Asian American Scholar Forum Grieves with Monterey Park Community

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January 22, 2023

Media Contact: Mary Tablante, Asian American Scholar Forum,

Washington, D.C.— We mourn with the Monterey Park, California community following one of the deadliest mass shootings in California on Lunar New Year’s Eve this past Saturday night. A gunman entered a ballroom where a Lunar New Year event was being held, killing 10 and wounding at least 10 others. Monterey Park has a large Asian American and immigrant population and many were celebrating Lunar New Year festivities earlier that day. 

For anyone to inflict harm and violence during a time where there should be joy and celebration is beyond devastating. Families and communities should not have to go through this pain. We are determined to work together to protect each other and build safer communities.


Asian American Scholar Forum (AASF) promotes academic belonging, openness, freedom, and equality for all and represents more than 7,000 scientists, researchers, and scholars in the U.S.. In response to heightened anti-Asian sentiments in the U.S. and increasing profiling of Chinese Americans and immigrants in science, AASF has been a leading national voice fighting for the rights of Asian American and immigrant scientists, researchers, and scholars.