- The incident, which was caught in a now-viral video, occurred in the parking lot of the restaurant Sixty Vines at around 8:15 p.m. on Aug. 24.
- Upton allegedly told the group to “Go back to India” and threatened to “blow your f*cking brains out.”
- Upton was arrested the following day on charges of assault and making terroristic threats. She was ordered to be held on a $10,000 bond.
- The plaintiff, Dr. Bidisha Rudra, is now suing Upton for compensatory and punitive damages over the “traumatic” experience.
- Plano police are investigating the incident as a hate crime.
A woman who was filmed hurling racist remarks at a group of Indian American women outside a restaurant in Plano, Texas, last month is now facing a lawsuit from one of the victims.
The incident, which was caught in a now-viral video, occurred in the parking lot of the restaurant Sixty Vines in the 3700 block of Dallas Parkway at around 8:15 p.m. on Aug. 24.
- Korean Canadian actor Sandra Oh is set to narrate PBS’ documentary “Rising Against Asian Hate: One Day in March.”
- The documentary, produced by Repartee Films LLC in association with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), examines “the rise of anti-Asian racism and documents a growing movement to fight back and stop the hate” following the events of the 2021 Atlanta spa shootings.
- “The tragedy of the Atlanta shootings and the events of the past two years have compelled a deep reflection within the community about our place in the American polity. It has galvanized the Asian American community to speak up and speak out," director Titi Yu said in a recent press release.
- “Rising Against Asian Hate: One Day in March” is set to premiere on Oct. 17 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS.
“Killing Eve” star Sandra Oh has been tapped to narrate “Rising Against Asian Hate: One Day in March,” a PBS documentary exploring the rising anti-Asian hate in the United States following the 2021 spa shootings in Atlanta that left eight people dead.
The documentary, which will premiere on Oct. 17, examines “the rise of anti-Asian racism and documents a growing movement to fight back and stop the hate” following the events of last year’s Atlanta spa shootings where six Asian women were killed.
- According to a new report from the Orange County Human Relations Commission, the county recorded 398 hate crimes and incidents in 2021, a 6% increase from the 375 hate incidents in 2020.
- Hate crimes against Asian/Pacific Islander victims in 2021 registered a 43% increase from the year before, while hate incidents against the group saw a 164% increase from 2020.
- The 22 recorded hate crimes against LGBTQ-plus people in 2021 registered an 83% spike from the previous year.
- A state attorney general’s report released earlier this year revealed that anti-Asian hate crimes rose across California in 2021 to about 177% from 2020, the worst level since the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks.
Racially charged hate crimes and incidents in Orange County, California, saw a significant increase last year, a new report from the OC Human Relations Commission revealed.
In 2021, the county recorded 97 hate crimes and 301 incidents that failed to get criminal charges. While there were more hate crimes reported in the county in 2020 at 112, there were fewer incidents at 263.
- Two teen boys have been convicted of assaulting Xeudan “Shirley” Xiong in Dublin on the evening of Aug. 14. 2020.
- The attack, which was caught on a viral video, saw a group of boys push Xiong into the Royal Canal.
- Prior to the attack, Xiong had endured three other racist, intimidating encounters involving teen boys along the canal.
- The pair of convicted teens, who are both 16, remain held on bail and will return to court for sentencing next month.
A pair of 16-year-old boys have been convicted of shoving a Chinese woman into a canal in a racist attack in Dublin two years ago.
The incident, which was just one of four horrifying incidents involving teen boys that Xeudan “Shirley” Xiong had to endure on the same day, was caught in a viral video posted on TikTok.
- Holly Tinch, who runs Holly’s Road Kill Saloon in McLeod, Montana, has faced backlash for referring to COVID-19 as the “ch*nk flu” at the beginning of the pandemic.
- The outrage apparently resulted in an influx of one-star reviews of the bar online, but Tinch remains unfazed.
- In a new interview, Tinch affirmed that she’s standing by what she wrote, adding that she is “not a racist person at all.”
Years after writing an anti-Asian comment on Facebook, a bar owner in the small town of McLeod, Montana, has doubled down against critics and insisted that she is not racist.
Holly Tinch, who runs Holly’s Road Kill Saloon, referred to COVID-19 as the “ch*nk flu” at the beginning of the pandemic. While she has since faced backlash for using the term, she stands by it nearly three years later.
- Texas resident Scott Eli Harris, 52, was sentenced on Tuesday to six months in federal prison and three years of supervised release for sending a threatening message to Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician and CNN medical analyst known for advocating the COVID-19 vaccine.
- In his message, Harris swore by his “12 gauge” that he will never take Wen’s “wonder drug” and identified himself as “a 5th generation U.S. Army veteran and a sniper” who “can’t wait for the shooting to start.”
- Harris’ message also referenced the Asian American physician’s race and national origin, according to the Justice Department.
- Harris’ defenders said he “sincerely apologizes” for the harm he has caused but pointed out that he was “in the throes of undiagnosed, service-related mental illness” at the time of his offense.
A Texas man has been sentenced to six months in federal prison for sending a threatening message to a Maryland doctor known for advocating the COVID-19 vaccine.
The text message sent by Scott Eli Harris, 52, also referenced the Asian American physician’s race and national origin, according to the Justice Department.
- Dr. Vanessa Toolsie, president of the Orange County branch of the NAACP, announced her resignation on Sunday via Facebook post, alleging anti-Asian racism from the organization.
