Asian American Community Reflects on Deadly Atlanta Shooting Three Years Later

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QUEENS COLLEGE — On the first sunny day of March, as the weather permitted outdoor activities, a group of activists decided to mark the third anniversary of the anti-Asian shooting that took place in Atlanta, Georgia back in 2021. A small venue located between a deli and an ice cream shop housed 50 people who came to commemorate together as members of the Asian American community. 

“I am afraid that because it’s super sunny outside, not a lot of people will come,” said Diana Suryakusuma from the Stand With Asian American Foundation. “About 50 people should come. At the first commemoration we had about 300 people.” For the other anniversaries, it took place in Times Square so that more people could attend, but this year it changed. “We wanted something more intimate,” Suryakusuma said.