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‘You came from South Korea’: Irvine vice-mayor confronted with xenophobic questioning at council meeting

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On Tuesday, Irvine Vice-Mayor Tammy Kim was subjected to racism and xenophobia during a council meeting for a project to build a veterans cemetery in the city.

About the meeting: City officials held a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the site where they would put an Orange County veterans cemetery, according to Voice of OC.

Anti-Asian hate incidents spike by 1,800% in Orange County

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Anti-Asian hate incidents — attacks that do not rise to the level of a hate crime — have increased in 2020 by a whopping 1,800% in California’s Orange County, according to a new report from the nonprofit Orange County Human Relations Commission.

Driving the surge: For the past decade, the county logged only four to five incidents against Asian Americans each year, according to Nhi Nguyen, the commission’s hate crime prevention coordinator. However, 2020 saw a total of 76 incidents against the community, a surge attributed to the growth of anti-Asian sentiment around COVID-19.

Man released after plowing into Asian mother and daughter, leaving them with critical injuries

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Two Asian women remain in critical condition after a pickup truck crashed into them in Anaheim, Calif. on Independence Day.

What happened: The victims, a Vietnamese mother and daughter, were watching Fourth of July fireworks in the 200 block of North Grand Avenue when the vehicle lost control and plowed into a crowd they were standing with.

Suspects Face Charges for Killing 6-Year-Old Boy in Road Rage Shooting in California

Authorities arrested two suspects connected to the fatal shooting of a 6-year-old boy during a road rage incident on the 55 Freeway in Orange, Calif., last month.

Arrest: California Highway Patrol (CHP) arrested Marcus Anthony Eriz, 24, and Wynne Lee, 23, on Sunday at their home in Costa Mesa for the death of Aiden Leos, according to NBC Los Angeles.

Man Who Harassed Olympian Sakura Kokumai Arrested After Assaulting Elderly Couple in OC Park

A man who was filmed harassing Olympic athlete Sakura Kokumai weeks ago in Orange County has been arrested after also allegedly attacking an elderly Korean American couple in the same location.

Michael Vivona, 25, was apprehended by Orange police for punching a 79-year-old man and 80-year-old woman in their faces at Grijalva Park on Sunday evening, LA Times reported.

Suspect Accused of Punching Korean American Woman at Skate Park in Tustin Faces Hate Crime Charge

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An 18-year-old woman was verbally attacked and physically assaulted by a male suspect last Sunday morning at her local skate park in Tustin, Calif.

Jenna Dupuy, who is of Korean and Puerto Rican descent, was at the Tustin Legacy Skatepark to teach a morning art class. She was approached by a man who made suggestive comments before eventually assaulting her. 

Man Accused of Attempting to Sexually Assault ‘White’ Woman in Response to Anti-Asian Crimes

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An Asian man accused of kidnapping and attempting to sexually assault an Asian woman because he thought she was white has been arrested and charged in Irvine, California last week.

Michael Sangbong Rhee, 37, of Lake Forest, allegedly targeted the victim while she was sitting in her car in the area of Harvard Avenue and Coronado Street around 1:30 p.m. on April 8.

Japanese American Olympian Racially Harassed While Training in Orange

Sakura Kokumai, a Japanese American Olympic athlete, was verbally harassed while training at a park in Orange, CA.

The incident happened in Grijalva Park on April 1 when Kokumai, 28, was training for her upcoming karate competition at the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games in July, according to KTLA. Soon after, an unidentified man approached her and started hurling racial slurs at the athlete.