Eileen Park talks about anti-Asian hatred after marriage ceremony photographs in Vogue

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Eileen Park talks about anti-Asian hatred after wedding photos in Vogue

Eileen Park is reluctant to speak out about anti-Asian hatred, but after recent events she has decided to speak out.

The same week that a man killed eight people, six of whom were Asian women, Park’s marriage to Gregor Robertson was featured in Vogue magazine. While some people celebrated and congratulated the couple online, many others turned to racism.

In response, Park, who has Korean heritage, reached out to Facebook to share her thoughts.

“For too long, Asian women around the world like me have had to remain silent and eat our own bitterness,” she says at the beginning of the video.

The hatred she personally received came as an “avalanche,” despite the public discussion of anti-Asian hatred that took place at a time of grief for the widespread Asian community.

The video, which focuses on Park as she speaks, also shares screenshots of comments.

Together with anonymous internet commentators, she speaks about subtle racism in the media. Prior to marrying Robertson (she now lists Vancouver as her home on Facebook), she worked in politics in Portland, Oregon.

One particular type of racism she talks about is the hypersexualization and fetishization of Asian women, which she doesn’t surprise when it comes from the general public.

“I was surprised when members of the local press started getting involved. Rumors related to my Asian wife’s racist hyper-sensualization were amplified and investigated,” she says. “And shouldn’t come as a surprise, my white male predecessors didn’t get the same treatment for doing the same job as me.”

This type of coverage resulted in Park receiving racist news including grocery store harassment and death threats during the recent protests in Portland.

“Without my partner Gregor and a few friends I confided in, I don’t know where I would be today. There were many nights when I didn’t want to live anymore,” she says.

She encourages people to turn off a similar language for Asian women and become allies.

“What may seem like harmless gossip does real harm because dehumanization begins with words and words reinforce stereotypes and hatred,” she says. “And we cannot allow violence to be the end result of such hatred.”

In response to the video, people spoke out in favor of Park and the Asian community in North America.

I’m so sorry people are like this. They deserve better. I will not accept it and raise my family to do better. Congratulations on your wedding and I hope you have many years of luck.

– Mike Harrison (@MikePolarbear) March 22, 2021

Thank you @EileenParkTV for the courage to share your experience. #StopAsianHate https://t.co/rqwFgBpsLy

– Amrit Gill (@AmritG) March 22, 2021

It breaks my heart and makes me so angry.

You are amazing who you are and what you endured as friends. ❤️

– AJ McCord (@AJ_McCord) March 22, 2021