The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) reaffirms our previous condemnation of racism and discrimination and denounces the ongoing acts of harassment and violence directed at Asian Americans in the U.S.

The deaths of six Asian women in recent shootings in the Atlanta area follow a disturbing trend of racist attacks targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the past year. A recent report indicates that nearly 3,800 hate incidents — including physical assaults, harassment, and discrimination — have been documented by the Stop AAPI Hate reporting center since March 2020. These attacks have frequently targeted women, children, and older adults, causing fear and anger throughout the Asian American community.

The AASM stands with our Asian American neighbors and friends, and we appreciate their contributions to our communities. Together, we oppose racism and discrimination.

We also value our Asian American members, staff, colleagues, and patients. Our organization and our field are stronger and better because of them.

In our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, the AASM will continue to celebrate our unique attributes and backgrounds, and we will strive to build a stronger community in which every individual —regardless of race — feels a sense of belonging. We urge all our members to join us in this endeavor.

Kannan Ramar, MD
AASM president, on behalf of the Board of Directors