Korean Student Beaten By Drunk Man For Being Asian in Australia

A young Korean man suffered multiple injuries after being physically assaulted by a drunk man at a burger joint in Brisbane, Australia.

The victim, named Hyuk Ju Kwon, detailed the accounts of the alleged attack in a lengthy Facebook post along with photos of his wounds and bruises.

Kwon, who lives in Brisbane, wrote that he went to a Hungry Jack’s fast food outlet with his friend on May 22 for a late night snack. An intoxicated man reportedly approached them and started to harass them verbally.

While Kwon realized that he was being targeted by the stranger, he decided to ignore what the man was saying. After a few minutes of verbal abuse, the victim was hit in the face and head, which caused him to pass out.

When Kwon woke up in an ambulance shortly after, his friend, who appeared to have not been hurt by the man, said that he passed out for 10 minutes.

The unprovoked attack left Kwon with bruises and injuries on his face, head and other parts of the body.  
After being released from a hospital on Sunday, Kwon said he received support from his friends and loved ones.

The suspect, who is yet to be identified, reportedly fled the scene when the paramedics arrived.

While it was not clear if this particular attack was racially motivated as the case is still under police investigation, “hate crimes” against Asians in Australia have been on the rise in recent years.

From public tirades, student harassments, physical assaults, and even murders, Asians have experienced racist attacks that have prompted governments to issue warnings to its citizens.

Images via Facebook / Hyukju Kwon

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