- At the helm for only six months, Toolsie cited internal sabotage in the form of neglected emails and deliberate misinformation, exclusion from their annual gala and repeated attacks regarding her Indian heritage in meetings and emails as main issues.
- John Cummings, communication, press and publicity chairperson for the branch, responded by saying they were “concerned about this person and the charges that were made,” and that they “don’t want to overlook or dehumanize or, in any way, cause anybody problems or concern intentionally or unintentionally,”
- Toolsie first joined the organization as a volunteer before working her way up the leadership ladder, helping helm initiatives such as the creation of a liaison program between the AAPI community and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
The president of the Orange County branch of the NAACP announced her resignation on Sunday in a Facebook post, accusing the organization of anti-Asian racism.
Dr. Vanessa Toolsie, the first South Asian leader of the organization, held the post for less than six months. She was first elected as vice president in 2021.
- Deborah Huggins, who was recently appointed Queens College’s interim public safety director in New York City, allegedly called College President Frank Wu a “ch*nk” and referenced “corona,” according to an ongoing petition.
- Huggins allegedly made the remark after Wu became the first Asian American to hold the position in April 2020.
- The petition seeks the reinstatement of the college’s former security director, Anastasia Koutsidis, who was allegedly dismissed after being “unfairly cast as a racist” in connection with a winter break incident.
- Aside from using an anti-Asian slur, Huggins is accused of demanding Muslim employees to stop wearing head coverings, barred employees of certain ethnic groups from microwaving their food due to “offensive” smells and saying “I hate house rats” in the presence of a Hispanic security guard.
A safety official at New York City’s Queens College is in hot water for allegedly using an anti-Asian slur and other offensive remarks toward several ethnic groups.
Deborah Huggins, who was recently appointed Queen College’s interim public safety director, allegedly made the anti-Asian comment about Frank Wu, who became the institution’s first Asian American president in April 2020. Huggins is African American.
Brutal attack on Chinese man in Auckland supermarket sparks calls for stronger hate crime laws in NZ
- A Chinese father was grocery shopping at Pak'nSave Albany in Auckland, New Zealand, when a man verbally and physically harassed him on July 24.
- The man hurled racist remarks, including “go back to where you’re from,” according to the victim’s daughter.
- The father was reportedly covered in egg residue and had received punches and kicks to his head, chest, stomach and lower back. He suffered multiple bruises to his head.
- The incident has prompted Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon to call for stronger hate crime laws.
- He said the COVID-19 pandemic brought on a “remarkable spike” in racism directed toward the Asian community in New Zealand.
The Asian community in New Zealand are calling on the government to enact stronger hate crime laws following a racially motivated attack on a Chinese father in an Auckland supermarket.
The unidentified father was grocery shopping at Pak’nSave Albany on July 24 at around 8:30 a.m. when a man verbally and physically harassed him, reported The New Zealand Herald.
- Tiffany Felder, 52, was arrested and charged with hate crime for attacking a 76-year-old Asian woman in Harlem, New York, on Wednesday.
- Felder allegedly yelled “I hate Koreans!” as he punched the woman in the back of her head with a closed fist at around 10:45 a.m.
- The victim reportedly refused medical treatment.
A man from East Harlem, New York, has been arrested for assaulting an Asian senior in an unprovoked attack.
Tiffany Felder, 52, was arrested and charged with one count of assault as a hate crime for attacking a 76-year-old woman at 112th Street and Third Avenue on Wednesday morning, according to the police.
- Stop AAPI Hate, a national coalition that tracks anti-Asian attacks, has documented nearly 11,500 hate incidents against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) across the United States between March 19, 2020 and March 31, 2022.
- Two-thirds (67%) of the recorded incidents involved harassment, such as verbal or written hate speech or inappropriate gestures. One in six (17%) of the incidents were reported as physical assault, and another 16% involved avoidance or shunning.
- Women were found twice as likely to report hate incidents as men.
- Most Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders believe the most effective response to address anti-AAPI racism is education and community-based solutions.
- Stop AAPI Hate called on elected officials to protect the AAPI community through civil rights expansion, to educate the public about AAPI histories and cultures and to invest in community-based programs.
Nearly 11,500 hate incidents have been reported against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders across the United States since 2020, according to the latest Stop AAPI Hate report.
Stop AAPI Hate, a national coalition that tracks anti-Asian attacks, has documented 11,467 hate incidents against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community between March 19, 2020, and March 31, 2022, according to their national report released on Wednesday.
- Derrick Johnson, 40, has been charged for assaulting two women of Korean descent and hurling anti-Asian slurs at them after entering the 47th-50th Streets/Rockefeller Center subway station in New York City on May 8.
- Johnson is facing two counts of third-degree assault as a hate crime and two counts of second-degree aggravated harassment, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said during Johnson’s indictment on Wednesday.
- The man, who was accused of throwing an unknown liquid at the two women, also reportedly spat at one of them, said racially offensive remarks such as “I don’t know why you’re here” and charged at one of them.
- “The rise of bias-driven crimes is unacceptable… We are expanding our Office’s Hate Crimes Unit to enhance these prosecutions while increasing community engagement and other preventative measures," Bragg said in a statement.
A man has been charged for assaulting two Asian women and hurling anti-Asian comments at them in a New York City subway station last May.
Derrick Johnson, 40, is facing two counts of third-degree assault as a hate crime and two counts of second-degree aggravated harassment, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said during Johnson’s indictment on Wednesday.