California celebrated its first-ever Kimchi Day on Monday with a festival.
Olympic gold medalist Suni Lee said in a recent interview that she was the target of an anti-Asian attack in Los Angeles where she was pepper-sprayed and told to “go back to where they came from.”
Racist attack: The 18-year-old athlete, who became the first Hmong American gymnast to make it to the Olympics, told Pop Sugar that she requested an Uber with her Asian friends when a group in a passing car shouted racist slurs, such as “ching chong,” at them.
A Chinese professor visiting Los Angeles early this month fought off an attacker using martial arts in an incident that has gone viral across Chinese media.
Los Angeles County has reported a 76% growth in anti-Asian hate crimes in the past year.
The stats: On Wednesday, the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations (LACCHR) released a report documenting the increase to 44 recorded incidents in 2020 from 25 in 2019.
Two Chinese men reportedly left a restaurant in California without paying because a group of Chinese American diners sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” during an event.
What happened: The incident occurred inside a Chinese restaurant in Los Angeles on Oct. 13, according to World Journal, as translated by Taiwan News. The two men entered the restaurant at around 7 p.m. and left without paying 20 minutes later.
Asian elder scared of stepping outside after seeing his arrested attacker in the same spot days later
An elderly Asian American man is fearful of going out after seeing the person who viciously assaulted him in Los Angeles’ Koreatown just a few days later.
What happened: Samuel Kang, 70, was waiting for a bus at the corner of 5th Street and Western Avenue on Sept. 20 when he first came across Cartrell Smith, who, after walking by, allegedly turned around and hit Kang in the face.
An Asian woman who suffered a bloodied mouth after an unprovoked attack in Los Angeles is seeking justice as her alleged assailant continues to walk free.
What happened: Jennifer Chen, a Canadian national visiting the city, was alone in her car when a man allegedly approached her, uttered a racial slur and punched her in the mouth. The incident reportedly occurred in the parking lot of The Balcony on Beverwil around 4:25 p.m. on Sept. 15.
Koreatown mural redone after three-year-long community backlash accusing of it being like a swastika
After three years of arguing, petitioning and back-and-forth conversations, a mural in Los Angeles’ Koreatown was redone and unveiled last Wednesday.
The controversy: In 2016, a mural was put up on a wall of the Robert F. Kennedy Community School in Los Angeles honoring Hollywood icon and actress Ava Gardner. There were no qualms about the actress herself, but in 2018, Korean community groups and protestors took issue with the massive crimson sun rays emanating from her face, comparing them to a swastika or a burning cross, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Jin Yu, a digital entrepreneur and Clubhouse influencer known as WOLF x LION, has recently passed away “as peacefully as possible” in a hospital surrounded by family.
Asian Twitch IRL (in real life) streamer JoeyKaotyk encountered a racist passerby during a live stream in downtown Los Angeles on Monday.
What happened: JoeyKaotyk was doing his usual live stream when a man walked past him and started mocking his Asian heritage with a fake accent, according to Dexerto.
A man who caused a ruckus after refusing to wear a mask at an H Mart in California was forced to leave the store as its manager and customers stood together to kick him out.
What happened: The incident occurred at the Korean American supermarket’s location in West Huntington Drive, Arcadia around 6:15 p.m. on Aug. 6. Emilie Tan (@emilieeetan), who was shopping with her boyfriend, managed to film parts of the chaos.
Korean American officer Dominic Choi made history as the first Asian American assistant chief of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).
The promotion: Choi’s promotion to assistant chief now gives him the second-highest ranking in the department. He is one of three assistant chiefs, according to CBS Los Angeles.