In the wake of last weekend’s emailed death threats that appeared to target Harvard’s AAPI female population, several of Harvard’s AAPI women are now speaking out. In a powerful statement published in Manifesta Magazine, a Harvard-based feminist magazine, the AAPI women of Harvard decry the racism and misogyny of the weekend’s email threats as well as the university’s response.
Late last Friday, over three hundred Harvard students — most of them AAPI women — received a bizarre, profanity-laden email threatening that the email recipients would be shot on-campus on Saturday at 11 o’clock. The emails identified the sender as Stephanie Nguyen, and arrived first from a hotmail.de account registered to an Eduardo Nguyen; a second batch of emails containing identical text as the first email were sent minutes later from a Gmail account registered to a user named Huy Dinh.
Harvard University police heightened on-campus security, and FBI were called in to investigate; officials later announced that they did not consider the email a “credible threat” and believe that it originated overseas.
New details are now emerging that are rendering this case as bizarre as it is chilling.
Harvard University is reporting that hundreds of Harvard students — most of them female students with Asian or Asian American surnames — received a series of mass emails yesterday, threatening that they would be shot on-campus today.
Although the two emails, sent minutes apart, were addressed to “All students of Harvard”, they were not sent to the entire Harvard community. Instead, the emails appeared to have selectively targeted Asian and Asian American women, based on their surnames. The emails also offered some clue that the recipients were chosen based on their presumed race or ethnicity; the Harvard Crimson reports that the emails referred to the recipients’ “slit -eyes”.