quiet, but kind.”
Delaina Ashley Yaun Gonzalez, 33--She was the mother of an 8-month-old daughter and 13-year-old son. She had gone to Youngs Asian Spa with her husband, who survived.
Paul Andre Michels, 54--A veteran and husband, Mr. Michels was doing maintenance work for Ms. Tan when he was killed.
Soon Chung Park, 74--The oldest victim, Ms. Park worked alongside Ms. Grant and Ms. Kim at Gold Spa. Getting a text message about the shooting, her husband, Gwangho Lee, rushed to the spa and tried to give his wife CPR, without success.
Hyun Jung Grant, 51--Single mother of two teenage boys, Ms. Grant was killed while working at the Gold Spa. She had taught school in Korea before coming to the United States.
Suncha Kim, 69--a grandmother married for more than 50 years, she emigrated from South Korea to give her family a better life. She enjoyed line dancing.
Yong Ae Yue, 63--A licensed massage therapist, she worked at the Aromatherapy Spa. Born in South Korea, she met her former husband when he was stationed there in the U.S. Army. They had two sons.
Wounded: Elcias Hernandez-Ortiz, 30--Originally from Guatemala, a husband and father of a 9-year-0ld daughter, he was reported in critical condition after shots to the head, lungs and stomach.
Other acts of hate against Asians and Asian Americans include:
Vincent Chin, 27--June 23, 1982—A Chinese American draftsman, Mr. Chin was beaten to death with a baseball bat by two laid-off Detroit autoworkers, who accused him of taking their jobs.
Bun Vong, 34, and Som Bunyoeun, 26--August 4, 1985—Refugees from Cambodia, Mr. Vong and Mr. Bunyoeun were severely beaten by a gang of white man in Medford, MA. Mr. Vong suffered a skull fracture and died.
Balbir Singh Sodhi, 51--Sept. 15, 2001—A Sikh-American gas station owner in Mesa, AZ, Mr. Sodhi was shot and killed days after the Sept. 11 attacks by terrorists. He was originally from India.
Cha Vang, 30--March 19, 2007—A Hmong man from Southeast Asia, Mr. Vang was living in Green Bay, WI, when he was shot and stabbed to death. Married, he had five children.
Danny Chen, 19--Oct. 3, 2011—A Chinese-American soldier in Afghanistan, Mr. Chen was only 19 when, racially harassed, bullied and beaten by fellow soldiers at his base, he took his own life.
Sayaka Unno, 40--Sept. 27, 2020—An aspiring jazz pianist from Japan, Mr. Unno was brutally beaten by eight young men while leaving the NYC subway. He survived, but has lasting injuries.
Vicha Ratanapakdee, 84--Jan. 28, 2021—Brutally knocked to the ground in San Francisco, Mr. Ratanapakdee, an immigrant from Thailand, went into a coma and never recovered.
Noel Quintana, 61--Feb. 3, 2021—Mr. Quintana, a Filipino American, was slashed across his face by an assailant on the New York subway. He required 100 stitches.
Denny Kim, 27--Feb. 16, 2021—An Air Force veteran of Korean heritage, Mr. Kim was struck in the face and knocked down while walking on the sidewalk in Los Angeles. He credited his friend, who stopped the assailants, for saving his life.
These are just some of the victims of hate crimes, both recent and in our history. We must not forget them.